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Outdoors

  • Hunters may now apply online for quota deer, small game and waterfowl hunts on state WMAs

    By Art Lander

    Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

    Hunters may now apply online for quota hunts for deer, small game and waterfowl on state wildlife management areas (WMAs). Those without computer access may still register over the telephone by calling 1-877-598-2401. This toll-free number is staffed 24 hours a day.

    The application period for state WMA quota hunts is September 1-30. Kentucky state parks are also offering special bow hunting packages that are not quota hunts, but reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Cooler weather means hunting seasons drawing closer

    Once again another year has rolled by and my favorite time of year is easing its way into the Bluegrass State. Fall and all the great sights, sounds and smells of the season are just around the corner. Sure, August in Kentucky is still usually sweltering hot but we’ve actually been blessed with some cooler weather and especially cooler nights for sleeping.

  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes seasons

    The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the 2011-2012 waterfowl seasons at its quarterly meeting held Aug. 19.

    Commission members also elected officers and recommended spring turkey hunting regulations for Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County.

  • Get ready for archery deer season

    It’s no mystery why hunting white-tailed deer with bows and arrows has such a dedicated following.
    One reason is archery season runs more than four months long.

    The 2011-12 season is 136 days, opening on the Labor Day holiday weekend (Saturday, Sept. 3), and running through Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

    Another reason is liberal bag limits.

  • Archery shoot aimed toward deer season opener

    The Anderson County Sportsman’s Club will host its final archery shoot of the year Saturday, Aug. 27, the club announced.
    Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., followed by the shoot.
    Cost is $10 for adults.
    The course will include 30 3D targets, three of which will be new, including an elk and caribou.
    To give shooters an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming deer season, the course will be designed in a hunting setting.
    A Rinehart target will be given away during the shoot, and another will be raffled.

  • Dove season outlook promising for Sept. 1 opener

    I remember the thrill the first time my neighbor, Mr. Goff, let me go along with the older boys on an early season dove hunt in the country around Bloomfield, Kentucky.

  • Squirrel season kicks off fall hunting Aug. 20

    The first hunting season of the fall opens soon.


    Kentucky’s fall squirrel season, a 192-day split season that kicks off the calendar of fall hunting, opens on Aug. 20 and continues through Nov. 11. The season opens again Nov. 14 and runs through Feb. 29, 2012.


    The daily bag limit is six squirrels.


    Ben Robinson, small game biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said the outlook for the season is excellent.

  • When it comes to wildlife, resist the urge to adopt

    Most people I know really like, if not love, baby animals.


    The reaction to them is much the same as the actions towards our own babies of the human race. We all love to watch the little tricycle motors grow up and watch in amazement as they go from crying, eating and cooing poop machines to the adults of the future. They need nurturing and a lot of care to reach a point of independence. Baby animals, however, are typically not as helpless as human babes or nearly as helpless as humans think. That brings me to the main point of my column this month.  

  • Goose, dove, squirrel seasons near

    The first fall hunting season in Kentucky opens in less than a month. Here are some highlights of what’s to come:


    The 2011-2012 Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide is being printed and will be mailed to license vendors statewide next week.


    The 66-page guide is free, and details the season dates, bag limits and regulations for deer, elk, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers.

  • COLUMN: Pleasant ways to enjoy the great outdoors

    Summer has arrived in Kentucky and with that comes the heat, humidity, thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding that typically accompany such weather events. There’s nothing surprising in a day in the Bluegrasss state, especially here in Anderson County.