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Wishing hunting season had opened sooner

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Town Hall meeting at Kentucky Horse Park next week

By Jeff Lilly

Looking back it sure would have been nice if this year’s modern firearm season had opened one week earlier. The cool temperatures on the first Saturday morning of November were hovering around the freezing mark and it just felt like deer season in the Bluegrass. Oh well, you've got to take what you can get which as it turned out this year was a warm up just before the season opened on the second Saturday of November. We did get a much needed rain so Ben won’t have to worry any more about deer season being cancelled. The Lilly camp did alright this year with a 9-pointer, two pretty nice 8-pointers and one 7-point buck.  That’s down about 50 percent for our crew but we’ll take it. 

The crew will be in wild, wonderful West Virginia as you read this Thanksgiving week edition of the paper. Doesn’t sound too promising as far as harvest numbers go due to last winters estimated winter kill of 50 percent-plus in much of the areas we typically hunt.  They actually measured snow in the mountains by the foot. The main problem was the three to four feet of snow stayed on the ground for over three months leading to massive deer and turkey starvation. The good news is that it should still be a great trip with or without a big harvest because my boy Hunter is going up to the big woods for his first trip to the Lilly’s West Virginia deer camp. It won’t matter whether we bring any venison back to Kentucky or not the family time is always priceless and the most memorable.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife “town hall” meetings in December

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is looking to hear from the public with a series of statewide “Town Hall” style meetings.  District 6, which includes Anderson County, will meet on Wed. Dec. 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park, North Exhibit Hall. All meetings are to begin at 7 p.m. Enter through the main entrance. Get out and voice your concerns about our fish and wildlife issues here in the bluegrass.

Bluegrass Region deer harvest update (As of Nov. 18)

Anderson County 1,004; Franklin 908; Shelby 1,204; Spencer 868; Nelson 748; Washington 773; Mercer 432; and Woodford 343. The statewide total was 63, 960.

Bluegrass region fall turkey harvest update (As of Nov. 18)

Anderson County 49; Franklin 18; Shelby 66; Spencer 55; Nelson 26; Washington 35; Mercer 15; Woodford 8. The statewide total is 3,093.
Ongoing and upcoming Bluegrass Region seasons
Archery season for deer and turkey – now until Jan. 17;  Crossbow season for deer and turkey – now until Dec. 31; Fall late shotgun turkey season – Dec. 4-10; Late muzzle loading deer season – Dec. 11-19; Rabbit season – now until Jan. 31 in the Bluegrass Area. Squirrel hunting and trapping season – now until Feb. 28. Raccoon and opossum hunting season – now– Feb. 28 (Hunting only at night during modern gun deer season). Raccoon and opossum trapping season – now until Feb. 28.
Bobcat hunting season – Now until Jan. 31. Bobcat trapping season –Now until Feb. 28.
Otter, muskrat, mink, beaver, red fox, grey fox, weasel and striped skunk hunting and trapping season – now until Feb. 28. Coyote, wild hog and groundhog season – year round with no bag limit.
Bear Season, firearms, archery or crossbow – Dec. 18 and 19, only in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties.

Always check the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources regulations before going afield.

Take a kid hunting or fishing soon!

See ya outside!