Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year to all. Let's hope 2010 will be a great year for hunting and fishing in the Bluegrass. My 2009 was a great one as a dad as my son finally connected on his first turkey and his 3rd buck. Other than that, it was slow! Let's hope foor great things in 2010! Good luck to everyone.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
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Well, it looks like Kentucky's first ever bear season might have been a complete bust. If telecheck results are correct, ZERO bear were killed in this weekends historic hunt. I know snow was a big issue in the three county area but I'm shocked no bear were taken.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wow, I'm shocked that the bear season will be open Sunday the 20th. The limit of bears was not killed today. I'm not sure how many bear were killed b/c the telecheck results won't be posted until Sunday morning. Update to come.
Apparently, people are saying the snow storm has shut down many roads in Eastern Kentucky this morning and a lot of people couldn't even hunt.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Crossbow runs until December 31st.
The Free Youth deer hunting weekend is December 26th and 27th.
The Bear season is December 19th and 20th in Harlan, Pike, and Letcher counties.
Bobcat runs through January 31st.
Squirrel season runs until Feb 28th.
The Free Youth small game week is December 26th to Jan. 1.
Fall turkey gun ends on Decmeber 11th. Archery Turkey runs until January 18th and crossbow ends December 31st.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
It's already time you can purchase your elk lotter application for 2010. The $10 application gives you the opportunity to be drawn for either a bull or cow tag. It should be interesting to see how many permits are issued this season. We shouldn't know until sometime around March. Good luck.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Here are a few things I learned this season that I'd forgotten before the season started:
1. No matter how many big bucks you see in the summer time or on camera, you won't see that many during hunting season.
2. If you get that one 10 second chance at a really big buck, you darn well better take advantage because you usually won't get another one.
3. Appreciate neighbors that kill a few deer here and there and have stands on your property line because they could sell to guys who let everybody hunt and kill every deer they see.
4. The weather is more than unpredictable in the Bluegrass and it gets crazier every year.
5. You should hunt hard in the early season while the bucks are grouped up.
more to come later...............
Looks like I'm not the only one......................He sums most of it up to a bad timing on moon phase, bad weather (warm, wet, and windy), and acres of corn and beans not harvested b/c of wet weather.
Copy and paste the above link to read the entire article by Gordon Whittington of Deer and Deer Hunting
NAW's Big Buck Blog
December 1, 2009
By Gordon Whittington
Rut Gone Wrong
December 1, 2009
Serious whitetail hunters spend 50 weeks of each year waiting for the other two to get here. So what happens when those two -- the ones that typically feature the hottest and heaviest rutting activity -- are a bust? It makes for some mighty long days in the field, and for some equally long faces back in camp.
Welcome, sadly, to one of those years. For much of North America, the 2009 rut has been a flop of epic proportions.
Amber waves of (soggy) grain: that's the story in much of the Corn Belt this fall, and neither farmers nor hunters are happy about it.
I wish it weren't so, but from everything I've seen and heard, it is. I honestly can't recall such a poor span for mature buck movement at this time of year since . . . well, I don't know when. It's just been that bad.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Fall turkey crossbow continues through Dec. 31st.
Fall turkey shotgun comes back in Dec. 5-11th.
The bear season is coming up on Dec. 19-20 in Harlan, Letcher, and Pike only.
Duck season comes in on November 26-29th and then back in on Dec. 7 through Jan 31st.
Canadian Goose season is in starting today through January 31st.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Reward Offered For Information On Weekend Poaching Of Three Elk In Bell County
Nov 16, 2009
Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officers are seeking information about the weekend poaching of three young bull elk in Bell County and are offering a reward for the information.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dr. Jon Gassett has authorized a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot and killed the three elk Saturday on top of Redbird Mountain, located off KY 66.
State Fish and Wildlife officers say witnesses saw an elk fall, then spotted two more dead elk as they approached the first animal. The witnesses also saw two other persons approach the downed elk, then turn and leave the area.
The officers immediately opened an investigation and recovered several pieces of evidence, including ballistic evidence.
Persons with information are encouraged to contact Bell County state conservation officer Sgt. Ray Lawson at (606) 499-3520, or the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife poaching hotline at 1-800- 25-ALERT.
Two Christian County Poachers Caught After Nearly A Year
Nov 17, 2009
Frankfort, Ky. – Resolute determination and a timely tip from a local citizen helped Christian County Conservation Sgt. James Nason close a deer poaching case last week, just three days before the statue of limitations on the charges would have expired.
Two Christian County men entered guilty pleas Monday, Nov. 16, in Christian District Court to charges related to killing a deer on the day prior to the 2008 firearms season opener and then Telechecking it one day later as if it were a legal kill.
Chris Brown, 28, of Hopkinsville, and his father-in-law, Sammy Gilliam, 55, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty in the poaching of a Boone and Crockett Club trophy class white-tailed buck. Brown admitted poaching the deer out of season and then illegally Telechecking it a day later, while Gilliam pleaded guilty to assisting Brown after the kill.
Telecheck is a system used by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for hunters to report their game harvest by telephone.
Nason said he had been aware of the poaching for quite some time. But it was information he received from a community member during last month’s muzzleloader deer season that allowed him to seek arrest warrants for Brown and Gilliam.
Brown and Gilliam each paid fines and court costs of $409. In addition, Brown received a 30-day jail sentence that was probated for two years. He also forfeited his deer rifle, the mounted deer and was stripped of his hunting privileges for two years. Gilliam lost his hunting privileges for one year.
I feel like we've got the best Fish and Wildlife Department in the US here in the Bluegrass State. But, as with everything, I have a wish list of items I'd like to be changed. Here's my list in no particular order.
1. The Elk Program: I wish me or a family member would get drawn again. Kidding of course. No, I'd like to see that happen but that's not the problem. Obviously, in talking to Eastern Kentuckians, they feel that the elk are somewhat of a problem or hassle. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing residents of the 16 county area have a slightly better chance of being drawn. Secondly, I'd like to see a seperate bull/cow lottery drawing. I'll have to research the numbers, but I'd say that many people who get drawn for cows, don't go. I feel like it would raise more money for F&W. Fix it F&W.
2. Crossbow Season: I just don't understand the crossbow season. Why have a short crossbow season in October and not open it back up until the regular gun season. My son sure can't shoot a compound bow yet and there was a month he couldn't hunt. If you shoot a crossbow over 30 to 40 yards (same as a compound bow), you shouldn't be shooting. Fix that F&W.
3. Bow season opens too early: Just my opinion. I'd like to see the end of September or Oct. 1. Probably not a popular opinion. Just not sure how dove and deer can open so close together.
4. More Youth Hunting: I'd love to see more Quota Youth only hunts. Just a thought.
5. Deer stand placement: Deer stands should be at least 50 yards from property lines. Why should a neighbor place a stand right on the property line overlooking a corn field?? Shouldn't be able to happen.
6. Stiffer penalties for tresspassing: Hate me some tresspassers.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
My 10 year old son scored on his 3rd deer in three years with a nice little 8 pointer tonight. He was a little disappointed with the ground shrikage but it's one he should be proud of. I was in a horrible spot in the stand with some does having me on lock down. He got his rifle in position and absolutely dropped him like a rock. It got too dark to take pictures so I'll have to get some in the morning. Good job little E. Proud of my boy.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Man, what a horrible start to the hunting weekend. The wind was brutal tonight. With the warmth, the deer were hunkered down. Not much movement at all. The rain will wash out Saturday morning. If you're hunting bottom lands like me, the rivers very well may be out of their banks by tomorrow afternoon. Rough weekend for hunting. Sunday does look pretty good across the state.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Joshua Webb killed this fantastic bull in Knott County. It green scored 330" with a 39" inside spread and it weighed 700 lbs. The bull was radio collared and ear tagged. F&W said that this bull is only 4 1/2 years old. Think about that. A fully mature bull is 8 to 9 years old and this dude scored 330 at 4 1/2. This bull was killed on the same property that the Ky Afield cameras were with a gentleman that killed a big 6x8 that grossed over 360 inches. The Kentucky Afield episode will air 8:30pm October 17th and 4:30pm October 18th on KET. Tim Farmer stayed at Danny Combs' Elk Camp who is a friend of the Webb's. Congrats to Joshua and the other hunters.
Here are pics of two bulls taken opening morning in the same strip mine that the Webb's and the Kentucky Afield cameras hunted on. The bottom is a big 7 x 7 that Troy Combs from Hazard, KY took. The top picture is also a 7 x 7 was taken by an 83 year old man who was guided by Danny Combs of Lost Mountain Outfitters. That's awesome. I love the mix of genetics that Fish and Wildlife have thrown into this elk herd by stocking elk from so many different spots of the United States.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Also, we know a fella speaking to a F&W official who says on one coal mining operation, there is a Kentucky elk they believe will score well over 400". That is an absolute monster and why I believe the world record will fall in Kentucky in the next 5-10 years.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here is the podcast with Larry Weishuhn from Versus Country TV. Hope I didn't sound too stupid when I asked my Kentucky deer hunting question. I believe I am 2nd question of the podcast around the 6 minute mark. Mr. Weishuhn actually had a fantastic answer and sounded very excited about his Kentucky whitetail experiences. The podcast is very interesting and informative. Please give it a listen.
Also, check out Versus Country this hunting season. I love the hunting on Versus. In addition to Mr. Whitetail, I'm a huge fan of The Bucks of Tecomate with David Morris.
Just copy and paste these to your browser or click on the links to the right.
Part 1- http://versuscountry.podomatic.com/entry/2009-09-14T13_01_02-07_00
Part 2- http://versuscountry.podomatic.com/entry/2009-09-14T12_56_52-07_00
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Rarely to I talk about or even care about Politics but the more I see of the Obama administration, the more concerned I get for our ability to continue to enjoy the outdoors. Cass Sunstein just got appointed and then somehow confirmed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget (the gatekeeper for White House policy for the Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms). He is widely known as an animal rights activist and against the 2nd amemndment right to bear arms. He's on record to have said he'd like to end all hunting. This guy is an idiot and it shows the Obama administration has no room in it for the outdoorsmen and woman of the United States.
Folks, it's time to step up and get together to fight for our rights has hunters, gun owners, and outdoorsman. It's a scary time for us and we've got to get to the polls and start voting for outdoors supporting politicians.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Just got off the phone from the Versus Country Larry Weishuhn podcast. It was very enjoyable and I'll post as soon as Versus releases it to us. Mr. Whitetail was extremely insightful and well spoken. He stressed the importance of getting youth involved in hunting and of the wildlife coalitions.
Larry said he'd be back in the Bluegrass state this season. He stated that the deer program in Kentucky was tremendous and that he's noticed that Kentuckians want to be "hush hush" about the quality of deer and the number of Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett deer being taken in the state.
Thanks to Versus Country and be sure to check out Mr. Weishuhn's lineup of shows on Versus TV. I'll be posting new show times and previews when they are released.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Just two days left until my Versus Country Podcast with Larry Weishuhn. I need some question suggestions! If you live in a box and never watch Larry, he #1. Loves to rattle in bucks. #2. Loves the big handgun for deer hunting. Now, let's see some questions. If you'd like to be a part of the podcast, let me know and I'll get you the sign on info.
Zone 1: Nov. 14-29, 2009 (either sex)
Zone 2: Nov. 14-29, 2009 (either sex)
Zone 3: Nov. 14-23, 2009 (either sex)
Zone 4: Nov. 14-23, 2009 (antlered only)
Statewide: Sept. 5, 2009 - Jan. 18, 2010 (either sex)
Statewide: Oct. 1-18 and Nov. 14 - Dec. 31, 2009 (either sex)
Zone 1: Oct. 17-18 and Dec. 12-20, 2009 (either sex)
Zone 2: Oct. 17-18 and Dec. 12-20, 2009 (either sex)
Zone 3: Oct. 17-18 and Dec. 12-20, 2009 (either sex)
Zone 4: Oct. 17-18 (antlered only) and Dec. 12-20, 2009 (either sex)
Statewide: Oct. 10-11, 2009 (either sex)
Free Youth Weekend*
Statewide: Dec. 26-27, 2009 (either sex)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Hey, I need some questions for "Mr. Whitetail", Larry Weishuhn for a podcast I'll be doing for Versus Country TV on September 3rd. Let me know any Kentucky related or any questions you'd like me to ask.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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Aug 25, 2009
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is clarifying hunting equipment regulations for hunters who hold valid concealed carry deadly weapon permits. Under the Kentucky concealed carry deadly weapon law, KRS 237.110, holders of these permits are permitted to carry firearms during archery-only or archery/crossbow hunting seasons, and to carry firearms and ammunition that may be contrary to hunting equipment caliber or ammunition requirements. However, it is illegal for any person to take game with firearms during seasons when firearms are prohibited, or with any equipment listed as illegal for taking game.
This clarification is available as a one-page supplement to the 2009-10 Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide at fw.ky.gov. The supplement provides an updated page 3 to the guide, which hunters can print out and place inside their copy. Hunters who have not yet picked up their copy of this year’s hunting guide can print the updated guide in its entirety at fw.ky.gov.
Hunters who do not hold valid concealed carry deadly weapon permits must abide by the equipment regulations exactly as they appear in each section of the 2009-10 Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide. Those with valid permits should note the exception when reviewing regulations regarding legal hunting equipment for all game, including deer, turkey, elk, bear, small game and furbearer species.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Many Eastern Kentuckians complain that they have to put up with the headaches the elk bring to their area such as crop damage and pushing out deer, but don't get drawn for tags. 1) I have no problem letting residents from the 16 county elk restoration area have at least double the chance of draw. 2) I'd also like to see a separate bull/cow draw. First, it would generate more revenue for Fish and Wildlife. Secondly, everybody would actually show up to hunt the elk. I haven't looked at all the numbers yet but I'd be shocked if everyone hunted cows who got drawn for a cow tag. 3) As in every hunting season, I'd like to see more opportunity for the youth hunters of the state. This year, only two tags were reserved for youth hunters. That just doesn't cut it.
I'm sure as the program continues to grow and develop, Fish and Wildlife will continue to make changes. Let's hope they make changes for the positive.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet News Release
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Public Input Sought on Deer Management
During Series of Meetings This Month
Aug 03, 2009
Frankfort, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is holding a series of six public meetings to gather input from hunters, landowners and concerned citizens about deer management in the coming years. People can voice their opinion about season dates, hunting zones and bag limits, the primary ways Kentucky manages its deer herd.
“This is an opportunity for the public to provide their thoughts on the direction of long-range deer management in Kentucky,” said Tina Brunjes, big game coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We want people to be active partners in helping us decide the direction to take.”
Kentucky’s deer herd number is at an all-time high. The state consistently ranks in the top five nationally for trophy bucks recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club.
“The deer resource is better than ever across the state, thanks to the management program enacted nearly two decades ago,” Brunjes said. “To continue this, we feel it is time to examine the state of our deer program and assess methods for its continued success.”
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials plan to revise the state’s deer management plan, which was originally written to grow the deer herd. The new plan will serve as a map to keep the population of deer at acceptable levels to the public while maintaining the quality of Kentucky’s white-tailed deer.
“Before we lay pen to paper, we need the input of our hunters and landowners,” Brunjes said. “They are the critical tool in managing deer.”
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials will hold six public meetings this month across the state for public input. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. local time.
Scheduled locations and dates include:
Bowling Green: Kentucky Community and Technical College System, 221 Commonwealth Boulevard, Transpark Center, Aug. 10.
Northern Kentucky: Lloyd Wildlife Management Area (WMA) clubhouse, Crittenden, Aug. 11.
Paducah: West Kentucky WMA Club House, 10535 Ogden Landing Road, Kevil, August 19.
London: North Laurel High School Gym, 1300 East Daniel Boone Parkway, London, August 20.
Ashland: Northeastern Fish and Game Association Club House, Herbert C. Ross Drive, Aug. 24. From Ashland, follow US 60 West to KY 180. Continue until passing underneath the Interstate 64 bridges, then turn right on South Big Run Road. Go 1.6 miles, turn left on Herbert C. Ross Drive.
Frankfort: UK Extension Office, Rooms E & F, 101 Lakeview Ct, Frankfort, August 27.
Those unable to attend these meetings may also provide written comments about deer management in Kentucky. Send letters on this issue to: Tina Brunjes, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Ky. 40601.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
***You can only apply for deer quota hunts during the month of September.
***There are 25 Quota Hunt Choices (two of those are mobility impaired only)
***Most quota hunts have a 15 inch spread restriction on bucks.
***Taylorsville Lake #1 hunt is antlerless only this year.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
If you ever come to Florida, check this guy out. He's a hard working guide and a fun guy to fish with. http://www.bobstonewater.com/
Monday, June 22, 2009
We hope you are enjoying the articles in the Summer 2009 edition of Kentucky
We would like to clarify the intent of the article entitled “Deer Season 2029” by
Tina Brunjes, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. The ideas
presented in the article are thoughts shared with us over the last few years, and none of the “Suggestions for Change” are positions endorsed by the department or the
Commission. The article’s intent is to stimulate public involvement as we design the
deer management plan for the next 20 years.
We have already heard from many hunters who are passionate about Kentucky’s
deer herd. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll take a moment to read the article and email us your thoughts about deer hunting in Kentucky in the future, and any other ideas or suggestions you might have about deer management in the Commonwealth.
Dr. Jonathan Gassett
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This year, National Fishing and Boating Week brings begins June 6 and ends June 14. The celebrations aim to bring new people into fishing, boating and other water-related recreation.
**Captain Myra Minton of the law enforcement division of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will host a Kids Fishing Derby across KY 245 at the Jim Beam Distillery at Clermont, Kentucky from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6.
**Conservation Officer Scott Herndon will host a kids fishing event at the Taylorsville Lake tailwater below Taylorsville Lake Dam from 8 a.m. to noon on June 6
No registration is required for both of these free events.
**The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also host the 23rd Annual Catch a Rainbow Fishing Derby on June 6 at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and creek, located just below Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland. The free event is for kids 1 to 15 years of age. Registration for the free fishing derby begins at 8 a.m. Central time. Participants must bring their own fishing tackle.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
After a measure floating through North Carolina to lift the ban on hunting with guns on Sundays was voted down on Tuesday by the state’s Senate judiciary committee, supporters must wait another two to three years to try and bring the measure back to the Senate floor.
Outdoor News reports that the committee chair changed his mind about the reversal after hearing the opposition to the ban.
The opposition to lifting the ban would like North Carolina outdoor lovers to be free from gun-related hunting accidents on Sundays. Supporters say that the ban is out-dated and needs to be lifted to allow hunters with only one day off a chance to practice the sport.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Hunters Take Record Number of Spring Turkeys
May 21, 2009
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky’s spring turkey hunters set a new state record this year. Hunters telechecked 29,006 birds during the 23-day season, which ended May 10. This surpassed the previous record of 28,797 birds in 2006.
“Despite the bad weather, turkey hunters are dedicated sportsmen and sportswomen,” said Karen Alexy, wildlife division director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “They still got out there and made this the best season ever.”
Last summer, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists recorded the highest number of poults, or turkey chicks, ever reported in the 25-year history of the department’s annual brood survey. This record turkey reproduction provided plenty of birds for hunters.
“We had more birds on the ground than probably at any time in modern history,” said Steven Dobey, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s turkey program coordinator. “Interest in turkey hunting continues to grow. That, combined with the record number of turkeys on the ground, resulted in a phenomenal season.”
Turkeys should produce another strong crop this year. Since only bearded turkeys are legal for harvest during the spring season, female birds were essentially protected and can now build on last year’s reproductive success.
“By early fall, we’ll have a post-harvest estimate of what the population looks like,” said Dobey. “I expect it to be great – those hens made it through the spring season and are nested now.”
Additionally, birds hatched in 2008 will be adult two-year-olds by next year’s spring turkey season. With a little help from nature, hunters should be in for another great harvest in 2010.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
**Subdividing Elk Hunt Unit 6, which is located in all or parts of Clay, Leslie, Harlan, Bell, Knox, Whitley and McCreary counties, will help more evenly distribute hunting pressure during the quota elk hunts. The subdivision would take effect this year.
**Commission members also recommended changes to the 2010 late season quota elk hunt. The hunts began last year to help control elk-related property damage. Hunters drawn for this hunt will come from the pool of regular hunt applicants who are also residents of the 16-county elk restoration zone. Hunters may also harvest a few spike bulls. The number of hunters to be drawn for this late season hunt has not yet been determined.
**The Commission also standardized the definition of a youth for elk hunting as “a person who has not reached their sixteenth birthday by the day of the hunt.” This regulation would not take effect until 2010. It would not affect youths drawn for the 2009 hunt.
THE ENTIRE STORY-
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
If you got a bird and have any pictures, please send them to me to post at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 17, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Nothing better than hunting and baseball.
Apr 10, 2009
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky hunters and anglers can get half-off Louisville Bats tickets during four baseball games April 14 and 19, and May 5 and 10. This is the first time the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has teamed up with the Bats, the AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will have informational booths set up at several locations at Louisville Slugger Field during the games. "I'm excited about this opportunity to partner with Kentucky's premiere minor league baseball team," said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett. "Just like hunting, fishing and boating, baseball is an all-American sport that everyone can enjoy. I invite Kentucky's sportsmen and women to enjoy a fun evening at the baseball field and learn more about their Fish and Wildlife agency."Anyone who presents a current hunting or fishing license at the Louisville Slugger Field Box Office on these four game nights will receive half-price on up to four tickets. Hunting and fishing licenses will be available for sale from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at the events. Commissioner Gassett will throw the ceremonial first pitch on April 14. Other Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and state government officials will throw opening pitches at the other three games. There will also be a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife raffle for fishing gear at the games.For more information, including ticket prices and game times, visit the Louisville Bats website at www.batsbaseball.com.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Game Trails LLC, McTavish fined $50,000 for illegal deer kills
Apr 06, 2009
Frankfort, Ky. – A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources deer biologist who noticed discrepancies while analyzing 2006 hunter deer harvest data triggered an 18-month long state and federal law enforcement investigation that produced one of the largest wildlife penalties in state history last month in United States District Court, Owensboro.Game Trails, a more than 12,000-acre Limited Liability Corporation commercial hunting preserve in Union and Crittenden counties, controlled by sole proprietor owner and then Thompson/Center Arms President and CEO Gregg Ritz, and its site manager, William Dirk McTavish, Jr., 43, of Paducah, paid $50,000 in fines after pleading guilty to numerous misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act of taking wildlife unlawfully, and for making false statements to Kentucky officers about the takings and interstate transporting of wildlife.United States Magistrate Judge E. Robert Goebel ordered that Game Trails LLC, pay a $35,000 fine and McTavish pay a $15,000 fine.Robert Christopher Helms, 40, of Booneville, Indiana, and a former Game Trails guide, faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a felony count of threatening a federal witness. His sentencing is scheduled for June 11.Department wildlife and deer biologist David Yancy, in August 2007, noticed numerous inconsistencies while comparing and analyzing 2006 Telecheck deer harvest data with data that Game Trails LLC supplied to Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) in Georgia. Yancy and department Private Lands Wildlife Biologist Phillip Sharp raised these irregularities with Union County conservation officer Lt. Greg Noel. Noel, already familiar with Game Trails and the property, enlisted the help of Crittenden County officer Randy Conway. They began the lengthy process of reconciling the Telechecked deer harvest reports of Game Trails clients with information from QDMA.Their investigation turned up numerous instances of Game Trails employees, their friends and family chronically taking over-limits of deer, outside hunting season parameters, supplying false information to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and using social security numbers of Game Trails clients without their permission to Telecheck their deer harvests.State and federal officers seized hundreds of deer jawbones and documentation tying them to Game Trails from QDMA headquarters in Atlanta during the investigation. By sending the jawbones to another state, Game Trails was guilty of transporting illegally taken deer out of state and triggered the Lacey Act violations.Noel said that the property, bordered by about 4½ miles of Ohio River, was owned by Kimball International and leased to Ritz and sharecroppers. He said that the previous owner had used local draw hunting to manage the deer herd, but that Game Trails eliminated that practice because it interfered with its filming and big buck hunting routines. As a result, the herd grew quickly and Game Trails contacted QDMA to evaluate and make recommendations about improving the deer herd.Game Trails then supplied QDMA with completed data sheets and jawbones of harvested deer. It was this data, discovered during the investigation, which conflicted with Telecheck data.Noel says Game Trails has recently vacated the property and is moving its operations to Ohio.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
*5 permits will be issued.
*(either sex? The release doesn't say but that's what I have heard)
*The hunt will take place on the Paul Van Booven Wildlife Management Area in Breathitt County *Youth can apply for the permit during the month of April only.
*Three day hunt will take place Sept 26-28. The bulls should be getting fired up big time.
*Youth must be less than 16 years old on May 1.
*Remember, Youth must still use something at a .270 caliber or higher so they have to be big enough to handle such a weapon.
*This is a gun/bow/crossbow hunt. Doesn't matter what you choose to use.
This is definitely a once in a lifetime hunt on a property with numerous Boone and Crocket bulls. You would have to be absolutely crazy not to sign your son or daughter up for this opportunity!!!
Apr 02, 2009
Frankfort, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is opening one of the state’s best places to hunt elk for a special youth-only hunt in September.Five lucky youth hunters will have the opportunity to gun hunt in a 2,300-acre area normally reserved for bow hunting only. The site of the hunt, Paul Van Booven Wildlife Management Area in Breathitt County, has numerous mature bulls with trophy potential.“It’s one of our premiere spots for elk in the state,” said Tina Brunjes, who oversees Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s elk program. “It’s one of our earliest elk release sites, and it’s had limited hunting pressure on it since the elk program began.”Wildlife Division Director Karen Alexy said the area should provide young hunters the opportunity to take an elk of a lifetime. “We wanted to give youth hunters an opportunity to take a potential Boone and Crockett Club-class bull,” Alexy said. “We’re continually looking for new ways to get kids interested in hunting, and looked at this hunt as a good incentive.” Volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have generously agreed to serve as guides for any hunter wishing assistance. The three-day youth hunt is set for Sept. 26-28.
Youth hunters must apply for the Youth WMA Elk Lottery online only during the month of April, the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It costs $10 to apply. The drawing is open to Kentucky residents and non-residents.The quota hunt drawing is open to any applicant who will be less than 16 years old prior to May 1. Youths who turn 16 after the application period are still eligible for the hunt. All youth hunters should have the size, strength and maturity to safely handle and shoot a firearm, bow or crossbow. An adult must accompany any youth firearms elk hunter and be in the position to take immediate control of the gun.Youth hunters may also apply for the general elk hunt by paying an additional $10 application fee online at fw.ky.gov. At least two youth hunters will be drawn for the general hunt.
The deadline to apply for Kentucky’s general elk hunt is April 30. Kentucky will issue 1,000 elk permits this year to residents and non-residents. The cost is $10 to apply. Applications are available online only at fw.ky.gov.For more information about elk hunting in Kentucky, visit the department’s website or call the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Information Center at 1-800-858-1549.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
But it looks like the pothole protest is a bust.
"KFC is a great corporate citizen of ours. They employ lots of people in our town. They do great things for our hometown and we're glad to work with them on this pothole program. But PETA, ummm... not so much," said Poynter.
By the way PETA terrorist, I ate chicken for dinner tonight and it was delicious!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Have you seen any hogs in Kentucky?? Comment below.
Friday, March 27, 2009
D&DH "Geeks" From the forum comes this spin on a classic Jeff Foxworthy bit. "You might be a D&DH geek if...
"• You never ask people before showing them a picture of your most recent buck, but then ask, "Wanna see pictures of my kids, too?"
• Your idea of dinner and a movie is venison burgers and a deer hunting video.
• Your wallet contains a newspaper clipping of the most recent county by county deer harvest.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Youth-Only: April 4-5
General Season: April 18 - May 10
Hunters 16 and over must have a Spring Turkey Permit.
Kids ages 12-15 are eligible to purchase a Youth Turkey Permit, which is valid during any turkey season for one turkey. Youth hunters must abide by season bag limits and harvest restrictions but can use the youth permit throughout the license year. The Youth Sportsman’s License includes one Youth Turkey Permit.
Kids under the age of 12 are not required to have a hunting license or permit to hunt turkey, but must abide by season bag limits and harvest restrictions.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Opens More Than 1,000 Acresto Public in Breckinridge County
Mar 12, 2009
Frankfort, Ky. – More than 1,000 acres of highly coveted hunting ground in Breckinridge County is now open to the public.The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources today announced the acquisition of 1,112 acres of property near the Ohio River, formerly owned by Kimball International Inc. The new Town Creek Tract will join the existing 5,666 acres of Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area (WMA).“I’m just tickled to death that we were able to get this property, and the sportsmen and sportswomen will be happy with it, too,” said Third District Fish and Wildlife Commission Member Tony Brown. “We were interested in it because of the diversity it offers – it has access to the Ohio River, gives people a place to duck hunt, and has plenty of timber for deer and turkeys.”Karen Alexy, wildlife division director for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, noted the property is located close to the Louisville area. “This acquisition is important because it provides more hunting opportunity within easy driving distance of the state’s biggest city,” she said. “This is part of the department’s continuing goal to provide more opportunities for hunters and anglers.”The property includes old field habitats as well as hundreds of acres of oak and hickory trees on steep to moderate slopes. The area supports abundant populations of squirrel, turkey and deer.The new acreage also includes a large backwater embayment of the Ohio River. An overgrown boat ramp on the property will be improved for use, and plans call for construction of two parking lots.Access is available at the Town Creek Bridge at KY 144, and off Holt Road near Stephensport. The new property, located east of KY 144, is not connected to the remainder of Yellowbank WMA. A map of the area is available online at http://fw.ky.gov/kfwis/viewable/ViewableWMA.asp. Hunting seasons and regulations will be the same as the main tract of Yellowbank WMA. The area is open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and turkey seasons. Rabbit and quail seasons will be open from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. Deer season will be open statewide for archery, crossbow and youth firearms seasons. Bucks must have an outside antler spread of at least 15 inches.The Town Creek Tract is open to foot traffic only. For more information, contact Area Manager Ryan Taylor at (270) 547-6856, or the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Information Center at 1-800-858-1549.
Check out this article from Predatorextreme.com.
PETA Trying to get Pennsylvania to ban youth hunting.
Never one to waste an opportunity, no matter how tragic, PETA exploited a local murder in order to advance its anti-hunting agenda.
On February 24, 2009 PETA sent a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell urging him to support legislation making it illegal for those under 18 to hunt. The letter comes on the heels of allegations that an 11-year-old boy from Wampum shot and killed his father's pregnant girlfriend with a youth-model shotgun. The letter suggests that hunting leads to violence among children. The tactic of pushing hunting bans after tragic events is nothing new to PETA. The letter to Governor Rendell mirrors a similar effort by the group in November 2008. At the time, PETA urged then-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to push for similar legislation after a 9-year-old boy allegedly murdered his father and another man with a .22 caliber rifle. “There is not a single shred of evidence indicating hunting had anything to do with this attack,” stated USSA Senior Vice President Rick Story.
Tim Tipton has been a freelance outdoor writer since 1992. His magazine work has been featured in many national and regional publications including Bassmaster, In-Fisherman, FLW Outdoors, Fishing Facts, Kentucky Game & Fish, Kentucky Afield, Tennessee Valley Outdoors and many others. Tim is currently a contributing editor to Midwest Outdoors. He has been a member of the Bassmaster Classic Press Corps, Red Man All-American Press Corps and the Southeast Outdoor Press Association. He is a member of the Kentucky Outdoor Press Association.
Check out Tim's blog. He's a great outdoor writer. I hope one day I can get something published in just one of these magazines.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Here are all the dates listed below from Fish and Wildlife:
Frankfort, Ky. – The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the 2009-2010 deer season dates and recommended deer zone changes at its quarterly meeting March 6.The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.
The 2009-2010 Deer Seasons:Statewide All Zones:
**Archery (either sex) – September 5, 2009 – January 18, 2010
**Crossbow (either sex) – October 1 – 18 and November 14 – December 31, 2009
**Early Youth Weekend (either sex) – October 10 -11, 2009
**Early Muzzleloader (Zones 1, 2 and 3 either sex, Zone 4 antlered only) – October 17-18, 2009
**Late Muzzleloader (either sex) – December 12-20, 2009
**Late Youth Weekend (either sex) – December 26-27, 2009
**Zones 1 & 2: Modern Firearms (either sex) – November 14 - 29, 2009
**Zones 3 & 4: Modern Firearms (Zone 3 either sex, Zone 4 antlered deer only)– November 14 - 23, 2009
Bag limits remain the same as last year. The Commission proposed changing Meade and Breckinridge counties from Zone 2 to Zone 3 and also recommended reinstating antlerless deer harvest for the first six days of the December muzzleloader season in Zone 4 counties. The Commission also recommended changes for deer hunting on state parks and wildlife management areas (WMAs). They proposed opening the Kentucky River WMA to youth firearms deer seasons and designating the November firearms quota deer hunt on Taylorsville Lake WMA as antlerless only. At West Kentucky WMA, the Commission recommended lowering the number of quota and open hunt slots from 300 for both hunts to 240 participants for the quota hunt and 200 for the open hunt. The open gun deer hunt on the area will move from the second to the third weekend after Thanksgiving. At Clay WMA, the Commission proposed awarding a preference point to quota hunters who harvest a doe. The Dennis-Gray WMA will have the same hunting regulations as the adjacent Green River Lake WMA. At Paul Van Booven WMA, the Commission recommended to allow hunting for deer during the late muzzleloader deer season and institute a 15-inch minimum spread restriction on antlered deer.
The Kentucky Department of Parks canceled the quota deer hunts at Taylorsville Lake State Park and Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park. The number of slots for mobility-impaired quota hunts at Zilpo and Twin Knobs Campgrounds on Cave Run Lake will be reduced from 30 to 24. The Wendell Ford Training Center in west Kentucky is closed to general public deer hunting.
The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8 a.m., Friday, June 12, at #1 Sportsman’s Lane off U.S. 60 in Frankfort. Persons interested in addressing the Commission must notify Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Commissioner’s office in writing at least 30 days in advance to be considered for placement on the meeting agenda. People who are hearing impaired and plan to attend the meeting should contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator. To request to address the commission, write to KDFWR, Commissioner Dr. Jon Gassett, #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Kentucky Archers Finish in Top Five atWorld Archery Festival
Mar 03, 2009
Frankfort, Ky. – Two Kentucky archers recently posted high finishes at the World Archery Festival held Feb. 6-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Graham and Grady Cofield of Trigg County, brothers who both got their start in Kentucky’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), each placed in the top five in their classifications. The Festival was sponsored by the National Field Archery Association and featured nearly 1,500 shooters competing for more than $500,000 in prize money.Competitors shot 30 arrows each day of the three-day competition, with a bull’s-eye worth 10 points. Graham Cofield, a junior at Murray State University and four-time NASP state and national champion, took second place in the Freestyle Limited Compound Championship. He scored 878 points out of a possible 900 and hit the bull’s-eye 49 times. This is his fifth year competing in the Las Vegas tournament.“I don’t necessarily like the big city, but I like the shooting part, anyway,” Cofield said. “In the class I shoot in, there are several people right at the top. I guess I got lucky this time.”Grady Cofield took third place in his flight of the Freestyle Limited competition. Cofield is a senior at Trigg County High School. “I think he did awfully well,” said Graham Cofield. “I believe he was pretty happy with it.”This isn’t the first year the Cofields have finished at the top of their divisions. “Last year, Grady won his division and Graham finished fourth,” said Jennie Richardson, Kentucky’s state NASP coordinator. “Very seldom does an archer finish in the top five in two consecutive years. The competition is that stiff.”Richardson said more than 10 other Kentucky NASP shooters competed in this year’s World Archery Festival.This year’s National Archery in the Schools Program state championship tournament is set for March 17 at the International Convention Center in Louisville.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Officers executed a search warrant after Conservation Officer Glenn Kitchen received a tip that Watkins had killed three deer illegally.During the search, Kitchen, joined by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Captain Paul Teague, Sergeant Herb Booth and Conservation Officers Loren Clark and Andrew Black, seized 94 sets of deer antlers, seven marijuana plants, indoor grow lights, a cloning system, 16 bags of processed marijuana totaling nearly 1½ pounds, more than 100 pills in plastic bags, four sets of weighing scales, 19 firearms and $1,251 in cash.
Nice catch by the conservation officers. If you suspect someone of poaching, Call 800-25-ALERT to Report a law violation.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Southern Sportsman’s Expo will be geared to hunters, fisherman and the outdoors enthusiast. At the expo there will be vendors, seminar speakers and activities for all outdoorsmen.
Nice article that applies to turkey and deer from Realtree.com.