Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Elk Lottery deadline extended to May 3rd

KDFWR extended the elk lottery deadline through this weekend to May 3rd.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Terrorists from PETA back at it

I guess I shouldn't keep giving them my 5 minutes to write it up but these people have lost their minds. Check out this story about PETA protesting the Chicken Dance at Talledega Motor Speedway. Yep, the freakin Chicken Dance. First, these tree huggin idiots should know better than to protest anything in Talledega, Alabama. They're luck to get out alive. They're mad because KFC is sponsering the event. First, I love me some KFC. It was founded in Kentucky #1 and I love their chicken strips and potato wedges. I'll be thinking about PETA tonight when I grill some wild turkey or maybe I'll head down to KFC for a nice chicken dinner.

My dad scores today

My dad scored on his first turkey of the year this morning. We had some big gobblers roosted but again they didn't gobble much on the roost and zero when they came down. A small gobbler wondered in around 7:45 and the big 3 1/2 inch magnum did work on a rediculously long shot. I'm not even going to say what we stepped it off at b/c it's not believable, but he absolutely hammered him. He had to lean and the blast knocked him out of his chair. I have video so hopefully I'll be able to upload it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Big Turkey Hunting Week Ahead..............

With the weather heating up starting on Thursday, it looks like this will be the ideal week for the gobbling to be red hot.

Reminder: there's only a few more days to snag your elk lottery chance!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Don Shepherd with his Knox Co. Turkey

This is a really cool triple bearded bird killed by Don Shepherd of Knox Co. Check out the picture with all three beards. The first beard is 9 3/4 inches and the other two are two inches. That's a horse of a bird at 23 1/2 pounds. Thanks for sending this in!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Turkey 09 First morning

Not a ton of gobbling this morning. I could see 6 birds on the roost. All the gobblers flew out the back side of the slough where they were roosted because a hen came down early and put on a calling clinic. We had two jakes on either side of us but they were very leary of B-Mobile. I have a baseball game but my son, dad, and brother will be working it this afternoon.

If you got a bird and have any pictures, please send them to me to post at

Friday, April 17, 2009

Good Luck

Good luck this weekend to all the turkey hunters. We've got 4 roosted for Saturday morning and the blind already set up. Saturday's weather looks great. Not so much for Sunday. Good luck everybody!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Countdown to the Elk Hunt Lottery

Deadline is April 30th. Get on the computer and spend 10 bucks on a chance at a once in a lifetime hunt.

1/2 Price Bats Tickets for KY Hunters and Fisherman

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Little over a week til turkey season!

There's just a little over a week until turkey season fires up. It's a little difficult to figure out what's going on with them. There's been groups of gobblers still bunched up and gobblers with hens. We haven't seen a lot of strutting yet.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Press Release from F&W on Game Trails LLC fines......

I had written about this a few weeks back. Here is the official press release from F&W on some shady and illegal dealings from Game Trails.

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

Telecheck Number

As I've found out tonight, F&W's telecheck # isn't exactly easy to find on their website and I don't have a book with me. Here's the number so you don't have to get frustrating digging for it.


Special Day for Ole Dad

It was a fun afternoon for me and my dad as we both got to see my son get his first turkey today! Two young gobblers and a hen came in towards the decoys and then began to get a little spooked by the big B Mobile decoy. Ethan absolutely dropped him like a box of rocks at about 30 yards with my brother's 20 gauge Remington 870. I'm really proud of him because he continues to be patient and makes excellent decisions on the deer stand or in the turkey blind to only be closing in on 10 years old. I was thankful for the fog this morning as I had to stay home with my little princess because my wife is out of town. My wife is probably thankful tonight because I would have probably never forgiven her for making me miss it. Great day. Good job son and thanks to my dad for continuing to put us in these situations with hard work of scouting and putting out stands and blinds.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Special Youth Only Elk Hunt Announced by F&W

Here's the press release from F&W about the special Youth Only Elk Hunt for 2009 below. If you don't have time to read it, here are the highlights:

*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 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 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

Youth Season-Good luck to all the boys and girls!

Can't wait. My dad said there were 8 big gobblers strutting this morning. My son should get a chance at one Saturday morning. Good luck to all the youth hunters. Hopefully, we'll have pics by Saturday afternoon. Please send any pics you'd like to have posted with or w/out stories to my e-mail.