Tommy Turner: With deer season upon us, we must remain extra vigilant when traveling state’s roadways

Deer season is upon us and that means Kentucky drivers must be particularly aware of their surroundings while traveling along Kentucky’s streets and highways. As an avid outdoorsman, I know how critical it is to pay attention to deer crossing the road during this time of year. The deer population, in general, has been growing all over the country for years. Urban expansion, more people moving to...

New areas, opportunities available for hunters as new state deer season gets underway

The morning air is crisp and comfortable. Dew blankets the grass and clings to spider webs that glisten as the sun’s rays find them. A late August taste of fall is enough to get any deer hunter excited with anticipation about what is around the corner. The 2017-18 deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Kentucky with the start of the 136-day archery season. The crossbow, youth gun, muzzleloader...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Cooler temperatures make outlook for new deer season promising

With Kentucky’s 2017-18 deer season set to open Saturday, with the start of archery hunting, the weather outlook for September looks promising. Yes, rain showers are likely for opening weekend, but the AccuWeather forecast for the month ahead is projected to be cooler to normal in temperature, following a cooler than normal August and a warmer than normal July. The season dates for Kentucky’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Recent EHD outbreak centered on Eastern Kentucky deer population

In recents weeks reports have been trickling in from landowners finding dead and/or dying deer on their property around farms ponds and small streams. Samples taken from some of the deer, and sent to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Georgia, verified that the cause was Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), specifically the EHD-2 strain. “The epicenter was in Magoffin,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: If it’s August, it must be time to prepare for a new archery deer season

When August arrives, it’s time to start getting ready for the upcoming archery deer season. Kentucky’s 2017-18 deer season starts with the opening of archery hunting on Saturday, Sept. 2. Last season archery hunters checked in 19,571 deer they harvested, which is about 3 percent below the five-year average archery deer harvest of 20,162. Here’s a checklist, with some tips that will improve your...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: It’s a wrap — a quick review of Kentucky’s 2016-17 deer season

It’s a wrap. Kentucky’s 2016-17 deer season ended last week with the conclusion of archery hunting. The season will likely be remembered for unseasonable weather conditions that impacted hunter participation, a bumper crop of acorns that meant deer didn’t have to move around as much to find food, and full moons during prime hunting dates, that caused deer to move less during daylight hours. Here’s...

State Forestry Division asks hunters to help with battle against wildland fires

Thousands of hunters are expected to be in the woods this weekend hunting small game, including rabbit, quail and grouse. And with modern rifle season opening next weekend, the Division of Forestry is hoping all hunters will be particularly careful to protect the Commonwealth’s forests as the state battles wildfire fires. Hunters can help combat the recent rash of arson fires by staying alert and...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Challenging conditions have affect on early returns from 2016-17 deer season

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Shirt-sleeve temperatures. Treetops buffeted by high winds. Acorns crunching underfoot. Without question, hunters faced challenging conditions for the early muzzleloader deer season this past weekend in Kentucky and it shows in the harvest figures. The two-day take of 2,987 deer was down sharply from last year when hunters benefitted from the timely arrival of a...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: All signs indicate another record deer season for hunters in 2016-17

With Kentucky’s 2016-17 deer season set to open this weekend, with the start of archery hunting on Saturday, Sept. 3, deer numbers are up. “Overall our deer herd is increasing,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We’re getting some response in southeastern Kentucky. Herds have grown in a lot of our Zone 4 counties.” Kentucky’s...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: State officials anticipate another record deer season in 2016-17

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Many archery hunters in Kentucky will spend the last long weekend of summer getting an early jump on fall. Kentucky’s 2016-17 deer season kicks off the first Saturday in September with the start of the 136-day archery season. Anticipation has been building for months. “Everything right now points toward another good season,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer program...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Increasing numbers in deer herd seen as ‘new norm’

The 2015-16 deer season arrives Saturday, Sept. 5 with the start of the archery season, and the outlook points to another good season. Biologists say the herd is doing well and estimate it to number about one million (Creative Commons Photo)   By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   Kentucky receives national acclaim for the quality of its deer herd, and the numbers help draw the attention.   The...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: State’s latest deer season started slow, but had a strong finish

The Zone 1 counties in Northcentral Kentucky have the highest deer densities in the state (Photo by Art Lander Jr.)   Despite unseasonable weather and a big mast crop, Kentucky’s 2014-15 deer season ended with hunters posting the second-highest harvest total ever.   “It was a great season,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources....

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Deer season already rates as one of the state’s top three

The late muzzleloader deer season opens Saturday, Dec. 13 statewide. The ongoing deer season is already in the top three based on overall harvest numbers (F&W Photo)   By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   Hunters do not have to wait until next fall to harvest a deer with a firearm in Kentucky.   The late muzzleloader season opens statewide on Saturday, Dec. 13. Even before this...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: There’s still plenty for hunters to know as deer season gets going

The next three weeks offer the best archery hunting of the season as the rut approaches. (Photo provided)   Shorter days, cooler temperatures and colorful leaves are a sign of the season. For avid deer hunters, it’s the time of year when opportunities abound. Here’s some deer season news and observations:   Archery season shifts into high gear   The next three weeks, leading up to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Record deer harvest
is good news for some but raises questions

With heavy snow and ice cover in northcentral Kentucky, deer are desperate to find food. (Photo by Art Lander Jr.)   For the second consecutive year, and the first time since the 2003-2004 seasons, deer hunters have posted an overall harvest record. Hunters checked in 144,408 deer, a whopping 13,013 more than last season’s record.   While this unexpected spike in harvest is welcome...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Record deer harvest is good news for some but raises questions

With heavy snow and ice cover in northcentral Kentucky, deer are desperate to find food. (Photo by Art Lander Jr.)   For the second consecutive year, and the first time since the 2003-2004 seasons, deer hunters have posted an overall harvest record. Hunters checked in 144,408 deer, a whopping 13,013 more than last season’s record.   While this unexpected spike in harvest is welcome...