Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s Elk Herd a “Seed Crop” for Appalachia, other herds outside the region

In Colonial America elk were common east of the Mississippi River. The eastern elk (Cervus canadensis canadensis), which was native to Kentucky, was one of six subspecies of elk that inhabited the northern and eastern U.S., and southern Canada. The eastern elk was larger than its western cousins. A full-grown bull could weigh up to 1000 pounds, stand 50-60 inches tall at the shoulder, and carry a...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes new fishing regulations for 2018 season

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new fishing regulations at a special called meeting. The 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. If approved by legislators,...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission sets special meeting to consider fisheries, wildlife issues

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Frankfort for a special called session at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) for Friday, July 7. The commission will consider several fisheries and wildlife-related items. All recommendations made by the commission must be approved by legislators before they become law. Items on the agenda include: · Establishing a statewide daily creel limit of...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission calls special meeting to discuss elk regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Frankfort for a special called session at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) Jan. 6 to discuss proposed changes to the state’s elk regulations. Items on the agenda for discussion include: · Compress or reduce the elk season; · Eliminate elk hunting in January; · Establish a regulation to eliminate elk hunting during deer season; ·...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes early migratory bird, waterfowl season dates

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the 2016-2017 early migratory bird and waterfowl season dates and fishing regulations at its quarterly meeting. The 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...

State Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes number of changes in deer, elk regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the dates of the 2015-2016 deer seasons and numerous changes to deer and elk regulations in the state at its quarterly meeting.   Commission members proposed allowing resident hunters 65 or older to use crossbows during the entire archery deer season as well as deer zone changes for Hopkins, Larue, Green, Nelson, Bullitt, Grayson, Ohio, Breckinridge...

New land acquired for public use by hunters and anglers, expected to be open in August

  Bald eagle’s nest (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   The Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area just grew by more than a third in size.   Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources completed its 18-month-long effort to acquire the 926-acre property of Stephen Boone in Henry County. It is located along KY 389 about three miles north of Gratz.   “What...

Fish and Wildlife officials propose new fishing regulations including no culling of stock trout

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has recommended prohibiting the culling of trout statewide and proposed other fishing regulations.   (Photo from Ky. Dept of F&W) The 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...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A lake rises, a leader falls … quite a year on fish and wildlife beat

Happy New Year!   Before we turn the page on 2013, let’s take a look back at four of the top news stories on the outdoors beat in Kentucky this past year. Here they are, in chronological order: Lake Cumberland on the rise After being lowered by more than 40 feet from its historic summer pool level, Lake Cumberland was on the rise in 2013.   The 50,250-acre reservoir, near Jamestown, had...