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Art Lander’s Outdoors: 2020-21 Kentucky Deer Season set to open on rescheduled Derby Day

In what must be characterized as the most unlikely juxtaposition of sport, Kentucky’s spring horseracing classic, the Kentucky Derby, will be run on the opening day of white-tailed deer season. The 146th running of America’s most famous horse race, rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. By regulation, the first Saturday in September is opening day of Kentucky’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 2017 deer season update, opening weekend gun season harvest fifth highest

Heading into the second week of Kentucky’s 16-day modern gun season for deer, now’s a good time to update the harvest reports for the 2017 season and take a look at recent trends. Here’s an overview of how the season has progressed so far: Since archery season opened on September 2, bow hunters in Kentucky have bagged 14,475 deer (Photo by Art Lander Jr.) • Since archery season opened 75...

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: 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...

Ky. archers set deer harvest record for fourth September in a row; take 5,838 in 24 days

The outlook for Kentucky’s 2013-14 deer season is excellent. (Photo courtesy Mathews Archery)   By Art Lander Jr. KyForward outdoors editor   For the fourth year in a row Kentucky archers have set a deer harvest record for the month of September.   Telecheck data posted on fw.ky.gov revealed that 5,838 deer were taken in 24 days of hunting last month — archers arrowed 5,493 and...