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Former girls’ camp Trail’s End added to National Register of Historic Places; facility closed in 1935

Trail’s End, a former girls’ camp in southern Fayette County, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 26. The 59-acre tract is owned by Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and encompasses the former camp lodge, the surrounding forest used for camp activities, as well as remnants of additional camp facilities. Established in 1913 by Mary DeWitt Snyder, Trail’s End Camp was one of...

New fishing, hunting regulations proposed; based on recommendations of Fish and Wildlife Commission

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed new steps to make it more convenient for people to obtain their hunter education certification, set elk permit quotas for the 2020-21 season and adopted fishing regulations for newly introduced cutthroat trout at its June 7 quarterly meeting. Provided photo The commission is a nine-member board, comprised of volunteers who serve four-year terms after...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: When it comes to bow hunting accuracy it’s all about repetition

Bow hunting accuracy is all about repetition — doing everything the same way every shot. Whether you are punching holes in a foam target in the backyard or drawing on a deer while hunting from a tree stand in the woods, the ability to put an arrow where you want it to go depends on a series of events that must be duplicated as practiced and perfectly executed. Here’s some advice on pre-shot...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A bowhunter’s gear wish list as Kentucky’s archery season for deer approaches

With Kentucky’s 143-day archery season for deer opening in about two weeks, bow hunters are getting their gear ready and honing their shooting skills. The season dates are September 1, through January 21, 2019. The archery industry cranks out improved, high-quality gear every year, but some products stand the test of time. Do you have an archery gear wish list? Here’s some new products, and one...

Over 6,200 archers expected in Louisville for one of nation’s largest school tournaments

One of the largest school archery tournaments in the country will kick off March 31 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. More than 6,200 archers from schools around Kentucky will compete for state championships at the 2017 National Archery in the Schools (NASP) tournament March 31-April 1. Tournament participants include archers in the fourth through 12th grade. NASP, which originated...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Latest archery equipment showcased at Archery Trade Association Show

LOUISVILLE — The latest archery equipment was showcased in Louisville Jan. 5-7 at the annual Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show. Open to archery manufacturers, retailers and the outdoors media, this year’s show was one of the largest ever, with about 620 exhibitors. After four hours spent walking through the show, here’s some products that caught my eye: * The Ignite may be Hoyt’s most...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Traditional archery more challenging, recalls bygone era of sport

Provided that shots are taken at close range, traditional archery equipment is effective on deer (Photo Provided)   Today’s compound bows are technological marvels, far advanced from the first compound bows of the 1970s.   They are very fast and accurate, with low noise and vibration, but the flip side of the coin is they are getting increasingly expensive and technical. With modern archery...

Art Lander's Outdoors: Traditional archery more challenging, recalls bygone era of sport

Provided that shots are taken at close range, traditional archery equipment is effective on deer (Photo Provided)   Today’s compound bows are technological marvels, far advanced from the first compound bows of the 1970s.   They are very fast and accurate, with low noise and vibration, but the flip side of the coin is they are getting increasingly expensive and technical. With modern archery...

Drawing completed for elk hunting areas, hunters will be notified of results soon

  Those drawn for a 2014 Kentucky elk hunt can now go online here to see their assigned hunting area.   Kentucky’s popular quota elk hunts are carried out in two stages: initial selection then a second random drawing to determine the hunting area.   Kentucky has five hunting areas within its 16-county elk restoration zone in the southeastern part of the state. The Kentucky Department...

'Once they try it, they're hooked'; archery hitting the bull's-eye with Lafayette students

Lafayette's archery team practices before the first school bell rings. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Competitive spirit and commitment bring students out for 7 a.m. archery practices at Lafayette High School in Lexington, where Coach Jesse Peters runs mini-contests to prepare his team for tournaments. To start their week, nearly two dozen took turns taking...

Archery to become 17th sport sanctioned by KHSAA for 2012-13 state championship

Kentucky’s elementary, middle and high schools have enjoyed archery competition for nearly a decade. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year the chance to compete for a KHSAA state championship will become reality.   The KHSAA will add archery as a varsity sport-activity starting this year, commissioner Julian Tackett announced in a Thursday morning news conference. Archery joins competitive...