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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky hunters post another big harvest as deer season comes to close

Kentucky’s 2019-20 hunting season for white-tailed deer ended Monday and hunters posted another big harvest, inching closer to the all-time record. Last season’s deer harvest of 145,753 was the second-highest ever, but that number was surpassed this season. Hunters reported taking 148,356 deer, 53 percent antlered and 47 percent antlerless, according to harvest data posted on the Kentucky Department...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: For deer hunters across Kentucky ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’

The lyrics are from a Christmas song made famous by Andy Williams in 1963. But, for Kentucky deer hunters, November is “the most wonderful time of the year.” When the calendar flips, the interaction between does and bucks begins to heat up as the days get shorter, and the nights cooler. The timing of the rut, the white-tailed deer’s annual mating season, is the question every deer hunter wants...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: January’s unseasonably cold weather created hunting and fishing opportunities

The calendar says we have turned the corner on Winter as today is day 50 of the 89-day season. But the big question is, “How much longer will the cold weather last?” Temperatures in January were below normal across Kentucky. When there was a snow cover, wind chills dipped below zero on several mornings. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that it was the coldest January 1-7 on record...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Hunters post fifth-highest deer harvest on record; call for trophy deer entries

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Looking at the total number of deer harvested by hunters in Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, it would appear nothing was out of the ordinary. The season ended earlier this month. When it did, hunters had combined to take more than 136,000 deer across the state, making it the sixth consecutive season with a harvest total greater than 130,000 and the fifth highest...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Hunters log another top-five deer season; total surpasses 139,000

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward It’s often said these are the good old days for deer hunting in Kentucky, but for those of a certain age, or new to hunting, it’s all they have ever known. The world was tip-toeing into a new millennium the last time Kentucky’s deer harvest did not break 100,000 for a season. The 2016-17 season cleared that mark and surpassed 130,000 for the fifth consecutive...

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....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: First 10 days of deer season show promise of another banner year

A pair of bucks just prior to the velvet on their antlers being shed (Photo by John Lander)   With the season off to a fast start, it seems likely that archers will take a record number of deer during September, the first month of their 4 1/2-month season.   In Central Kentucky’s Zone 1 counties deer seem to be everywhere and weather conditions for the first 10 days of the season couldn’t...

Kentucky deer hunters repeat record season with rise in gun permits, deer on the move

Kentucky deer hunters closed the 2013-2014 season Jan. 20 setting a new harvest record in the state. A total of 144,404 animals were harvested during the season, representing a gain of more than 9 percent from the previous record set during the 2012-2013 season.   Deer were on the move seeking food this season, making them more vulnerable to hunters. “This year we were ahead of the curve,”...

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...