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Nonprofit wildlife sales proceeds from special commission permits to be used in Kentucky

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has awarded special commission permits for the 2019-20 seasons to qualifying nonprofit wildlife conservation organizations. Recipients must use these special permits to raise funds for projects that enhance fish and wildlife, habitats, education efforts or related recreation in Kentucky. By state regulation, the commission may award a maximum of 10 special...

UK, Whitley County FFA students partner to help rebuild ecosystem at Flying Rooster Farm

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Lee Bryant was having fun, whooping it up and darting from person to person applauding their efforts and offering advice. University of Kentucky forestry and natural resources undergraduate and graduate students, with about 60 FFA students from Whitley County High School, spent a spring day at his Flying Rooster Farm in Whitley County, learning about forest...

Fish and Wildlife Department to collect walleye, sauger as part of restocking program

State officials will soon begin collecting walleye and sauger as part of its restocking program (Photo from Creative Commons)   The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will soon begin collecting walleye and sauger from waters throughout the state as part of a restocking program that will run through spring.   “Both the walleye and sauger fisheries in Kentucky wouldn’t...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Time-tested ‘tailspinner’ lure still catching black bass

This smallmouth bass fell for a tailspinner last Monday in Dale Hollow Lake. Tailspinners are one of the most effective winter lures for black bass in reservoirs. They also fool walleye and sauger below locks and dams during the cold months (F&W Photo)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   This is the sixth and final installment of a series of articles titled “Fall Fishing Festival”...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Beginner’s course
to focus on hunting as deer management tool

When wildlife biologist Jason Nally set up booths at Central Kentucky farmers markets he was surprised to find a lot of interest in hunting local deer.   So he created a course for beginners, and in the process started a new avenue for mentoring.   “A lot of vegetable growers that I met at farmers markets are experiencing damage to their crops from deer, but only a handful utilized hunting...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Beginner’s course to focus on hunting as deer management tool

When wildlife biologist Jason Nally set up booths at Central Kentucky farmers markets he was surprised to find a lot of interest in hunting local deer.   So he created a course for beginners, and in the process started a new avenue for mentoring.   “A lot of vegetable growers that I met at farmers markets are experiencing damage to their crops from deer, but only a handful utilized hunting...

Waterfowl blind drawing dates set for several wildlife management areas around Kentucky

The dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Barren River Lake, Green River Lake and Sloughs Wildlife Management Areas.   Hunters interested in participating in the waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl hunting permit and a federal migratory...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Winter is great time to clean deer rifles, muzzleloaders

The winter season provides a great opportunity to clean and maintain deer rifles and muzzleloaders for storage until next deer season. Taking preventative measures now prevent damage and performance problems next fall. (Photo from F&W)   By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   The modern gun deer season in Kentucky ended weeks ago and the late muzzleloader season closes this weekend.   The...

State fish and wildlife department seeks the public’s input in boat motor horsepower poll

(Drawing by Pearson Scott Foresman)   The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking input by means of an online survey regarding horsepower restrictions on several state-owned lakes.   “This survey is open for anyone to take,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We want feedback from the public about changes to the boat...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: State FINs lakes chock full of catfish, fast-growing bluegill

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   With cooler weather and shimmering fall days, the Fishing in Neighborhood (FINs) lakes are a great place to spend a gorgeous afternoon fishing lakes chock full of fish that are close to home for many Kentuckians.   Dane Balsman, program coordinator of the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program, directs a stocking of catfish into one of the FINs lakes...

Twenty-one teams sign up to help rid two Kentucky lakes of 100 tons of Asian carp

Carp Madness, the first commercial fishing tournament for Asian carp in the country, takes place March 12-13. (Photo from Ky. Fish and Wildlife)   Twenty-one teams from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee have signed up for the country’s first commercial fishing tournament for Asian carp. The Carp Madness Tournament is being held at Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky March 12-13.   “Our...