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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Ideal habitat conditions should make for a productive dove season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward For the middle of August, much of Kentucky looks as green as late May. Corn is high and robust, pastures are green and streams run bank full. The lush conditions should translate into productive hunting when the dove season opens Sept. 1. “Sunflowers look great overall,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Stick it to dangerous currents and uneven terrain with a wading staff

Those of us who wade rocky streams for smallmouth or tailwaters for trout sometimes bite off more than we can chew. An eddy on the other side of the stream looks inviting and the more you stare at it, the more you want to cast there. The only problem is a waist-deep run with strong current lies between you and the enticing water. You begin crossing the stream, but about halfway, the current begins...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Time to scout and develop a game plan as spring turkey season approaches

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward The landscape awakens almost spontaneously from its winter slumber. Winter flocks break up into smaller groups. Innumerable turkey calls and lifelike decoys reappear at sporting goods retailers. Turkey hunters interpret these occurrences as signs that it will not be long before they are easing into their spots before dawn, filled with anticipation. In Kentucky, hunters...

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...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Deer herd expanding significantly in state’s urban/suburban areas

Archery hunting is the most feasible and cost effective way to control deer herds in urban/suburban areas. (Photo by Art Lander Jr.)   A generation ago there were very few white-tailed deer in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region.   Today, deer populations in some counties in the region are higher than management objectives, despite a gradual lengthening of hunting seasons and liberalizations of...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Hart County’s Green River exceptional for scenery and fish

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The karst topography surrounding the Green River in Hart County produces some of the highest water quality in Kentucky. Many springs empty into the river in this stretch that pump a constant flow of clean, cold water and give the river a color more reminiscent of the shallows of the Caribbean than Southcentral Kentucky.   The Green in this stretch is...