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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Despite a year of unusual weather, waterfowl season looks promising

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The shot of cold that greeted Kentucky earlier in November pushed many waterfowl into the state, which should portend a great opening to the waterfowl hunting season on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. “We have more birds early than we’ve had in a really long time,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources....

State Fair coming up; check out the informative, fun Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources area

Take a selfie with a bear at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Bear Wise Exhibit. See some critters. Meet “Kentucky Afield” Television Host Chad Miles. Check out the department’s colorful new prescribed burn truck and equipment. There’s a lot to do when you visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife booth at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25. Follow the crowds to the Main...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Two tailwater floats for summer small mouth bass fishing

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Anyone who loves floating streams for smallmouth bass out of a kayak, canoe or personal pontoon boat did not enjoy last year much at all. Many areas of Kentucky set annual rainfall records in 2018. It seemed a 3-inch rain hit every third day from spring through fall. Streams flowed raucous and so muddy it seemed you could cut the water with a knife. These conditions...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Springtime is the right time to fish for striped bass at Lake Cumberland

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The higher angle of the sun during the day brings warm breezes as we come into the meat of April. The glorious sunny days of late and air temperatures in the 70s make people joyous. This weather makes the striped bass in Lake Cumberland hungry. “We caught five keepers over 22 inches and about eight short stripers last Saturday,” said Jeff Bardroff, owner of...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Decoding spring white bass run after heavy rains, near-record water levels

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward With all of the rain we received early this year, many Kentuckians are wondering when will the white bass run. “We are about there, 60 degrees is the magic number for water temperature,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The redbud blooms are as good an indicator as anything.” Redbud...

Turkey hunters will want to watch ‘Kentucky Afield’ television’s call-in show this Saturday night

Turkey hunters will not want to miss the next installment of the “Kentucky Afield” television show. With the youth and general spring turkey seasons fast approaching, hunters can submit questions before and during a special one-hour “Kentucky Afield” call-in show that airs live this Saturday (March 23) at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Kentucky Educational Television (KET). An expert panel led by “Kentucky...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: FINs lakes stocking begins, offering productive late winter fishing

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The long train of heavy rain in 2019 has Lake Cumberland at its highest level since April 1998. Barren River Lake is 35 feet above winter pool while Rough River Lake is a little more than 30 feet above winter pool. Late winter fishing is one of the most overlooked, but often highly productive, times of the year to catch trophy fish. This year, however, the fishing...

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: Conditions are ideal across the state for opening of waterfowl seasons

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The outlook for the upcoming waterfowl hunting seasons looks as promising as any seasons in recent memory. “It is shaping up to be a phenomenal year,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We are still at all-time highs for duck numbers with as many breeding ducks as we’ve ever had. It’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Early Kentucky’s era of exploitation awakened conservation movement

This second article in a two-part series, in honor of Kentucky’s 225th anniversary of statehood, focuses on the 150 years from 1750 to 1900, with a timeline of human use of natural resources. The research for this article is courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Kentucky’s historical era began when Virginia physician and land speculator Thomas Walker passed through...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: What is old becomes new again — swimbaits will fool that trophy fish

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward (This is the sixth installment of the “Spring Fishing Fever” series of articles detailing productive fishing techniques and opportunities across Kentucky. The series will continue until early summer. An archive of past articles is available on the department’s website at www.fw.ky.gov). Anglers with a bit of salt in their hair remember fondly the venerable...

Outdoorsman Chad Miles named new host of popular KET Kentucky Afield television program

Chad Miles, a 41-year-old Mount Washington native, is the new host of the Emmy Award-winning “Kentucky Afield” television show, a production of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Miles grew up pan fishing the Salt River and hunting rabbits and squirrels. He will become the seventh host of the nation’s longest continuously-running outdoor television show, succeeding...

Tim Farmer: Popular television host announces he is leaving KET’s Kentucky Afield program

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor Popular outdoorsman, farmer, cooking enthusiast and musician Tim Farmer took to Facebook this week to announce he is retiring from his position with the Kentucky Department for Fish and Wildlife Resources and will be soon departing as host of the long-running Kentucky Afield program. Farmer also appears on two other programs, Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen...

Farmer hosting special half hour call-in fall hunting program on KET Saturday

“Kentucky Afield” TV airs live this Saturday night, Nov. 14, for a special half-hour call-in show focusing on deer and other fall hunting seasons. The show airs at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/7:30 p.m. on KET. Tim Farmer hosts Saturday’s call-in hunting show (KET Photo) Experts from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will join Host Tim Farmer to field phone calls from hunters across...

Hope Carleton, host of Kentucky Afield television program for 23 years, dead at 89

Former Kentucky Afield television host Hope Carleton Sr. died Thursday at his home in western Kentucky. He was 89 years old. Carleton appeared on the show for 23 years, serving longer than any other host.   “He was a consummate, gentleman sportsman,” said Norm Minch, assistant director of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Information and Education Division.   Hope...

Hope Carleton, host of Kentucky Afield television program for 23 years, dead at 89

Former “Kentucky Afield” television host Hope Carleton Sr. died today at his home in western Kentucky. He was 89 years old. Carleton appeared on the show for 23 years, serving longer than any other host.   “He was a consummate, gentleman sportsman,” said Norm Minch, assistant director of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Information and Education...

Recognizing music’s role in healing, famed host to film pilot of new show at UK hospital

Tim Farmer, right, will tape the pilot of ‘Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam’ Sunday at the UK Chandler Hospital. Comedian Carl Hurley, with Farmer, will perform during the taping. (Photo from UKNow)   By Jodi Whitaker Special to KyForward   The UK Arts in HealthCare program is hosting Tim Farmer of Kentucky Afield fame Sunday as he tapes the pilot for a new show, Tim Farmer’s...

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...