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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: 2018 deer season update, early muzzleloader season opens this weekend

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Many deer hunters rejoiced this past weekend over a break in a weather pattern that had been alternating between stifling heat and soaking rains. A cool down coincided with the two-day gun season for youth deer hunters. It also excited archery and crossbow hunters getting into the woods, blinds and tree stands. Difficult hunting conditions defined the first month...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Deer season already rates as one of the state’s top three

The late muzzleloader deer season opens Saturday, Dec. 13 statewide. The ongoing deer season is already in the top three based on overall harvest numbers (F&W Photo)   By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   Hunters do not have to wait until next fall to harvest a deer with a firearm in Kentucky.   The late muzzleloader season opens statewide on Saturday, Dec. 13. Even before this...

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,”...