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Despite unusual weather year in Kentucky, waterfowl season looks promising, opens on Thanksgiving Day

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. “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. “We recently saw 20,000 to 30,000 ducks...

September is quota hunt application month in Kentucky; options include deer, waterfowl, pheasant

Deer, waterfowl, pheasants and sandhill cranes are among the quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this season at state wildlife management areas and other public lands. Hunters can apply for these quota hunts throughout September by going online to fw.ky.gov. Applications are not accepted over the phone; the minimum fee is $3 per application. Kentucky Fish and...

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...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: September is quota hunt application month for state’s public Lands

Now through the end of September, individuals can apply for deer, waterfowl, pheasant and sandhill crane quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at state wildlife management areas and other public lands. Deer hunts offered include a shotgun-only, youth-mentor hunt at the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Dec. 15-18. Several Kentucky state parks will...

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: Waterfowl bands yield important information on migration, survival

Canada Geese are the second most banded waterfowl species, about 150,000 are banded in North America each year (Photo by Michael Furtnam)   When a waterfowl hunter bags a banded duck or goose, it’s cause for celebration.   The hunter gets another trophy “ring” to put on his or her call lanyard, and when the number on the band is reported, wildlife biologists get a better understanding...