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Art Lander’s Outdoors: With Ky’s spring wild turkey season fast approaching, the time to prepare is now

With Kentucky’s 2021 spring wild turkey season opening in two weeks, hunters are likely to harvest about as many turkeys as last season, maybe more, since more nonresident hunters will be able to take part in the season Year in and year out, favorable weather conditions are also a major factor in hunter success. The 23-day statewide general season opens Saturday, April 17, and continues through Sunday,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s spring wild turkey season opens April 6 with youth-only weekend

A wet March, combined with the extended forecast of seasonal to above-normal temperatures in April, is a good reason to be optimistic. Kentucky’s 2019 spring wild turkey season starts tomorrow, with the opening of the youth-only season, the weekend of April 6-7. The 23-day general statewide season begins the following Saturday, April 13, and runs through Sunday, May 5. Seasonal weather is good for...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Early spring chores important part of preparation for wild turkey, deer hunters

It’s that time of the year. Early spring is prime time to complete a number of important, annual chores on your farm, or hunting property, for the benefit of wild turkey and white-tailed deer. There are several reasons why now is the time to be out there, finishing wildlife management and habitat projects, scouting and getting re-familiarized with areas not visited that often. It’s a sure sign...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Celebrating a memorable hunt in a special place as hunting season nears its end

It is a long walk in the dark to the narrow fold of land hidden between two ridges. Across a rolling pasture, and down the grassy farm road that slopes to the woods edge. The stars are bright in the cloudless sky. There’s a hint of yellow on the horizon. I feel my way into the timber and shuffle downhill through the leaves. The woods are clear underfoot. Even in darkness, there is the feeling of...

Forecastle Festival announces 2018 bourbon lineup, with flight bar, fireside chats, Gonzo bar and more

Forecastle Festiva’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail outpost, The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge, will return in 2018 with a unique lineup of offerings, education and entertainment. Set to take place July 13-15 at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Forecastle will feature a diverse collection of Kentucky Bourbon Trail brands, offering dozens of selections within the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge experience,...

O.Z. Tyler Distillery becomes newest Heritage Member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association

O.Z. Tyler Distillery has advanced to the “Heritage” member level in the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the highest rank in the non-profit trade group representing the state’s Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. O.Z. Tyler is the KDA’s eighth Heritage member and its first since 2015. To qualify as a Heritage member, distilleries must have at least 25,000 barrels of distilled spirits...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look back at a half century of wildlife management milestones in Kentucky

The Baby Boomer Generation grew up hunting small game close to home — squirrels in groves of hickory trees in August and doves in September over harvested tobacco field sown in winter wheat. Around Thanksgiving, rabbits, and maybe a covey or two of quail, were jumped up from thick weeds and brush along the borders of farm fields. Hunters who grew up in the far western counties of the state,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Wild Turkey Distillery producer of world-class bourbon for decades

For decades, Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg has been making genuine Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The operation dates back to the 1850s. Meet their master distiller as he gives a tour and talks about the important role bourbon plays in the state’s economy. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass...

Cemetery cleanup at Wild Turkey gives FFA members a lesson in history, public service

Before FFA members began to work on the old cemetery, it was difficult to see that it was even there. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   It may come as a surprise to some people that a group of teenagers would spend a beautiful fall Saturday clearing brush, weed eating and other strenuous outdoor chores. But nearly two dozen members of the Future Farmers...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Follow the mast when archery deer, wild turkey seasons open

Archery seasons for deer and wild turkey open this Sat. Sept. 6. The good weather conditions this fall point toward productive archery hunting for these species. Kentucky hunters harvested a record 144,409 deer during the 2013-2014 deer seasons. (Photo from F&W)   By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   The days are growing shorter and cooler temperatures are starting to show up in extended...

It’s bourbon vs. beer as Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Friday’s Final Four matchup

The governors from Kentucky and Wisconson are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.   Kentucky Gov. Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Gov. Scott Walker offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a Wisconsin Badgers victory.   “We’ll look forward to grilling...

Taste for Success: UK center helps food entrepreneurs get products on store shelves

Bourbon Country Products in Louisville is one of the University of Kentucky’s Food Systems Innovation Center’s clients. (Photo by Stephen Patton)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   It’s the dream of many food industry entrepreneurs to see their product on the shelves of a regional or national grocery chain, but getting there is not so simple. In addition to the obvious...

200-year-old story of signature industry finally being told in Kentucky Bourbon Tales

    By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   In a state where there are more barrels of bourbon than people, it’s no surprise the spirit has a major impact on the Commonwealth’s culture and economy.   In celebration of this signature industry’s historical significance and the growing popularity of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, the University of Kentucky Louie...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Now’s the time
to think about fall plantings to benefit wildlife

Jim Barnard, wildlife technician for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, loads winter wheat seed into a no-till planter. Establishing winter wheat plots this fall gives deer and wild turkey beneficial winter forage. Fall is also a good time to plant clover to provide excellent wildlife food from early spring to late fall. (Photo from F&W)   By Art Lander Jr. Special to...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Turkey hunters can look forward to productive spring season

By Art Lander Jr. Special to KyForward   With opening day of the statewide season just three weeks away, Kentucky turkey hunters can look forward to encountering gobblers of all ages this spring.   “There will be a higher than average number of jakes (juvenile gobblers) compared to the 2-year-olds and older adult gobblers in our flocks,” said Steven Dobey, wild turkey program coordinator...

Mash Appeal: Kentucky Bourbon Trail sets attendance record, has ‘special year’ in 2012

More than 500,000 people visited Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries in 2012, the first time that the state tourism attraction has broken the half-million mark since its inception in 1999.   The new attendance record of 509,292 is a 15 percent increase over 2011, with travelers from all 50 states and more than 50 countries making the iconic Bluegrass journey, said Adam Johnson, director of the...