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West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area deer hunt spots reduced because of recent flooding

High water from the Ohio River continues to impact portions of West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in McCracken County. Due to flooding, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is adjusting the number of spots available for the area’s open firearms deer hunt scheduled Jan. 18-20. The first 115 hunters who appear at the designated check-in station from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. local...

Additional fishing access opens at Taylorsville Lake WMA; road opening along Salt River benefits anglers

A portion of River Road paralleling the Salt River in Anderson County is now open to anglers wishing to fish the headwaters of Taylorsville Lake for the spring white bass run. The gated accesses at Palmer Road and Old River Road off KY 44 at Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will remain open from daylight until dark into summer, except for closures during the youth-only and general spring...

West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area to host 78th National Retriever Championship

Each year since 1941, the best retrieving dogs in the country compete for the title of national champion. The National Retriever Championship is the Super Bowl of the competitive retrieving world, and it is being held in Kentucky for the first time this year. The event starts Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area outside Paducah....

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department opens additional land for public use

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has opened more land for public use. The properties are in Gallatin, Nicholas, Owen, Pulaski and Wayne counties. • Rockcastle River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in eastern Pulaski County is the largest of the new WMAs and will offer hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers outstanding recreational opportunities. The WMA abuts the Daniel Boone...

New land for public hunting opening, ranging from Ballard County to Bath County

Public land hunting opportunities in Kentucky just grew by more than 4,600 acres. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announces the opening of six new properties ranging from Ballard County in the west to Bath County in the east. Newly opened properties include one new wildlife management area in Nelson and LaRue counties, plus additions to five existing wildlife management areas. Kentucky...

New large tracts in Bath, Owen counties added to state’s Wildlife Management Area

Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts have new destinations to consider this fall with two parcels in Bath and Owen counties now open for public use.   The new tracts, acquired by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, expand Clay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by 467 acres and Dr. James R. Rich WMA by 601 acres. Each is open to hunting under the regulations currently in place for their...

New large tracts in Bath, Owen counties added to state's Wildlife Management Area

Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts have new destinations to consider this fall with two parcels in Bath and Owen counties now open for public use.   The new tracts, acquired by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, expand Clay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by 467 acres and Dr. James R. Rich WMA by 601 acres. Each is open to hunting under the regulations currently in place for their...