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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Explore Kentucky’s wildlife management areas during Christmas holiday

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The Christmas holiday provides most of us some much-needed days off and time with family and friends, but sometimes, it is nice to escape from all of the food and festivities and stretch your legs. For those who need to relax and get away for a bit, Kentucky’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) offer a place to go wander. “We have 89 public wildlife management...

River levels could affect waterfowl quota hunts at Ballard WMA as duck season reopens statewide

Rising water levels along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers will affect hunting access this weekend at some state-operated wildlife management areas. Duck season reopens statewide this Saturday (Dec. 7). Biologists are closely monitoring conditions for this weekend’s quota hunts at Ballard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the far western end of the state. Ballard hunts are subject to cancellation...

Department of Fish and Wildlife announces dates for Kentucky’s annual waterfowl blind drawings

Dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for season-long sites at Lake Barkley, Sloughs, Doug Travis, Green River Lake and Barren River Lake wildlife management areas (WMAs). These are in addition to other public waterfowl hunting opportunities offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Upcoming season-long blind drawings include: • Lake Barkley WMA, Trigg...

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...

State sets dates for waterfowl blind drawings at five regional wildlife management areas

The dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Barren River Lake, Green River Lake and Sloughs wildlife management areas (WMAs). Hunters interested in participating in the waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl hunting permit and a federal migratory...