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Spring break for many conjures thoughts of traveling somewhere warm and catnapping on a beach between rounds of golf.

A staycation sounds much better if you’re a muskellunge angler from Kentucky. The state’s muskellunge fishery has earned a reputation that extends beyond its borders, and experienced anglers know spring is one of the can’t-miss times of the year.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will draw down Fishtrap Lake in Pike County 22 feet below winter pool by Jan. 23 to conduct maintenance on Fishtrap Lake Dam.

The maintenance activities will concentrate on the withdrawal gate’s hydraulic system and the emergency bulkheads on the intake tower of the dam.

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Lots of hunters receive a new rifle over the holidays or take advantage of the subsequent sales to add to their collection.

The impulse is to immediately dash off to the shooting range. Fighting back that urge and instead taking time to familiarize yourself with your new rifle is a good first step toward safe and responsible ownership.

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Looking Ahead to 2017

Dec 29, 2016
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The end of the year is a time for reflecting on the past 12 months and envisioning the possibilities for the New Year.

The directors of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Wildlife Diversity divisions at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently previewed what’s ahead in 2017.

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One by one, the photographs appear on the display screen in the darkened Commission Room at Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources headquarters, and the people gathered around the conference table discuss the merits of each image before the group reaches a consensus.

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Shirt-sleeve temperatures. Treetops buffeted by high winds. Acorns crunching underfoot.

Without question, hunters faced challenging conditions for the early muzzleloader deer season this past weekend in Kentucky and it shows in the harvest figures. The two-day take of 2,987 deer was down sharply from last year when hunters benefitted from the timely arrival of a cold snap and a less bountiful acorn crop.

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages youngsters – and the young at heart – to put on their costumes and join the Salato Wildlife Education Center staff in Frankfort for the best trick-or-treat experience in town on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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Doug Travis Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Hickman and Carlisle counties will hold a special quota hunt for one blind accessible by mobility-impaired hunters.

This opportunity became available after the publication deadline of the current Kentucky Hunting Guide for Waterfowl. It is not listed with the other mobility impaired quota hunts cited in the guide.

Kentucky Opens More Land for Public Hunting

Sep 30, 2016
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

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 Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gregory K. Johnson said the acquisitions are an outgrowth of the department’s sportsmen-centric philosophy.

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Officials have discovered the presence of hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant, in several areas of Cave Run Lake near Morehead. State and federal officials are asking boaters and anglers using Cave Run Lake to take precautions to help prevent the spread of this plant.

The Warix Run Boat Ramp at Cave Run Lake will be temporarily closed Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29.

During the closure, the boat ramp will serve as a staging area for a fish habitat improvement project. Artificial habitat structures will be installed in the waters at Warix Run and nearby coves.

“This effort is part of a large, multi-year habitat project for Cave Run,” said District Ranger Jon Kazmierski with the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

May Brings Redear Sunfish and Bluegill Fishing in Kentucky

May 15, 2016
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May is a special time for anglers who chase redear sunfish and bluegill as they move into the shallows to spawn.

“I think we still might be a week or so from the peak for redear fishing,” said Maj. Shane Carrier, assistant director of law enforcement for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The old timers say the timing is all about the full moon in May, but this year the full moon isn’t until May 21. I do best the second week and going into the third week of May.”

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Women 18 and over have until Jan. 4 to register for a special Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop at Kenlake State Resort Park, Jan. 15-17.

Co-sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department of Parks, this weekend workshop features numerous opportunities for women to learn more about outdoor skills, activities, wildlife-watching and conservation efforts in the state.

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Grayson Brown serves up breakfast to mosquitoes each morning in the Public Health Entomology Laboratory at the University of Kentucky.

As he clicks through his emails using one arm, the mosquitoes dine on Brown’s other arm. He’s been doing it for so long the bites don’t bother him.

“We’re ramping up production for doing mosquito tests this summer,” said Brown, the lab’s director and a longtime faculty member in the university’s Department of Entomology. “Pretty soon, I’ll have one arm in one cage and I’ll be barefooted with my feet in two other cages.”

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The wait is almost over for turkey hunters in Kentucky. A calendar shift pushed the state’s 23-day general spring wild turkey season back this year to the third weekend in April. It opens Saturday, April 18 and runs through May 10.

Last spring, hunters in Kentucky reported taking 29,943 turkeys.

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking additional public input about forest management and restoration of woodland species such as grouse.

A recent series of public meetings on the topic included a survey for attendees to complete afterward. The department has placed this survey online to gather more input from those who were not able to attend the public sessions.

The survey is located on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at: http://fw.ky.gov

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Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of five federally protected whooping cranes in Hopkins County and a sixth in Barren County.  In addition to these confirmed reports, whooping cranes have been seen in more than a dozen counties across Kentucky in the last two weeks.

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources caution hunters to be vigilant for the possibility of whooping cranes being present in areas being hunted.

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Kentucky waterfowl hunters now have additional days in September to pursue teal.

A teal-only season that is new for 2014 runs from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25. A combined wood duck and teal season opens Sept. 17 and closes Sept. 21. Hunters may harvest up to six teal a day during the experimental teal-only season.

KY Elk Management Plan

Aug 11, 2014

Nearly two decades after elk were introduced in eastern Kentucky, the state needs a new plan to contain and manage the herd…That’s what the Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources told a legislative committee in Frankfort last Thursday.

Greg Johnson says he held an “Elk Summit” on the issue last month to solicit ideas on a long range plan for controlling the herd…

Johnson says his department will produce a set of recommendations for managing Kentucky’s elk population over the next five to fifteen years.

Farm-Wildlife Bill

Mar 5, 2014

Kentucky farmers and landowners whose crops or property are damaged by wildlife would be permitted to kill or trap those animals if a bill approved today in the House Agriculture Committee becomes law. It would also enable the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to establish procedures for the donation of carcasses to hunger relief programs.

Bruce Harper is with the Kentucky Farm Bureau, which supports the measure…

The KFB says many farmers lose crops to deer outside the hunting season.

Oh Deer....Motorists Urged To Drive With Caution

Oct 14, 2013

Since the end of World War II, Kentucky’s deer herd population has increased 900 percent. They’re a common and costly hazard along the Commonwealth’s highways.  This is the time of year with the biggest risk of collisions.

With deer plentiful, the fall hunting season is underway in virtually every Kentucky county.  However, Mark Marraccini with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, says that certainly wasn’t the case in the 1950’s.