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Outdoors

  • New state record largemouth bass caught
    Evarts, Ky., resident Mark Ward went fishing after work on Good Friday, April 19, at 6-acre Highsplint Lake in Harlan County with his wife and 9-month-old daughter. It had rained all day, but finally cleared up just before he got off work. The water in Highsplint Lake grew a bit murky from the rain, but he saw a nice-sized 4-pound bass in the shallows.
  • Winners announced for FLW tournament at Rough River Lake
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  • Stocking of FINs lakes underway, offering late-winter fishing
    By Lee McClellan Kentucky Afield Outdoors FRANKFORT – The long train of heavy rain in 2019 has Lake Cumberland at its highest level since April 1998. Barren River Lake is 35 feet above winter pool while Rough River Lake is a little more than 30 feet above winter pool. Late winter fishing is one of the most overlooked, but often highly productive, times of the year to catch trophy fish. This year, however, the fishing on many of the larger reservoirs, along with rivers and streams, will likely suffer until stable water conditions return.
  • Youth hunters post good results
    By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Afield Outdoors FRANKFORT — Many deer hunters rejoiced recently over a break in a weather pattern that had been alternating between stifling heat and soaking rains. A cool down coincided with the two-day gun season for youth deer hunters and the two-day October muzzleloader season. It also excited archery and crossbow hunters getting into the woods, blinds and tree stands.
  • Butler County rabbit tests positive for "rabbit fever"
    FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department of Public Health closed a 240-acre field trial facility April 27 near Morgantown in Butler County, after the discovery there of a captive wild rabbit that tested positive for tularemia. Tularemia, sometimes known as rabbit fever, is a rare but treatable bacterial disease that can be transmitted to people and pets. It can be fatal if left untreated.
  • Maple syrup time in Kentucky
    By Sid Cann
  • Fish and Wildlife partners with foundation to bolster Bell Co. elk herd
    FRANKFORT — Visitors to the Cumberland Gap area of the state soon will experience the majesty of elk in much the same fashion as when Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Road. The elk herd in Bell County is regaining a solid foothold through a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation. The effort involves relocating elk from areas of southeast Kentucky with denser populations to the southern extreme of the 16-county elk zone, where fewer animals are present.
  • Modern gun deer season off to promising start
    By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Afield Outdoors
  • Be ready when fishing opportunities arise
    By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Afield Outdoors FRANKFORT – Planning a fishing trip more than a couple days ahead of time can be a gamble in late winter when the weather is a mixed bag and the favorable conditions here today may be gone tomorrow. With some advance preparation, you can be ready to grab what you need and go when that friend calls at daybreak or the impulse strikes and the schedule allows for a last-minute trip. Performing regular maintenance on your reels can prevent catastrophic problems or costly repairs down the road.
  • Getting to know your new hunting rifle
    By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Afield Outdoors