• 500 trout released into Bloomfield Lake

    Kentucky Fish & Wildlife is encouraging fishers to take advantage of the 500 rainbow trout released into Bloomfield Lake in Bloomfield Memorial Park Monday.

    “This is an opportunity for us to bring fishing close to home for people. That way, they don’t have to travel as far to catch quality fish,” Fish & Wildlife Biologist Kathryn Emme said.

  • Survey reveals favorite hunter brands

    Surveys create a bit of skepticism on my part. No one ever calls me to ask about my favorite TV show. They don’t ask me if I watch reality shows, or whether I am sick of hearing about Charlie Sheen. Nor do they ask me about my favorite cereal or why I don’t like oatmeal.

    However, apparently there are thousands of surveys taking place every day. And while I question the conclusions of some, the results of a few are interesting. Others seem to just be silly and a waste of time.

  • Too anxious for spring

    When the first of March rolls around, I always over react. I think it should be spring, but I’m at least two weeks and maybe four too early for the good spring weather to have arrived to stay.

    It’s not unusual for a big snow storm to strike in March. They can be deep and wet, but fortunately they don’t stick around long. Forsythia and daffodils are beginning to announce the coming season and better weather. Crocus already are blooming.

  • Camping season is rapidly approaching

    As spring approaches, so does camping season.

    It soon will be time to get the RV or camping gear ready for spring, and time to make a reservation for Memorial Day weekend.

    This winter in Florida, friends Diana and Gary Johnson joined my wife, Phyllis, and myself for a few days at the Harbor RV Resort & Marina, just east of Lake Wales in Florida. The Johnsons have a nifty trailer; one which caters to Gary’s love for outdoor cooking.

  • Ignorance of law no excuse

    Ignorance of the law isn’t a valid excuse when it comes to wildlife violations. However, it is relatively easy to violate the letter of the law even though your intentions are good.

    Refreshing your memory related to the law is wise. And besides, regulations change.

    This hit home when a friend, Lee Leschper, was charged and fined for a bear hunting regulation in Alaska. Lee has been a longtime outdoorsman, outdoors writer, and has spent considerable time promoting wildlife conservation, especially encouraging the involvement of youth in the outdoors.

  • Good news from Groundhog Day?

    Well, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, or at least most of them didn’t. Hopefully, the folklore is true and we’ll have an early spring. We need it.

    Groundhog Day is an important day in my household. I’m truly happy for the hoopla associated with the day. It also is my wife’s birthday, and the attention given the groundhog serves as a reminder that I had better be looking for a card and gift.

  • Still time for sauger action

    Winter rolls on. It seems endless. However as winter continues, so does the potential for good sauger fishing.

    Sauger, cousins of walleye, gather during cold weather months below dams on the Ohio, Green, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers as well as other streams. There’s still time to catch a tasty sauger meal before they disperse this spring.

    While sauger have been naturally in the Green River, stockings of the fish have been made below the dam at Green River Lake.

  • Crappie pro Braswell offers fishing tips

    When crappie fishing from a boat, is it better to push your lines, or pull your baits? Why use all the same rods? Why number them? Why fish the rods out the front of the boat when trolling rather than the sides?

    These were some of the questions Bill Braswell, a former Kentucky conservation officer, answered at a recent Crappie Master seminar at Bass Pro Shops store in Orlando. His tournament trail fishing partner, Dan Dannenmueller, also provided information and answers during the seminar.

  • Microchips help with pet return

    More than a decade ago, two of my English Setter bird dogs disappeared in different incidents. One was never found, the other returned.

    Then, several years ago, my two rat terriers escaped from the motor home while parked in a remote section of a campground in North Little Rock, Ark. I spent a sleepless night until they returned just before daylight. Having pets disappear when traveling is especially worrisome.

  • Horseback tours for viewing elk

    Few people could have envisioned the success of the elk reintroduction effort in Kentucky. It has succeeded beyond the dreams of even the most optimistic planners.

    Elk once roamed the eastern Kentucky hills, valleys and mountains, but then for decades disappeared from the landscape. Then, Kentucky biologists and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation began discussing and planning the reintroduction, which resulted in transplanting seven elk from western Kansas in 1997.