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 Hopkins County Resident Takes Big Buck

On October 28, 2013, WK Outdoors was informed that local Hopkins County native, Austin Orange, scored an excellent kill during bow season.

Mr. Orange took what appears to be a very nice 8-point buck.

WK Outdoors would like to congratulate Austin on this excellent take!

Outdoors with Big Country — Ready for Fall Turkeys?

Western Kentucky (10/25/2013) — If you're looking to give yourself a break from sitting in a deer stand and you would like to try Kentucky's Fall Shotgun Season out, you're just in time to get into the most challenging hunts in Kentucky! 

Fall turkeys are usually bunched up in small flocks of hens and small groups of gobblers.

This time of year the birds aren't as responsive to hen yelps and gobbling but on selective days depending on the weather, turkeys may be very vocal early of the morning right as they fly down from their roost! Hens can be busted up this time of year and called back together using the "Kee Kee Run" calling method.

Expanded Bear Hunting Regulations in Kentucky

KENTUCKY (10/24/13) - Hunters in Kentucky now have an expanded area and seasons in which they may attempt to harvest a black bear.

Regulations passed by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission in June recently received final legislative approval. The new season structure expands the bear zone and the bear chase areas, establishes an archery/crossbow season and increases opportunities for hunting with dogs.

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Making the Most out of your Fall Crappie Fishing Trips

WESTERN KENTUCKY (10/23/13) – The Western Kentucky Region will be getting slammed by a sudden cold front in the upcoming days. With this in mind, you can be certain that the Crappie population in this region’s water sources will be beefing up for winter. Are you ready? Are you sure?

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/3/13) – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources sold more than $7 million worth of hunting and fishing licenses in April - an all-time record for the month.
"People realize that hunting and fishing are great ways to spend a beautiful spring day with their families," said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett, Ph.D. "This record month shows our hard work to improve opportunities for the public is paying dividends."
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Budget Director Scott King said the April sales were encouraging news.
"We broke the previous record for the month of April by $140,000," he said. "It's also $800,000 more than our average for April. This is much needed revenue for an agency that's driven by its license sales."
The department in recent years has aggressively pursued both convenience and opportunities for its customers.
A mobile app unveiled by the department last year allows anglers to use their GPS-enabled smart phones to find the nearest place to fish. Hunters can use their smart phones to buy a permit, check their deer or find season dates for all game.
The department's Internet site, which includes a wide range of information about outdoor opportunities in Kentucky, received 17 million hits last year. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's Facebook site, launched in 2009, now has more than 44,000 followers.
The department's Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program now stocks fish in 39 community lakes across the state. FINs Coordinator Dane Balsman said the program has generated huge interest among anglers.
"We tried to get on a FINs lake today to do some sampling in our boat, but we couldn't get in the water because there were too many people fishing," he said. "There were just people lined up from bank to bank. We'll probably have to wait until it rains and the crowd thins out before we can launch a boat."
In the past few years, the department has established a marketing division to help spread the word about Kentucky's many opportunities: From its 10,000-strong elk herd to generous fish stocking programs to its top five status for trophy deer.
The excitement is catching: The department received more than 61,000 applications by the April 30 deadline for its 2013 elk hunts. "Marketing is most effective when you've got an outstanding product to sell," said Marketing Director Brian Blank. "That's what we have in Kentucky. The good old days - if you're a hunter or an angler - are now in Kentucky."

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/8/13) – Fishing is a sport that many Kentuckians enjoy. It serves as a chance to get outdoors and become part of nature’s process. Some fish for sport, some for food, some for fun, some to relax, and some for all of the above. Brandi Frasier, of Slaughters, Ky. is in a class with some of Western Kentucky’s most accomplished professional female bass anglers.
WK Outdoors on Winter Boating

WESTERN KENTUCKY (2/1/13) – Anglers should know of new fishing regulations that go into effect March 1, 2013. These new regulations include changes to smallmouth bass regulations in Otter Creek Park Outdoor Recreation Area, a reduction of the striped bass minimum size limit in Lake Cumberland, some new catfish regulations at three state-owned lakes and modification of snagging regulations statewide.

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/30/13) – There will be plenty of young fishermen on hand Saturday, May 11th, for The Muhlenberg County Planning Committee's "Take Kids Fishing" Event Tournament, coming to Luzerne Lake, just off the 189 bypass.
The planning committee met for the fifth time Tuesday and continued to work out big plans at the Muhlenberg County Conversation District Office.
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A Rough Winter Day for the WK Outdoors Crew

WESTERN KY (1/25/13) – This week, WK Outdoors welcomes back outdoorsman Billy Poe with an absolutely delicious recipe for cooking frog legs.
Before getting into the video, WK Outdoors staff members have actually tried this recipe on other meats as well, such as fish and chicken. If you are into flavor, we strongly urge that you give this a try on any meats.

Check out the Video below...

Record harvest for 2012-13 deer season in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY. - Kentucky deer hunters will have lots of ground venison for chili this winter, roasts to bake with onions, celery and vegetables and back strap chops to grill during the summer.

That's because a record deer harvest was posted for the 2012-13 deer season, which ended with the close of archery season on Jan. 21.

Hunters bagged 131,388 whitetails of which 56 percent were male and 44 percent female. Firearms hunters reported taking 95,612 deer while archers harvested 18,705 deer. Muzzleloader hunters took 14,583 deer and crossbow hunters, 2,488 deer.

The previous record harvest of 124,752 occurred during the 2004-05 season.

"We had exceptionally good weather, with no rainouts over the three weekends of modern gun season this past November," said David Yancy, deer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Coupled with that, we had an average to below average mast (acorn) crop. Deer had to search for food and that made it more likely they would be seen by hunters."

Looking over the harvest data, Yancy said the increase in the number of deer taken by firearms hunters really jumps out and is the number one reason for the overall harvest record.

"Firearms hunters bagged 12,249 more deer than last season," said Yancy. During the 2011-12 deer season, Kentucky firearms hunters took 83,363 deer. This season the total spiked to 95,612.

Archers also experienced an excellent season.

Archery hunters arrowed 18,705 deer, which represents the fourth consecutive harvest record dating back to the 2009-10 season.

A longer than normal season may have contributed to this year's record archery harvest. "Because of calendar shift, there was an extra seven days of hunting," Yancy. "Bow season opened on Sept. 1, the earliest it could have been."

Archery season for deer opens on the first Saturday in September and continues through the third Monday in January. On average, that's about 136 days of hunting.

The 2013-14 archery season dates are Sept. 7 through Jan. 20, 2014.

Prior to the 2012-13 deer season, Kentucky's deer herd was estimated to number about 850,000, a decrease from one million in 2003.

Good habitat, aggressive doe harvest and the one-buck limit are thought to be the main reasons for the development of Kentucky's quality deer herd. This herd grants good hunting opportunities in all 120 Kentucky counties.

Looking forward to next season, Yancy said odds are the deer harvest will remain within the statistical range of recent seasons.

"At this point, weather and the size of the mast crop or the availability of acorns are more of a factor in how many deer will be taken, than the actual size of the deer herd," explained Yancy. "Our herd has stabilized."

With hope, that stabilization will produce more harvest records next deer season.

    Author Art Lander Jr. has been writing about the outdoors since the 1970s. He is a staff writer for Kentucky Afield Magazine.

Bill Dance Speaks Out on Army Corps Engineers
New Dam Regulation Proposal

SurfKY News has just received a letter forwarded by Lyon County Judge Wade White regarding the recent push towards new regulations for local Dams by the Army Corps of Engineers. This letter was sent to both Judge White and the Army Corps of Engineers by famed fishing legend, Bill Dance. The following is the precise content of the letter…
Dear Col. DeLapp:
I am writing in regards to your announced plan to restrict boat access in the name of safety to certain water areas directly upstream and downstream of all dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries.
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (1/18/13) – WK Outdoors is thrilled to welcome Western Kentucky hardcore outdoorsman Billy Poe to our group.

Billy is a citizen of the Hopkins County area of Western Kentucky, and is very much into the great outdoors. If there is a historical traditional way to go about doing something, Billy is the man for the job. He can start a fire without a match or a lighter. He can build shelters from natural sources. He can make knives from scrap. Billy is one of those few individuals that can survive without any modern luxuries.

We’ll be kicking off Billy’s partnering with WK Outdoors with the following video on limb lining.

We’ll be kicking off Billy’s partnering with WK Outdoors with the following video on limb lining.

WK Outdoors is excited to share Billy’s videos with our readers.

J.L. Graham
WK Outdoors


Four Things you need for Squirrel Season

Squirrel season officially opens in Kentucky this weekend, on Saturday, August 18, and goes until November 9. With this in mind, there are a few things that you will need to make sure you have before heading out after these fuzzy-tailed critters.

There are, of course, the obvious things, such as camo outfits, guns and bullets. But then, there are the things that are not required, but will serve to make your fall squirrel hunting trips more successful. 


First, stock up on patience. As all avid squirrel hunters know, squirrels are not the kind of creature that you will always get through stalking. Squirrels are very sensitive to both movement and sound. The best way to get a squirrel is to scout a few days before your main hunting trip, spot a few good trees with nests, holes, or simply find a spot with acorns littering the ground and then come back a few days later armed and ready. Sit down near your ideal spot and wait. The squirrels could come out immediately, or it may be an hour. Patience is as important in a successful squirrel hunt as your gun is.

Next, mosquito repellant. This year, due to unusual weather issues, mosquitos are particularly thick. Ask around a bit, talk to other hunters, and find out what works best for them in mosquito repellants. Don’t just buy the first one you find, as some are not all that effective. On that same note, ticks are an issue this season as well, so try to find something that repels both.

The third thing that is wise to take, but is not required, is a decent-sized plastic bag. The purpose here is to place your squirrels in the bag after each kill. The limit is six. Squirrels have a very good sense of smell. The smell of a dead squirrel can often keep more squirrels from coming around. Put your kills in the bag and seal it as well as possible.

The next thing you need to take with you is the knowledge of the weather. This year has shown sudden storms, droughts, high winds, hail, and virtually every other extreme weather situation. Be prepared. Though one might think the odds of getting hurt by weather are slims, you would be surprised at the amount of weather-related deaths that occur every year.

Lastly, just keep in mind that preparation leads to success. Make sure your gun barrels are cleaned, you have good reliable ammo, and be sure that someone knows your location for safety purposes, or merely take a cell phone with you. Safety first!

J.L. Graham
WK Outdoors

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Wildcat Scott, Snakeman Jack and J.L. Graham Go After

Crappie, Stripes and Walleye

On the weekend of March 24, J.L. Graham partners with his twin brother Snakeman Jack and Wildcat Scott on an outdoor adventure deep into the woods of Western Kentucky, seeking some good fishing. Check out the video of the adventure below.