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23 lbs / 11” beard and 1” spurs. Being there beside him was one of the best moments in my 40+ years of hunting.

I stopped at a YUGE yard sale yesterday morning to look around. I managed to poke around the mountains of clothes, and dishes to find the tool section tucked back under a tree.
This morning me and dad was set up well before daylight. We heard more birds around us this morning than anywhere else this year and several gobbled almost all morning.
From what I have heard, it is illegal to pick mushrooms, ginseng etc in LBL...

This seems like a travesty! I could understand some sort of management plan and even a "hunting" lic requirement but a total ban is downright un American!

What are your thoughts?
A bunch of us are trying to put together a Kentucky chapter of the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Our first event will be a pint night in Lexington on May 21. Entry is free, drinks are on you. Hope you all can make it!
Killed a Gobbler this year 4 spurs two jake type and 2 long spurs is this pretty common?
I don't know what else to do but beg. I know one other guy and his only intrest is fishing and drinking. I've lived in South Lexington for 12 years. I have an intrest in it all I just dont drive or know anyone that wants to do something. I lived in eastern ky in the past and knew others but not anymore. I'm 37 have some mild epilepsy problems.
I hope all the hunting & fishing industry drops Yeti! Sportsman made them what they are today. I hope they can make it off the gun hating, vegetarian, liberals; most of em don't need nothing but a baggie to keep their "herbs" in.
Took the kids out for a walk and found some leek.


I saw this thread on another forum and it was awesome. I really look forward to seeing all the retriever pictures, whether while training or in the field. So I thought it would be neat to keep a running thread of dog pictures. So post them up, new or old.
Got up this morning at 3:00.
Bound and determined to make my way up to a huge high knob I found a couple to three weeks ago.
After a lot of huffing and puffing I make my way to where I thought I wanted to be.
Was reading an article online from a news source in NKY and came across this passage. Can anyone clarify what this will actually mean? Typically as it states the 3 counties in NKY don't seem to garner a lot of attention in this realm. As a transplant to Kenton county from Ohio any information would be helpful. Thanks in advance and happy hunting.
I have been hobbled by a pretty nasty umbilical hernia surgery this spring, so I can't get out and check the early wildflowers like I love to, so I was pleased to see some of the wild plants I transferred to my "wildflower garden." So far I have bloodroot, trillium, & twinleaf.

My grandson Weston got this one this snowy morning. Don't know what it weighed had a 9in. beard 3/4 in. spurs. There were 3 of them that ran in to the decoys.We heard 2 gobbles all morning.

im tore up. carley just smoked her first gobbler at 6 steps. i worked him for 30 minutes and we are ecstatic!!!! pics shortly.
This is my sons turkey he killed during youth season. 21 1/2 pounds 1 1/4 spurs 11,9,8 inch beards
From my understanding all land for lease posts are supposed to go in the classified section. Did a general search to see what was out there and only 3 total posts came up. Id have to imagine theres quite a few out there throughout the state. Does this forum regulate on whats posted or how does that work? I have a private farm in NEKY, but would like to find some land to lease in the same area.
If you have not yet made the journey to hunt the Leaf River or George River caribou herds of Northern Quebec, the opportunity may not ever come again.

Dateline December 14, 2017
"Starting the first of next year, the sport hunting of migratory caribou will be indefinitely suspended in Quebec and Labrador. This measure was announced by Quebec’s minister of forests, who cited “sustainability of the species” as the reason for the hunt closure."
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Rob Rock & Hunting Partner above the tree line in Quebec, South of the Arctic Circle in 2006.

A search of recent news articles will tell the story and likely predict the future of caribou hunting within these once great herds. Hint: Pressure from 'sport hunting' has little or anything to do with populations of caribou in these herds. Indigenous hunting by the Inuit will likely remain unaffected and the net long term effect of sustenance hunting has little to do with the decline of these herds according to most published research.

This same fate could easily befall Kentucky Elk hunting as we know it. In fact, it already has according to some of the reports I'm getting from Knott County.
A Turkish Mauser in 7mm caliber had seen better days. A cutoff barrel and ugly plastic stock made the $150 price tag seem a little high. Negotiations ensued and the project began.
well during youth season I’ll have my daughter with me and we will be confined to a blind for the most part. What type decoy spread do yal like in the early season? Strutting Tom and hens or what? I hate blind huntin therefore don’t know much about it.
Does anyone know who is the officers of the league of Kentucky sportsman. And there where abouts. Cant find them on the internet. Wonder Why. ???
The older boy has already taken his first (and second) deer while ' little lefty' is still practicing his form and marksmanship. The archaic 38 short Colt cartridge is utilized for practice sessions by both boys. Handloaded to low velocity with 105 gr. cast lead bullets, cost per shot is comparable with quality .22 rimfire ammunition.
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The donor rifle came from the local gun store as a 1917 Spanish Mauser action, rusted barrel and cracked stock. A new unchambered 357 mag barrel was fitted to the old Mauser action and the 357 mag. chamber was then cut a little deep. The used sporter aftermarket small ring stock was cut off very short and the whole assembly camo painted. The Mauser action was drilled and tapped for the used fixed power short scope.

The 38 short Colt cartridges are mild enough in this rifle that no hearing protection is needed by the shooter but it is a good habit to develop for the times that more potent 357 mag cartridges are used for hunting.
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For comparison, the 38 short Colt components are photographed next to the 357 mag hunting round. Very little powder is utilized in our 38 short Colt 'practice' round, an empty 22 LR case is used as a powder measure . Cast bullets cost about less than a nickel when I bought them. Inexpensive, but I have noticed the boys can shoot them in their little single shot rifle a lot faster than I can handload them.
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I use this rifle myself for patrol of the vegetable garden due to its accuracy and low report. Initially, brass is pretty expensive but can easily last a lifetime at the low loading pressures the boys use.
Walked outside a few minutes ago and a gobbler was over about 200 yards in the woods gobbling his brains out.
A guy on another forum I frequent says he checks the zero on his shotgun before every season. I used to do that for years but haven't for the last few years, because it never has changed. At $5 or $6 bucks a shot I quit, just curious do you all check yours?
I've hunted in the thick stuff in Kentucky since 1973, with shots usually under 150 yards and where most are under 75. These are a few things I've picked up....

1 .If you are a pasty faced white boy like me, cover your face with something dull or it shines like a beacon in the will get busted....this means even when wearing hunter's orange..

2. A very sharp ugly 4 inch knife is better than a very fancy, but dull. knife of any length.

3. A quick second shot can save your season....That's why I like lever guns, pumps, or autoloaders for thick woods where shots are fleeting.

4. Camo doesn't have to be expensive or trendy to work....I use a mix of Army surplus, commercial, and cheap generic
woodland....Deer don't care if it's not on TV.

5. Don't go in the woods unless you have checked your rifle's zero, even if it was OK last season.....and even iron sights.

6. Shoot enough to get confident with your rifle...........there's no substitute for practice.

Below are some real life deer hunting tactics I've found that work for me....

1. Act like you are getting ready to eat a seems that every time I get discouraged and decide to eat something, a buck will walk right where I was looking before I laid my rifle down and started digging in my pack.

2. Lay you rifle down at least two arms length away from you to attract deer.......see former tip.

3. Walk out of the woods shuffling your feet with an unloaded rifle slung over your back and act despondent.......deer love this and will walk right in front of you....sometimes within sight of your truck or camp.

4, Clang your rifle on the side of the tree stand to see how fast that buck is you didn't hear just on the other side of that darn thicket.

5. Go ahead and scratch your ain't going to shoot worth a crap if your nose is itching anyway. It's also another good way to initiate the previous scenario.......that darn thicket..............

Hope these help......
I took the kids out on Monday, which turned out to be the only nice day! I tried to teach the two youngest how to gather fire-building materials, and then we all went around identifying early spring plants. I believe early exposure to the outdoors is critical to getting kids interested in nature.

I was re-learning the video editor, so there is an annoying typo and double credits, but if you are trying to forget the snow it's a good watch!

Is a dog that one year old to old to train to shed hunt?
Here is a very well written article on how hunter numbers are declining and the impact that is having on wildlife funding. This affects license price increases, and demonstrates one of the problems with reduced prices for senior citizen licenses. Hunter numbers are declining and the population of remaining hunters gets older each year, which means more people getting the senior discount and state wildlife agencies having less money for everything. Its not just a KY thing. Its nationwide.
I've been watching this flock for a couple weeks. 10 hens and one gobbler. Well this morning he had an intruder come to investigate the party.

first attempt at camouflaging. My dads wing master. Put a several matte clear coats over it
I was watching a video from the Military Arms Channel and noticed they offer a 25% discount on a Gun Owners of America membership. The link is below if anyone is interested.

I used it to buy Dad and the little lady a membership.

Greg Johnson announced his retirement this morning. Tourism/Commerce Department Chief of Staff Frank Jemley announced as interim director.
Had a great time down in Florida. Capped it off with a successful hog hunt. My buddy also got one.
I'm from Indiana and fightin' proud of the Hoosier state. That said, I love this forum, and got to wondering:

What is your favorite aspect of outdoor Kentucky?
Down south for a couple days. Caught a few yesterday. Ive never inshore. Caught my first sheepshead ladyfish and some kinda catfish.
Since I live in Nelson County/Bardstown bourbon capital I figured I make a bourbon themed display for my 2017 buck.

mine is a 20 yr old crystal call by mad calls.
Just did the Kentucky Wildlife survey. You guys know I am NR and they had a ton of questions on there about where I hunt, who owns it, co-owners, how many days I hunt etc etc. Maybe my voice will be heard.
Start calling Monday!
Ask for the office of House Majority Floor Leader "Jonathan Shell".
Let Representative Shell know that you appreciate him and the other House Leadership for standing up for the Sportsmen by opposing SB 8 and all the other Animal Rights Extremist Bills.

SB 8 gives Animal Rights Extremist the right to break into our vehicles and take our hunting dogs with no liability.
Should be ready in about a month. I always keep home made kraut on hand. Although the boss makes me keep it stored in the basement refrigerator.
Sold to Don Wolf today, was very pleased with what he offered me.
The recent warm rains have gotten me curious enough to check the soil temps. I checked the soil temperature change for Warren county over this past week.
My son's next deployment will be at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska. I see a bear and moose hunt in my future.
An early trailcam shot before youth season. Not many folks would be impressed with this buck.

The buck suited a 9 year old boy during the early youth season just fine. Backstraps for the holidays and jerky after Thanksgiving. On Christmas morning, a wide eyed youth retold the story of his first buck to family and friends. Showed off his Christmas present too !
Ready for next year's buck for sure !
I ran out of time before Parkerizing both blades, didn't think the dual sheath would be in by Christmas but it was and all worked out. I didn't need to gift wrap it, he recognized the antlers immediately.
new vortex 10x42 im really liking theese
If you want to keep your right to bear arms and you are not a member of the NRA now is a good time to join. These little Tide Pod eating activist are really making their voices heard. I joined today.
I got first place, best strutting, and best of show at the grand national Taxidermy championship
I just finished up my dads biggest deer. I couldn't be happier being able to share that special day with him, and making memories that last forever.