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Anybody know of any dove hunts this weekend in south central? Are there any public land scheduled hunts going on these weekend? My farm isnt ready this year. Maybe next.
Wanted: Volunteer shooters to thin Grand Canyon bison herd
Associated PressSeptember 11, 2017
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FILE- In this Aug. 26, 2010, file photo provided by the Kaibab National Forest, bison in the national forest adjacent to the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona group together. The National Park Service has a plan to thin the bison population around the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources. (Kaibab National Forest via AP, File)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.

Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the adjacent forest. Within the Grand Canyon, shooters would be selected through a lottery to help bring the number of bison roaming the far northern reaches of the park to no more than 200 within three to five years.

About 600 of the animals now live in the region, and biologists say the bison numbers could hit 1,500 within 10 years if left uncontrolled.

The Grand Canyon is still working out details of the volunteer effort, but it's taking cues from national parks in Colorado, the Dakotas and Wyoming that have used shooters to cut overabundant or diseased populations of elk. The Park...
im 43 years old and live in knott co ky. Never knew there was such a thing as seed ticks other than reading about them on here. I've killed about 25 on me today. I can feel then crawling on me! Almost microscopic to see. What to do?
Shot yesterday evening in south central ky with crossbo(he has exemption). Not my deer but is a friends I helped track him last night.
I came in from dove hunting and almost didn't hunt this afternoon, glad I did.

The one feeding has a huge rack (maybe 12 pts? A couple of tens in there too it looks like). The boss buck eventually looks up.

This monster green scored 198" shot on opening morning.

This may be a dumb question, but I'm a little confused. I moved to ky this spring. I bought 47 acres. The hunting guide states that if a resident hunts his own farmland he does not need to buy a license. My property is all woods with no farmland. Can I still hunt it without a license. I really don't know how much I'll get out this season, and would really rather not pay for a license this year. Next year I will be buying one so that I can hunt elsewhere also.
Have a buck that already shed his velvet, this is from 8/25

IMG_1473.JPG There's something on this tree other than my trail camera. Can you find it?
Not sure if everyone has heard this...just in time for hunting season.

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lexington, Louisville
Officials have confirmed the presence of the West Nile virus in Kentucky's two largest cities.
Aug. 24, 2017, at 1:18 a.m.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials have confirmed the presence of the West Nile virus in Kentucky's two largest cities.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said in a statement on Wednesday that a resident had contracted the disease and officials would conduct mosquito-spraying activities in four zip codes. Meanwhile, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness said it had found infected mosquitoes in six zip codes.

Sarah Moyer, director of Public Health and Wellness in Louisville, said in a statement that it's common to find infected mosquitoes at this time of year. She said residents could take precautions such as wearing bug repellant outside at dusk and dawn and removing standing water from around homes.

Most people infected by the virus have mild symptoms, but serious illness can occur.

Last year, one Louisville resident died from the virus.
33 days to go!!! Got all my clothes/equipment out yesterday preparing to wash everything this coming weekend and put my hunting clothes in airtight bags with earth scent.

Season starts soon, how do your fields look?
On Facebook yesterday there was a post on a KY Deer hunter group about someone talking to a KY/USDA Biologist about a WMA near Monterey, KY having a large group of wild hogs, and that it was open for archery hunting to help eliminate them.

I replied asking which WMA area they were talking about, as there are a few different tracts of the KY River WMA near to Monterey, but the thread got deleted before the poster could respond. I know there are hogs in the area, as a friend had over 150 trapped and killed last year by the DNR on his property near to this area.

Does anyone here have any info on this? It sounds like a great way to spend a day before bow season starts.
image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Thought I would share pics and a little about my hunt this year. Never did post about last years hunt. Just got back Sunday from a week long DIY Wyoming antelope archery hunt. It was a great hunt. This is my 5th goat and 3rd in last 3 years. Got out there Sunday after driving 23 hrs straight thru. That gave us a couple days to get blinds out and camp set up. 6 of us was hunting. Season opened Tuesday with cool wet weather which is rare there. Couple guys got there goats on the third morning and another that evening. My buddy and I got ours on the 4th evening. The last guy got his Monday. We ran into a four rattlesnakes too. Did a lot of good eating at camp also.
My goat was taken on Thursday afternoon. I had seen a real giant a couple times but it just didn't like the waterhole I was hunting as good as the one about 85 yds away. The shot was about 25yds on my buck. Recovery was a little over 100yds. Saw several and this one was about 3rd best I saw. Very happy with him and the hunt. Here are a few pics
When / where is the next one? How does one find out about upcoming conventions?
Been watching every day for past week or so. Probably harvest some soon.
QF Commonwealth Chapter 3133 announces annual "Whistlers" Youth event will be held
Oct. 7th at Fern Creek Sportsmans Club. Space is limited, deadline Sept 28th.
See attached document or Visit for complete details.
These aren't all toy ads in this article, but I remember I really wanted this Johnny Eagle "M-14", but my parents said it was too expensive. And in those days, most people mowed their own yards and didn't pay for it. So I was nixed out of buying it myself. LOL

They also had a toy "50 cal" machine gun I wanted, but like my mom told me...that thing costs what I spend on groceries for two weeks. It was like 20 bucks or something. I think it was called "Gung Ho" or something like that.


10 Vintage Gun Ads that would be Banned in 2017

Gun ads have changed with the times.
Political correctness is certainly not the name of the game in these classic pieces of gun marketing. It was just plain old fashion advertising back in the day.

10. Hammer the hammer? Lawyers wouldn’t come within a football field of this one.
Of course, hammering on a vintage revolver probably is a bad idea anyway…

9. Oh no, that guy is teaching his son how to hunt, you say?
Where are their iphones, video games and couch? Well, buddy, this is how a father is supposed to raise his son to be a man, not a bump on the couch of life.

8. A .22 rifle as a Christmas present? Well, that certainly is becoming quite a thing of the past, sadly.

7. The iconic Red Ryder BB Gun is the first “gun” for many of us. I still have mine!

6. A woman defending her family, life and property with a handgun is a...
So what the heck is wrong with just using M14s??


Army Launches Competition for More Powerful Combat Rifle
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Hoyle, 321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controller, prepares to fire a SCAR-H assault rifle Nov. 18, 2013, at a shooting range.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyla Gifford/Released) | 5 Aug 2017 | by Matthew Cox

U.S. Army weapon officials just opened a competition for a new 7.62mm Interim Service Combat Rifle to arm infantry units with a weapon potent enough to penetrate enemy body armor.

"The Army has identified a potential gap in the capability of ground forces and infantry to penetrate body armor using existing ammunition. To address this operational need, the Army is looking for an Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) that is capable of defeating emerging threats," according to an Aug. 4 solicitation posted on

The service plans to initially award up to eight contracts, procuring seven types of weapons from each gunmaker for test and evaluation purposes. Once the review is concluded, the service "may award a single follow-on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contract for the production of up to 50,000 weapons," the solicitation states.

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"The Government has a requirement to...
Now why can't I have neighbors like this?? This guy must have $50 million worth of "stuff"! And as he says, "all operational".


I thought I would share some of the stuff I've stumbled upon in my woods over the years.
I came across this small piece of copper washed up on a gravel bar in the creek that runs through my hollar awhile back.
Yesterday afternoon, whilst walking the pups, I found this old piece of copper way up on the hillside above the creek in a steep, hidden draw.
There's lots of old barrel hoops laying around in the holler as well. I just wonder what was going on around here 100 years ago?
Ok, posted this here, figured it would get more traffic -

Seems KDFWR changed their policy for the youth dove hunt. Me and my sons have participated in the annual youth hunt for the last six years. He's getting older, and only has a couple left, so this is a big deal for us.

The new policy is an electronic draw, lile all the other quota hunts, instead of first come - first serve, as in every other year. This means there's a good chance we won't get drawn, and this, won't get to participate in what have been some of the best times we've had in the field.

So, I'm willing to pay for the privilege of killing birds, so to ensure we have a decent hunt. I've hunted several public fields on opening day, and that just doesn't appeal to me...80+ shooters on 10 acres is a bit much. If anyone knows of a good shoot around, even if it costs money, I'd love to know about it. Appreciate the help.
My work takes me all across the state of Kentucky. I drive a lot....a whole lot. From the Mississippi River all the way to the mountains in Pikeville . Weekdays and weekends alike. A lots of times on rural backroads and especially in the evening time I'll see a bunch of cars at one house all parked in the yard. Nice big houses and small houses and trailers.... there isn't any pattern.
Sometimes I can see the folks sometimes I can't. Generally there are lawn chairs or folding camp chairs and kids running or climbing in trees.Folks just having a visit and enjoying the shade as the sun goes down . Even though I see it often it probably isn't as common as it used to be.
It takes me back to my childhood and times at my grandparents house in West Kentucky. My Dad would park the station wagon just off the bank gravel driveway and we would hop out and join our cousins.....playing baseball with tobacco sticks and pears or peaches from the trees out back. We would climb on the diesel tank or throw rocks at frogs in the cistern and take turns either pumping or drinking from the well. Then as the sun started to fade we would show up at the carport and under the yellow bug light my grandfather would be slicing a cantelope or a watermelon and Grandma would have some paper towels and a salt shaker for us and a couple of 16 ounce RC cola bottles. Every other car that went by on the road would honk and wave . Some nights we could watch the thunderstorms coming from the southwest and sometimes we could hear the big guns from From Fort Campbell as they sighted in targets on the back range.....but always we could here the bugs....cicada and crickets and everything else that were in the woods and fields. It really was like time stood still back then. I know it didn't but it sure seemed like it. Rolling a smoke with my uncles pipe tobacco seemed like a dam big sin back then .....or worse jumping the fence and dragging a two pound bass out of the neighbors pond.....We always...
Had my covert stolen while I was at work today. Good thing was I got a pic of the person before they turned it off. Figured it was fine because I didn't get anymore pics after him so I went to check this evening sure enough it was gone. Posted pic on Facebook and within 39 mins had the guys name. Contacted sheriffs offcie and before they could go to his house word got to him and he called and told me he had taken the camera. Young boy who hopefully learned his lesson. Talked with boys mother and she assured me he would be dealt with accordingly. I guess this time Facebook was good for something other than political fights.
Now my question he either threw the SIM card away or lost it. Will covert send me another one like the one that came with the camera or can I get a new one at at&t store and get it activated?
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gun Glut

It's a buyer's market right now.

On this day last year, I was on my Facebook timeline touting a new de-contented Colt entry-level AR carbine with an MSRP in the low $700 range. Today, CDNN is selling brand new Colt LE6920's, pretty much the benchmark AR-pattern carbine, for $799.99 and throwing in a 30-round Pmag and some other stuff to sweeten the deal.

Walther is offering hundred dollar rebates on the PPQ and HK is throwing in bundles of magazines with new pistol purchases, meaning that in real terms you're getting a Walther or Heckler & Koch for the price of a base model G-lock.

Smith & Wesson is slashing prices and offering rebates. Shields are priced at impulse-buy levels these days.

Why is all this happening? Well, while most firearms companies are privately held and therefore inscrutable on matters fiscal, the goings-on at a few are public knowledge because they are publicly traded.

The news from American Outdoor Brands Corporation (neé Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation) tells a tale that is probably all too common in the industry right now: Shelves groaning under unsold inventory that was churned out in expectation of the mother of all gun panics following a Hillary Clinton victory.

Where are some good public lands around Rowan co. to hunt. I know a lot of people talk about DBNF but I'm not to sure where you can hunt it, is it all open for hunting unless stated otherwise or is there just spots open for hunting?

Thank you for helping me out I just graduated from MSU and moved to morehead
Just wondering if anyone has been to either of these WMAs or hunted close to them. A member (non hunter) in my family purchased some land here and I'd like to check it out. I currently hunt NE KY but it would be nice to have different options.
Does anyone know anything about the new Stephens Creek WMA in Gallatin County? It is in the new hunting guide as a public hunting area but I can't find much info about it. I found some reports where it was part of a mitigation project and might be around 350-400 acres.
Man shoots mammoth 820 pound wild hog in his front yard

Updated on July 19, 2017 at 8:57 AM Posted on July 18, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Gallery: Man kills 820 pound wild hog in his front yard

By Joe Songer

Samson resident Wade Seago knew something was up outside of his home last week when the family's pet schnauzer, Cruiser, started barking constantly. The Seagos live on 100 acres in the rural south Alabama town. The property and surrounding area is teeming with wildlife so it's not unusual for their dog to bark at deer, raccoons or other wild visitors.

But this was different. As he was about to get up and check on his dog, his daughter began screaming. "I jumped up to see what was going on," Wade explained. "I looked out the back window and saw nothing, so I ran to the front of the house where my daughter was looking out the window. I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

The dog had a huge wild hog bayed in his front yard, about 5 yards off of the front porch. "Cruiser had this huge hog confused with all of the barking and movement," Wade continued. "It was not a good situation."

Seago is an avid deer hunter and runs a taxidermy business in Samson. He was also a prison guard for several years. He told me that hogs are abundant in the area and he has seen them on his property before, but none the size of this one.

Wade was afraid the huge hog would injure or kill the family pet so he grabbed a .38 caliber revolver that he keeps for home defense and went out on the front porch.

"By the time I got in a position to shoot, the hog was about 12 yards away," Wade said. "Cruiser was out of my line to the hog so I fired."

It took three shots to take him down. The giant hog hit the ground near the carport. The next day, Wade took the wild hog to Brooks Peanut Company and weighed it on...

Seeking a few members for our water fowl lease.
Ducks by the thousands on a very special piece of property, Diamond Island.

Diamond Island is located in Henderson Ky, it's an island on the Ohio river.
It made up of 900 acres of crop field with 7 miles of river edge and 600 acres of woods along river.

Farmer is leaving a few hundred acres of cut corn stubble after harvest without tilling and willing to dam off drainage ditch to help hold water.

This is a migration transition area so the ducks are thick after first good cold front as they split in this area to go south toward gulf and east toward east cost.

Membership is $2,200 person with 1 guest allowed. Only have 10 max members.
Island can easily hunt 15-20 people with plenty of room.

Contact me 850-319-0965
Swapped cards on cams this afternoon .... had 2889 pics over a 2 week span on this one set up at a mineral lick.

Thought I'd share a few...

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Anyone interested in leasing exclusive water fowl rights on diamond island?

1,500 acre island located between Henderson Ky and Evansville Indiana on Ohio river.

Roughly 7 miles of Ohio river edge, 900 acres of crop field "which holds ducks and geese". Farmer will leave a few hundred acres of cut corn stubble to even better hold water fowl through winter.

Big enough for 8 or more 5 man pits. This area is that point where migrating ducks kinds split to go south and to the east "pinch point, funnel if you will".

Great opportunity for group of duck hunters looking for that little piece of duck heaven.

Long term lease with option to renew.

Message me if interested.
Do we still have a Ky archery season for bears? Ky fish and wildlife website says the bear season hasn't been determined yet.
The Cincinnati Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is having its annual banquet on July 29th at 6pm. Lots of great prizes and 2 great speaker presentations this year.

Zak Danks grouse biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be talking about the aggressive 10 year grouse restoration program the state just started.

Adam Regula & Ben Robinson with the ODNR Division of Forestry will be talking about young forest habitat on Ohio's state forests beneficial to grouse and woodcock.

For more info and ticket order form click here.
I got a nice black phase rattler yesterday 51 inches and 11 rattlers can anybody reccomend a good taxidermist in the eastern half of the state?
Took my two boys out today. They had a good time and came home with supper.
The 'Dog Photographer Of The Year' Contest Announced Its Winners, And They're Amazing
Jun 21 2017, 4:20 PM

The "Dog Photographer Of The Year" competition, an annual contest organized by the UK-based animal welfare organization the Kennel Club, has announced its winners, and unsurprisingly the winning photos are chock full of very good dogs.

We know why you're here, so without further ado, here are the winners.

Maria Davison Ramos won the Man's Best Friend category — and took first prize overall — with this photo of Yzma the rescue.

Maria Davison Ramos

Sarah Caldecott took home first place in the Dogs at Work category for this awesome shot of Rita the pointer.

Sarah Caldecott

Kaylee Greer and Petey the Wheaten Terrier won the Dogs at Play category.

Kaylee Greer

Anastasia Vetkovskaya won the Dog Portrait category with this pic of a big, beautiful Afghan Hound.

Anastasia Vetkovskaya

Dylan Jenkins won the Young Pup Photographer category (a youth category for doggo/photo enthusiasts ages 10 and younger) for "Mosey loves cake," a delightful snapshot of Mosey the Bloodhound.

Dylan Jenkins

Julian Gottfried won the second youth category (for ages 11 to 17) with this photo of Pippin the Terrier mix....
I am new to Lexington, KY and this will be my first year deer hunting here. I have some private land that I have access to in Breathitt Co. and also a farm near Danville that I can occasionally hunt, but want to get some info on the public land in DBNF. Does anyone on the forum that hunts there have any info they can give a noob to the area? I heard it's pretty rough terrain but that doesn't bother me. Any decent area within an hour or so drive from Lex? Will be hunting with firearm only as I do not have a bow. Anyone doing any scouting this summer that wouldn't mind someone tagging along? I will get lunch Feel free to PM me if you'd like. Thank you.
i cant seem to be able to load pics anymore,im using rca tablet.could some of my settings gotten changed or outta whack?it now wants url info and im not familar with that.anyone have any info?
I'm a Winchester model 70 fan, in case you missed that. Anyone heard or have any reviews of the model 70 since the company moved? Am planning to buy a new 7 mag. Probably going to be a model 70. Thanks
Anyone have any trailcam pics of bucks antler growth right now? I was going to put out cameras next week and was wondering how much growth to expect for now.
hey was wanting to here some ideas on making apple blocks or apple candy for deer what kind of homemade recipes you guys got thanks.
Just got back from a two day prairie dog hunt in South Dakota. Absolutely fantastic. Shot from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM Never ran out of targets. There were three of us and we each shot around 600 rounds total. Shortest shot was 188 yards longest shot taken was 650 yards. longest kill was 400 yards. 15 MPH wind humbled us until we got the hang of it. If interested send me an E-Mail and I will give the details on the outfitter. 5 star lodging and food to go along with the hunt.
I was looking through my hickory axe handle staves for no particular reason the other day and came across one that just inspired me. I generally keep some good air-dried hickory on hand for handles because perfect axe handles can't be bought these days. Besides that, they're made from kiln dried wood which destroys the inherent properties of hickory.

Anyways.. the stave inspired me mainly because it was ugly, and I wanted to use it to get rid of it. It had some wavey grain, a slight bow, and a little strip of brash wood near the heartwood side of the stave. So, I decided to hew the bow off of it to see if I thought I could get a double bit handle out of it before I cut it in half for shorter hatchet handle blanks. Here's a few pictures, and a short video of how the project went.

A 3 1/2 lb. Collins era, Sager Double Bit axe head(1950-1955)I picked up a few years ago at a pawn shop for $5. After getting down to the brass tacks, I can see that the stave is BARELY wide enough to even think about hanging this head.

I'm thinking maybe I can pull it off at this point.
It's gonna work, but the shoulder is going to be a little narrower than I like on a double bit axe.
It's shaping up after a few minutes of hewing with the hatchet....
I have the opportunity to hunt hogs in Georgia for a couple of days. I have a couple of .223s and a .243. Thinking the .243 will be fine, what do the pros think?