What is it?

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by mudhole crossing, May 31, 2018.

  1. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

    Jun 12, 2005
    " Between the Rivers "
    In the 80's mussel fishing was big around these parts....seems everybody's brother was doing it for awhile and we had a lot of buying stations as well. Which I remember those stations had crates built with a solid plywood bottom that had multiple sized holes. You would bring your mussels in tubs or buckets and pour them into the crates and the buyer would "class out" the mussels according to fitting in a certain sized hole. I might be wrong but thinking "washboards" was the largest & highest class of shell ...but I've slept a few times since..lol. However .. it was some really good money in mussels back then.

    I'll also say ...the legal & proper way to fish for mussels was brailing hooks.

    But I'm doubtful that 25% sold was attained that way on the Ky portion of KY lake as most were gotten by illegal diving. Which as the price of mussels went up.. it got more competitive. Many operations resorted to diving at night trying to avoid getting caught. As such...many had some really crude rigs to supply breathing air to their divers ...and many cases it didn't end too well.

    Also... if I'm thinking right ... for several years diving for mussels on Ky lake was legal in Tennessee portion but not in Ky. So.. it was also a case of LE stopping a mussel boat and stumbling across some diving equipment ...they had a heck of a time trying to figure out where the mussels were gotten.

    It was a heck of a racket for awhile... and the mussels demise on the lakes around here was primarily because of the illegal aspect.
  2. luvtohunt

    luvtohunt 8 pointer

    Sep 1, 2011
    Eubank, Ky
    10:33!! Any update on what it was for sure?
  3. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
  4. Meatstick

    Meatstick 10 pointer

    Oct 25, 2013
    Washington County
    You funny
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  5. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
  6. T-wil69

    T-wil69 10 pointer

    Jan 16, 2015
    I think they need to focus their money on elk and grouse instead of introducing something else that will play out in 10 years
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  7. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
    Come on guys! What was the big announcement?? This is crazy!! They acted like this was world news being spoken at 10am and nobody know wth is going on??
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  8. katlynn

    katlynn 6 pointer

    Sep 20, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    This is a link to the website with the different membership levels https://app.fw.ky.gov/kywild/join.aspx

    I'm with you on being skeptical, but I also wonder how many antis they'll get to join a group(KDFWR) that's primary purpose is hunting. Frankly I wonder how many people will join at all. Hopefully it will work out. With hunter numbers dwindling, we certainly need more funding from somewhere.
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  9. RDL270

    RDL270 Cyber-Hunter

    Apr 14, 2003
    Fern Creek KY
    I agree with the more funding from somewhere and I think this is a step in the right direction with giving other interested parties a way to help fund non-game initiatives. Looking at the membership levels and some of the perks, some activities look pretty cool to be able to participate. I may join just to be able to do some of this.
  10. FOWLER2671

    FOWLER2671 12 pointer

    Sep 11, 2009
    Evicted from Aintry'
    TN still allows diving. They always had similar numbers but the sizes were smaller. I did some in both states... One of my dive instructors got caught twice before his first court date.....

    From what I understand; the Japanese figured out a better way to seed the oysters and that killed off the market.

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