Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Update - Sept. 19, 2022

KDFWR Update - Sept. 19, 2022

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Rick Hill interview

Photo by Lisa Jackson

Lexington Public Library hosts 'Kentucky Afield Illustrated' exhibit

An exhibit featuring 53 original works of art by Rick Hill opened Sept. 16 and will continue through Nov. 13 at the Lexington Public Library's Central Library.

The exhibition showcases nature scenes produced by Hill for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources over more than a quarter century.

A fish and wildlife artist whose work is known beyond Kentucky, Hill's meticulous depictions of outdoor scenes, animals and fish have graced the covers of the department's quarterly magazine, Kentucky Afield, since 2000.

Additional commissions for the department include the creation of five aquatic ecosystems posters, used by educators across the country since 1995, four “Restoring our Wildlife Heritage" prints, the “Kentucky Fish" poster and illustrations for five specialty license plates currently seen across the state.

“This exhibition will be the largest and most complete showing of Rick's paintings exhibited for public viewing to date," Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm said. “As the preeminent nature artist of Kentucky today, Rick has brought to life the rich natural heritage found in the commonwealth, instilling a profound respect and appreciation for its conservation and protection."

Public shooting ranges reopened at Kleber WMA in Owen County

The public rifle and pistol ranges at John A. Kleber Wildlife Management Area in Owen County are open again following a closure for maintenance and safety improvements.

The rifle range is adjacent to the pistol range on the wildlife management area (WMA). Both are free to use on a first-come, first-served basis. They are open from 9 a.m. (Eastern) until sunset Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon until sunset on Sundays, but closed on Mondays.

During the closure, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources personnel cleared debris from the earthen berm at the back of the rifle range on Kleber WMA because it was obstructing drainage. Visitors also will notice new fencing on either side of the shooting benches has been installed to curtail misuse of the range.

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2022 BOW Fall Weekend

Photos provided by Olivia Dangler

Becoming an Outdoors Woman fall workshop draws 80 participants

The 27th Becoming an Outdoors Woman Fall Weekend was held Sept. 9-11 at Camp John Currie.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an international program designed primarily for women interested in building confidence and outdoor skills relevant in hunting and fishing.

BOW weekend fishing

This year's fall workshop featured 80 participants and classes included birding by kayak, shotguns, fly fishing, small game hunting and sun printing.

One participant took the "Deer Tracking with a Woman's Best Friend" class led by R3 Branch manager Rachel Crume to learn how dog's can be used to recovery game. She put to use what she learned in the class the following day when she helped her father-in-law track a buck that he had shot.

"This was my first year attending and it was the absolute best time I've had in a very very long time," participant Brittnie Eiden said. "It was amazing for my mental health and I am so appreciative it happens! Thank you so much for all your hard work and effort. Obviously, I will be attending all future years that I can and spread the word!"

By the numbers: Deer season opening weekend

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Deer Program staff on Sept. 16 provided an update on harvest results from opening weekend of deer season. The archery season opened statewide on Sept. 3.

  • Hunters harvested a total of 1,196 deer on the first two days of the season.
  • Antlered deer made up 62.1 percent of that total.
  • Hunters in the Bluegrass Region accounted for 31 percent of the opening weekend total harvest followed by the Southeast Region (23 percent), Green River Region (21 percent), Northeast Region (14 percent) and Purchase Region (10 percent).
  • Of the hunters who reported harvesting a deer, 72 percent were Kentucky residents.

Crossbow deer season opens statewide on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Jackson joins Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff

Lisa Jackson photo

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife welcomes marketing and public relations professional Lisa Jackson to the agency to lead a new section in the Information and Education Division that will offer agency-wide communications support.

Jackson brings extensive state government, marketing and public relations experience.

Most recently, she was the marketing director for L.V. Harkness & Company in Lexington. Her four years at L.V. Harkness followed more than 18 years as assistant director and director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Kentucky Horse Park. During her tenure there, the Horse Park hosted the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and two international blockbuster exhibitions - All the Queen's Horses, in 2003, and A Gift from the Desert, in 2010.

She served as a senior event coordinator with Kentucky Venues and Kentucky Exposition Center for four years before accepting a position with the Kentucky Horse Park in 2000.

In her new role at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Jackson will lead a three-person staff that will develop informational videos and graphics and provide photo and web content support. She also will assist chief communications officer Kevin Kelly with strategic communications, including news releases, and media relations.

Jackson, of Lexington, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She has served on several association boards and earlier this year completed the 10-week Lexington Citizen Police Academy program.

New employees experience dove hunting through mentoring program

Mentor Dove Hunt group picture

Pictured (l-r): Becky Bloomfield, Andrew Wooldridge, Rachel Crume, Emily Hogue, Rachel Cummings, Devon Stivers, Ashley Reaves, Nathan Sangster. Photos by Lisa Jackson and Nathan Sangster.

Last year, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources launched an Employee Mentoring Program to allow employees to mentor someone who is new to hunting or fishing or to take an education class.

Information and Education Division staff organized a mentor dove hunt for three new co-workers in the division earlier this month.

Ashley Reaves - mentor dove hunt

The group visited the public dove field on the Gilbert Tract of Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area in Owen County.

Conservation educators Becky Bloomfield and Andrew Wooldridge, R3 Branch manager Rachel Crume,  assistant division director Emily Hogue and video producer Nathan Sangster served as mentors for resource management analyst Devon Stivers and graphic design coordinators Ashley Reaves (right) and Rachel Cummings. New Information Office Supervisor Lisa Jackson also attended to observe and photograph the hunt.

As the birds flew throughout the afternoon so did the steel shot. Reaves harvested her first dove. Though the other two did not harvest a bird, all who participated enjoyed the experience.

The department encourages all current anglers and hunters to take someone fishing or hunting this year to help sustain these important traditions and the conservation efforts they make possible. Each department employee can log up to 15 hours per fiscal year with supervisor approval to mentor a new hunter or angler.

Fisheries foursome wins golf scramble

2022 KDFWR Golf Scramble

Pictured (l-r): Dane Balsman, Dan Stoelb, Jay Herrala and Jeff Ross. Photo by Kevin Kelly

Dane Balsman, Dan Stoelb, Jay Herrala and Jeff Ross combined to shoot 9-under par to win the 2022 KDFWR Fall Golf Scramble on Sept. 9 at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Club in Lawrenceburg.

Second place in the 15-team field was decided by a tiebreaker after two foursomes finished at 6-under.

The team of Commissioner Rich Storm, Dave Dreves, Andrew Eaton and Kevin Kelly won the tiebreaker and finished second. The team of Ben Robinson, Eric McGinnis, David Bruce and Mark Cramer finished third.

Mark your calendars

In recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will offer free admission and several family-friendly activities on Saturday, Sept. 24.