The Quality Deer Management Association will bring its national convention to Louisville Ky., May 8-9, and osprey might slow construction on a Kentucky Lake bridge.
Like snakes? Me neither.
Like to avoid them? Me too.
Anyone can be a birder, even me. Find out how in the April issue of Kentucky Monthly at http://www.kentuckymonthly.com/explore/field-notes.
Last December a conservation officer for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources www.fw.ky.gov answered a call about a reported mountain lion. What followed sparked an avalanche of public outrage.
Read my take on it in the March issue of Kentucky Monthly. http://www.kentuckymonthly.com/explore/field-notes/mountain-lion-kentucky/.
Problems with deer?
Whitetails causing crop damage?
Looking for a place to hunt?
Check out the outdoor column in the February issue of Kentucky Monthly http://www.kentuckymonthly.com/topics/gary_garth/.
The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area www.landbetweenthelakes.us is a 170,000-acre slice of federal property that separates Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and spills across the Kentucky-Tennessee border. It’s heavily wooded and mostly undeveloped (a few campgrounds; no commercial facilities). Residents include deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, a few quail, seasonable waterfowl and more. Hunting seasons do not exactly follow state regulations but there are plenty of hunting opportunities for most game species, although the elk and bison are off limits.
LBL has been home to a resident American bison herd for decades. A few years ago elk were added. The elk and bison now share a 700-acre fenced patch of land (the Elk and Bison Prairie) that has been replanted in native grasses. Access is by a one-way auto loop. It’s become one of LBL’s most popular attractions.
I drove through the prairie Monday afternoon. It’s usually a $5 per car fee but there was no charge in celebration of MLK Day.
The afternoon was sunny and in the 50s. Elk were out and so were the bison, both of which were apparently undisturbed by the steady stream of traffic.
The Elk and Bison Prairie is a nice exhibit and well worth a visit. Now, if they’d just take down the fence.
I’m not really a New Year resolution kind of guy but I would like to accomplish a few things this year: Catch a steelhead. Visit the headwaters of the Missouri River. Spend a few extra days prowling in the squirrel woods. Try ice fishing. Camp above the treeline. Blog regularly. Make daily Bible reading a reality instead of a good intention.
This blog also has a new name. Base Camp & Beyond. What’s in a name? Check back often. We’ll find out.
Thanks, and make this year your best.