Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Outdoors with Big Country – Public Hunting Areas

openinday dayKENTUCKY (3/14/13) – If you are like me and don’t have a 300 acre farm or a family farm, or an expensive land leased to hunt and fish on, you have to make the best out of using Kentucky’s public land to enjoy all your outdoor experiences, such as deer, turkey, and waterfowl hunting and camping.
 
Think of it this way, Kentucky has a lot to offer in public recreation and boating. In the Western Kentucky region, Land between the Lakes area has some of the best of both worlds when it comes to hunting, fishing, boating and even camping or trail hiking. Kentucky also has several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s) that offer extremely good deer and turkey hunting opportunities, along with fishing options.
 
Fort Campbell Military Reservation, near Hopkinsville, has some great turkey hunting, plus they offer a bonus turkey tag that doesn’t count towards your regular Kentucky tag limit. For more info on this hot spot, you can contact them at the Hunting Shack at 270-798-2175, for all the requirements to enter the post area. There is a permit fee and several rules to follow due to the fact that it is an army base, but it might just be worth the extra effort for some.
 
Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area can be contacted at 270-924-2065 at the Golden Pond Check-in Center for further details and information.
 
I have personally hunted both of these areas and they are excellent for exploring great hunting or fishing possibilities.
 
The most popular fish to go for during the spring or summer season are Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and/or Striped Bass. Also, in the far Western Kentucky area, the Ballard County Wildlife Management Area is excellent, and all-around a good Sportsman’s Paradise. Located just West of Paducah, it is a drive worth taking just to visit the waterfowl refuge there, and to witness thousands of Ducks and geese. It’s a trip to take on any given day for the family.
 
Near the Greenville and Central City area, the Peabody WMA area is also one of my favorite spots to hunt and fish, due to the fact that the roads are accessible to most of the nearly 50,000 acres of old strip mine land. There is excellent deer, turkey, rabbit and coyote hunting opportunities there all year. Several small lakes are accessible by gravel maintained roads, but use caution while entering the areas due to rough terrain. Some areas may be very rocky due to the strip mine land that has not been reclaimed.
 
You will need a permit to enter the Peabody WMA and all the info can be attained by checking it out in the Hunting and Fishing guide, or the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife at fw.ky.gov .
 
If you want a place to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, there are no other places that may compare to Kentucky, other than Alaska. But, there are no turkeys in Alaska. We have Whitetail Deer, turkeys, elk, small game and hundreds of fish species. Kentucky is your sportsman’s paradise, from Ashland to Bardwell. We have it all right here in the Bluegrass State.
 
If recommend that if you are planning a trip to the outdoors of Kentucky, make arrangements and plan early for your event, as a lot of campsites are already booked up for the year. Make a difference this year and enjoy Kentucky’s great outdoors.

BIG FISH

Fish of the Week – This big bass, pictured here, was caught by Rod Decker of Rockport, KY on Guntersville Lake in Alabama last weekend. Rod told Big Country that it was cold, but that he had a great time.
 
If you would like your fish to be featured as Big Country’s fish of the week, send photos and information to Randy Adams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Until next week, I’ll see you on the water or in the woods.
 
Randy Adams
Contact Randy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Join Big Country’s outdoor page on Facebook
 
Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Cadiz Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 26, 2014

CADIZ, Ky. (12/26/14) — The Cadiz Police Department released the following reports. Officer Andrew Sanderson arrested… Read More

Owensboro's Atkins Earns Exempt Status on Web.com Tour

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (12/26/14) — Rick Cochran and Matt Atkins have both earned full exempt status on the 2015… Read More

Most Read This Week

December 24, 2014 12545

Christmas Eve Bloody Brawl Erupts on Dulin Street

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 25, 2014 8516

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 6031

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 25, 2014 4130

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - December 25, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers
December 23, 2014 4089

Couple's Alleged Dispute over Blanket Leads to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 22, 2014 3774

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 22, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 20, 2014 3606

KET’s Kentucky Life Segment to Feature Old…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 23, 2014 3546

Alleged Theft at Walmart Sends Two to Jail

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 23, 2014 3169

Disturbance Results in Vehicle, Foot Pursuit,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer Tyler Russell
December 23, 2014 2931

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Karen McKnight

Stories Trending Today

December 25, 2014 8516

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 6031

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 26, 2014 2681

5-Year-Old Boy Kills Buck/Doe

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Randy Adams
December 26, 2014 1880

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 26, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 26, 2014 1740

2014 Looking Back: World Mourns Watson Family…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 26, 2014 1721

Grab the Best Buys This January

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 1598

E-cigarettes and Quitting Smoking

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 1510

SurfKY Spotlight: Hudson Service Center

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
December 26, 2014 1477

The Greatest Gift - The Gift of Life

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins Circuit Clerk Karen McKnight
December 26, 2014 1302

Packing Away Christmas Decor Doesn't Have to be…

in Top News For All Sites by SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss