FRANKFORT, Ky. (3/7/13) – The League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Grouse Hunters Association recently made a donation of equipment and cash totaling about $20,000 to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
"We pooled our resources for the benefit of grouse and woodcock habitat management in eastern Kentucky," said Mark Nethery, League of Kentucky Sportsmen (LKS) president.
The equipment presented to the department included three Stihl chainsaws, a Kubota RTV 400 utility 4-wheeler, a haul trailer and $4,000, to be used to buy alder seedlings that will be planted for woodcock habitat in riparian areas.
Additionally, Nethery gave department Fisheries Director Ron Brooks a $5,000 check to help cover expenses for the upcoming Carp Madness, an Asian carp commercial fishing tournament, March 12-13, on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The goal of the tournament is to help control the exotic fish which threaten native game fish populations in the two reservoirs.
LKS is a statewide sportsmen's organization founded in 1935. The Kentucky Grouse Hunters Association is a group of bird hunters and former members of a local chapter of Quail Unlimited (QU). QU went out of business in January 2013.
Both groups received commission permits for Kentucky's 2013 elk season. A stipulation of receiving the permits is that they are used for fundraising, with 100 percent of the auction proceeds used to finance habitat projects performed in partnership with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists.
Information provided by Seth Stewart
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