Outdoors with the Commissioner

Commissioner Johnson loves to be outdoors and enjoys interacting with the employees and our sportsmen and women. Here are a few pictures that show the great memorable experiences the Commissioner experiences with folks while he is out in the state.


Dwight Sears (far right), brought his Silent Guard Security
senior management team by to visit Salato Wildlife Education Center
in Frankfort, as part of their visit to the Commonwealth's Capitol.
They had a great experience, and Dwight commented that
Salato is a great place to consider as a team retreat.


I attended the 8th District Sportsmen Awards Banquet in Frenchburg, KY. What a great group of "expert" youth marksmen seen pictured and recognized!! Several State winners in this bunch as well. It was great having Representative David Hale also in attendance to recognize the youth and their accomplishments. Also, many thanks to their coaches for being there for the kids. And yes, as can be seen sitting on the table in the foreground, there were some hotdogs left over :) attended the 8th District Sportsmen Awards Banquet in Frenchburg, KY. What a great group of "expert" youth marksmen seen pictured and recognized!! Several State winners in this bunch as well. It was great having Representative David Hale also in attendance to recognize the youth and their accomplishments. Also, many thanks to their coaches for being there for the kids. And yes, as can be seen sitting on the table in the foreground, there were some hotdogs left over :)


I recently visited Sloughs WMA with 2nd District Commission Member Frank Williams. They looked over the work being done with Ducks Unlimited plus other management objectives with Sloughs staff. It was a great trip, great work going on!! Pictured from left to right are Michael Hutcheison, Commissioner Johnson, Charlie Plush (Sloughs WMA Manager), Greg Buckert, Commissioner Frank Williams (Second District Commission member) and Scott Harp. 

 

I recently attended the Kentucky National Archery in the Schools Program State Championship in Louisville – here are some pics of participants and our KFW staff helping out; 4,200 participants from 182 schools, with 328 archers shooting at a time. It can’t get any better than this for KY.

Archery participants check their scores at the NASP Tournament
Archery participants check their scores at the NASP Tournament

Kids participating at the air rifle virtual shooting range at the NASP Tournament
Kids participating at the air rifle virtual shooting range at the NASP Tournament

Fish and Wildlife employees working the NASP Tournament registration desk
Fish and Wildlife employees working the NASP Tournament registration desk
From left to right:  Megan Bagby, Rachel Bertucci, Amy Akers, and Melissa Trent


I had the distinct honor of attending the 2015 Annual Salato Wildlife Center Volunteer Awards Banquet.  Our volunteers logged over 3,600 hours in 2015 and are directly responsible for the success of the Center and high levels of customer satisfication.  Many thanks!
Pictured from left to right are some of those awarded:  Conservation Educator, Geoff Roberts; Commissioner Johnson; Native Plant Program Volunteer of the Year, Nancy Vance; Conservation Interpeter of the Year, Emily Bennett; Salato Center Administrative Branch Manager, Brent McCarty; Conservation Educator, Emily Hogue; Intern of the Year, Janetta Kelly; Superlative Award Winner, Nick Laracuente; Overall Volunteer of the Year, Geoff Webb



I spent the day at the Louisville Boat Show/Deer&Turkey Expo/QDMA National Meeting. Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary, Don Parkinson, also came by to spend the day. All the sportsmen visitors we met were great, the show was great, and the KY F&W staff manning our booths were fantastic!! Pictured left to right are myself, Secretary Don Parkinson, and Charlie Logsdon (Otter Creek Manager). It was great to see the Secretary come by, as he was very interested and impressed with our booths, our staff, and the excitement of the crowd. His interest is greatly appreciated.

Commissioner Johnson with Tim Farmer on a rabbit hunt
Mixed emotions for me as Commissioner on this day. Last day filming in the field for a KY Afield TV Show for KY Afield host Tim Farmer. Out doing a rabbit hunt with Tim. Many thanks to Nathan Brooks (cameraman not pictured), and landowner Bobby Lake. Pictured left to right are Ryan Johnson, Big Al Stakelin, Tim Farmer, yours truly, and Kendra Schadler. Had 6 fantastic beagles on the ground that day and plenty of good rabbit runs. Seems every year our Kentucky rabbits get "foxier" with techniques on eluding beagles, but these dogs kept up with their tricks. Finally, many thanks to KY Afield host Tim Farmer as he retires at the end of December. He has truly brought Kentucky outdoors into everyone's living room for many years. Both him, and the show, have been presented with numerous Emmy awards for the quality of their work. Thanks Tim, and good luck going forward.

Commissioner Johnson at Kentucky Utilities
This past Saturday was a very memorable day for me as Commissioner. I got to spend part of the day at Kentucky Utilities Tyrone Power Plant grounds for a Wounded Warrior deer hunt. Kentucky Utilities, along with the Life Adventure Center, and KY Fish & Wildlife sponsored the hunt. 19 hunters harvested 53 deer, 12 antlered bucks of which 2 were 1.5, the rest 3.5 or older. Some of the hunters harvested their first deer, the look on their faces was priceless. I want to thank the following KF&W folks who helped out: Joe Lacefield, Zak Danks and Olivia Harmsen for help with hunters and the meat pole/check station, Richard Adkins and David Marques for running the range Friday for their rifle zeroing. Pictured from left to right are: Nathan Brooks (wounded warrior hunter), Jeff Fraley (Kentucky Utilites), Byron Marlowe (Life Adventure Center), Commissioner Johnson, Joe Lacefield (KF&W Biologist), and Henry Mare (wounded warrior hunter). What a great day!!

NBCI Fire Bird Award
I had the pleasure of presenting the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) Fire Bird Award to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Pictured left to right are Ben Leffew and Don Pelly of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, myself (Commissioner Johnson), and KDFWR Small Game Specialists Ben Robinson and John Morgan. Currently, more than 1,000 acres of high quality bobwhite habitat has been established at Shaker Village and the quail have really responded. Shaker Village also hosted the national Coordinated Implementation Plan training for NBCI this past summer with over 14 states represented. The Fire Bird Conservation Award was presented to Shaker Village on behalf the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife - Congratulations to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill!!!! A great partnership!!