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.
I am really proud of the folks from KFW who stepped up and volunteered to help our KY Division of Forestry friends fight the wild fires in east Kentucky.
A great family deer hunt as my daughter, Kendra, poses with her buck along with my grrandson Max.
Got after the Canada Geese over the Thanksgiving weekend. Had a good set up. First flock that came in, three shots, three geese - ended too fast!
Should be a great season for geese, time to take some youngsters out for their first goose hunt.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently recognized the KY Fish & Wildlife Commission and the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for their contribution and commitment to the Wisconsin Elk Reintroduction effort. Pictured left to right are Frank Williams, Chairman of the KY Fish & Wildlife Commission; Kurt Thiede, Assistant Secretary for the WI Dept. of Natural Resources; and Gregory Johnson, Commissioner for the KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Kentucky is paying it forward to WI by trapping and moving up to 150 Elk to WI to help their Elk reintroduction efforts. In return WI is providing financial and technical assistance to the KY Grouse Initiative for east KY.
Spent the day last Saturday at Bluegrass Army Depot. After years of cooperative conservation planning and wildlife management on the Depot, the first ever quail quota hunt was held with resounding success. Lots and lots of birds due to habitat management and hunters and dogs had a great quota hunt. Officials observing the hunt included from left to right Rusty Gailor - 3rd District KY F&W Commission Member, Colonel Norbert Fochs - Commander of the Bluegrass Army Depot, myself Gregory Johnson - Commissioner KFW, Jimmy Bevins - 6th District KY F&W Commission Member, and Don McKenzie - Executive Director for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative.
Me with Ethen Vest (center) and his brother, Revan Vest (far right), and the white catfish caught by Ethen at Guist Creek Lake. The fish weighed 5.25 pounds and pending certification, would be the new state record.
I was at Rupp Arena this past Sunday for a preview of their new scoreboard and other technology improvements. They were hosting the event for their advertising sponsors. KFW advertises at the home basketball games. Among our advertising a visitor will experience, is this piece on the elevator door.
I I recently hosted my counterparts from about a dozen different states at our National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative meeting held at Shaker Village. It was great to host these national quail leaders here in KY and share our successful efforts at restoring quail and planning for the future.
A great “boat ramp” day for Prestonsburg and Paintsville, KY as officials celebrated the opening of their new boat ramp on the Big Sandy River!! “The parking lot has been full of boat trailers ever since the ramp opened,” said Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter. “A real boom for the local economy,” added Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapelton. Also attending the celebration was Senator Johnny Ray Turner who talked about the partnership of local government with KY Fish and Wildlife to complete the much needed boat ramp.
This group of KY Fish & Wildlife Officers joined me at KY Wounded Heroes benefit trap shoot recently held at the Calvert City Gun Club. They shot trap also although I think some of them could hit the clay pigeons better with their pistols :), but all had fun. Left to right are Officer Daniel Richardson, Captain Garry Clark, Officer Kyle Webb, Senator Danny Carroll, Colonel Rodney Coffey, and Officer Tim Humble. Thanks guys!!
Joining me at the Wounded Heroes Benefit Trap Shoot in Calvert City were some judges "giving back." They are all pretty good shots to, and raised a lot of funds for a good cause. Pictured left to right are myself (Commish Johnson), Colonel Rodney Coffey (KY Fish & Wildlife), Terri Bennett with husband and former KY Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Tom Bennett, Justice Sam Wright and his wife Jennifer, retired Justice David Barber, Circuit Court Judge from Paducah Craig Clymer, and Justice Bill Cunningham.
These two guys were revealing all the fishing holes in the Bluegrass Region to visitors at Jake's Day at Veteran's WMA. They became real popular!! Left is Jeff Crosby - Central District Fisheries Biologist, and David Baker - Fisheries Biologist in the Central Region.