Bear Hunters: The quota for the 2014 archery/crossbow season for bears WAS NOT MET today.  Therefore, the bear season will remain open tomorrow.  All hunters must check the KDFWR homepage or call the Info Center at 1-800-858-1549 AFTER 9:00 PM each day of the season to learn if the black bear quota was met.  For information about checking bears, click here.

 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.

Listen to the Commissioner's Kentucky Afield Radio spot! "A memorable experience in Kentucky's outdoors."  That's a top priority of the new leader of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.  If you thought Frankfort was far removed from the grass roots outdoorsman, think again.  From his early days as a student at EKU to setting standards with the USDA, Commissioner Johnson spent much of his career connection communities to conservation.  He knows us.  We go inside outdoors this week to get to know him.

While speaking before the Somerset/Pulaski Chamber of Commerce recently this gentleman,
Hunter Carlton came by to talk about a career as a conservation officer some day. 
He is a 6th grader at Northern Middle School in Pulaski County. 
Several of local youth visited with me that day as they were out of school for the election. 
It is always a real pleasure to see so many of our youth interested in careers in wildlife and fisheries.

I spent the day at our Otter Creek facility and what an outstanding place!
Charlie Logsdon does a great job keeping the place going.
In the picture are left to right, Kevin Brown (camp host), Charlie Logsdon,
Richard Lampson, and Becky Brown (camp host).
Many thanks to all of them for their team effort at Otter Creek.


I spent the day recently working with our all-star shocking crew on the tailwaters
of Lake Cumberland.  It took awhhile but they finally got me broke in. 
Pictured are Dave Dreves (Crew Chief), Jason McDowell, and John Williams.
I gained a deep appreciation for the hard work that goes into our fish sampling efforts.
Thanks guys!

I accepted an appreciation plaque on behalf
of the agency from Joe Shreaves, Director of the QDMA Military Youth Hunt
held at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County for its support.
There were 47 military dependent youth hunters who harvested an event record 41 deer.


Finally got to float Green River below Green River Lake on Labor Day for smallmouth.
What a gem of a free flowing river. Caught some nice smallmouth and red eyes.
Only flipped canoe once. Bite was on crawfish colored tube jigs. Many thanks to friends
Jeff Sole, Jim Aldrich, and Jackson Watts. Pictured are Jeff and Jackson as we pulled out of the river.
This trip should be on every serious fisherman's list.