Bear Hunters: The quota for the 2016 archery/crossbow season for bears WAS NOT MET today, Sat Oct 22nd.  Therefore, the bear season will remain open tomorrow.  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.


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.

Rupp Arena Advertisement
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.


Commissioner Johnson
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.

Wounded Hero's
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!! 

Wounded Hero's
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. 

Jake's Day
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.

Commissioner Johnson at Jake's Day
These two girls were really enjoying Jake's Day at Veteran's WMA and visiting with our law enforcement officers from the 6th District: Captain Richard Skaggs, Lieutenant Damon Foster, Sergeant Phillip Crane, and Officer Matthew Hartley.

Jake's Day
Helping out at Jake's Day at Veteran's WMA were left to right Dave Frederick - Public Lands Biologist, Eric Smith - Iterim Technician, Derek Beard - Regional Coordinator and his son Layton, and Brandon Jacobs - Area Mgr for Llyod WMA. Thanks guys!!

Adam's Grocery
Many thanks go out to Russ and Susan Adams of Adams’ Grocery in Ano, KY (Pulaski County) for their support of all the KY Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers and Biologists and Technicians who work around that community. Outstanding food and hospitality!”


Catron Memorial
Here lately many law enforcement officers across the nation have met with great sacrifice. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones. Pulaski County Sheriff, Sam Catron, was unfortunately struck down in April of 2002. Left to right, KFW Colonel Rodney Coffey, Captain Stuart Bryant, and myself decided to take time to visit Sheriff Catron's memorial while we were in Pulaski county, recently. I ask all of our sportsmen, and those who enjoy our great outdoors,to always remember the great commitment our KFW conservation officers make, each and every day, so they can enjoy the great hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities in our Commonwealth. Take time to say thanks the next time you see them; it will be greatly appreciated.


Rockcastle WMA
KY Fish and Wildlife recently acquired several properties across Kentucky that will expand opportunities for people to find places to hunt, fish, and enjoy the great outdoors. One such property is in Pulaski County and named the Rockcastle River Wildlife Management Area. Not yet open for public use, KFW hosted a public meeting at Shopville, KY school to gather public input on how the area is managed. The community turned out in huge support, with over 200 people attending and offering input. My personal thanks to our sportsmen and others who enjoy the outdoors for taking such a vital interest in management of our wildlife management areas.

Rockcastle River WMA
An exciting day in the field investigating the newly acquired Rockcastle River WMA in Pulaski County. This property has tons of potential for sportsmen. We are in the "planning use" stages with a mult-disciplinary team approach. Joining me, left to right, are myself (Commish Johnson), John Williams-District Fisheries Biologist, Captain Stuart Bryant - 9th District Law Enforcement Captain, Mike Strunk - District Biologist, and Steve Beam - Wildlife Division Director. Here we are looking over one of 14 lakes on the property.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors
Commissioner Johnson received a letter from Heywood Gordon, Wounded Warrior Outdoors Founding Director. The Commission recently held our April 29th committee meetings at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and a group of Wounded Warriors were participating in a Spring Turkey hunt that weekend. Members of that group of warriors opened the committee meetings by leading in the pledge and invocation.   
Mr. Gordon wrote, “Wounded Warrior Outdoors was honored to have you and your guests visit with us at Pumpkin Lodge, during the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park (LCSP) turkey hunt. The warriors were so pleased to lead the pledge and do the invocation at your meeting. The introduction of the warriors to the group and the appreciation shown to them by the attendees was truly meaningful to them. WWO has enjoyed the LCSP for several years and we hope to continue this annual event. The warriors who attend each year have a great need to understand how to transition from their injuries. This is a great location for each of them to better identify what the future may hold for them. 
I want to personally thank you for the exemption from license and permits the warriors receive. The State of Kentucky is so gracious to offer this to WWO.”

Kids Fishing Day at Minor Clark Fish Hatchery
I spent the day at the Kids Fishing Day at Minor Clark Fish Hatchery at Cave Run Lake.  What a great events attended by hundreds of kids.  Thanks to many of our partners for helping put this on. Lots of happy faces as exhibited here by Noah and Seth Reed from Frenchburg, KY showing off their catch of catfish!!  Remember, "no child left indoors!"