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.

Commissioner Johnson and 2nd District Commission Member Frank Williams accepted
one of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Highest Awards

Well folks, this pic is just me - I finally found time to get a little waterfowl hunting
in this last Saturday.  Did it rain, and rain and rain and more rain. 
But did manage to bag a nice drake and hen mallard and two geese.
Make sure all you sportsmen and women get out this waterfowl season and enjoy;
and take a youngster or novice waterfowler with you.


Patrick O'Connell, Katie Haymes, Commissioner Johnson, Brian Clark,
Bill Balda and Jamie Cook presenting at the 2014 Archery and Bowhunting Summit

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!