Kentucky Afield Outdoors


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​​​​Kentucky Afield Outdoors is a monthly column written for outdoors enthusiasts. Click the articles below to learn more about more exciting opportunities to get out and enjoy ​the Great Outdoors!

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Kentucky Afield Magazine, Spring 2023 Issue

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Recent Columns

Fisheries Biologist David Baker holding a black crappie

Lee McClellan  •  March 25, 2024

Remember Small Lakes this Crappie Season

Every spring, anglers pursuing crappie during April’s spawn flock to large reservoirs such as Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Barren River Lake or even Green River Lake. However, crappie fishing in the big lakes is tough if you don’t have a good-sized power boat​


spring​ story​ 

Male Gobbler in a field

Ciara Knisely  •  March 14, 2024

Spring wild turkey hunting season opens in April​

Spring is coming, and we’re all picturing it: trekking under budding trees, brushing past blooming daffodils, eyes and ears on...​


spring​ story​ 

Marcy Anderson holding up a Large Mouth bass on Wood Creek Lake

Lee McClellan  •  February 12, 2024

Catch your trophy in February

Not long ago, wind chills bottomed out at 15 degrees below zero. After this arctic wave passed, Kentuckians endured monsoon rains that prompted rivers and streams to jump up quickly and run high for weeks.


winter story​ ​​

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Brown Trout being pulled off a fly buy a hand

Lee McClellan  •  December​ 26, 2023

Fly fishing the Cumberland tailwater​

W​hile winter slows down most fishing in Kentucky, trout angling remains hot in the tailwater below Lake Cumberland’s Wolf Creek Dam.​


winter story​ ​​

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2024 Kentucky Afield Calendar Cover showing a grey fox on a tree

Ciara Knisely  •  November 29, 2023

Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast​

​​No matter what your age or circumstance, no one can deny that receiving a thoughtful gift from a friend or loved one leaves us with a​ warm feeling. If you’re stumped about what to give the outdoors enthusiast in your life for Christmas, however, here are some gift suggestions to consider.​


fall story​ ​​

Rick Hill Snow Goose painting

​Lee McClellan  •  November 9, 2023

Give Thanks For Waterfowl Seasons​

​​V​ariability in weather patterns is a good predictor of success for the upcoming waterfowl seasons that open on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.​


fall story ​​

Squirrel Hunters

Ciara Knisely  •  October 26, 2023

​Fall Hunting Opportunities Abound​

​​As the weather transitions into cooler temperatures, fall is a beautiful time to spend outdoors. Many people take advantage of the season by heading afield with bows, muzzleloaders, shotguns and rifles. Many are seeking the white-tailed deer that put Kentucky on the hunting map.​​​​


fall story ​​


Ciara Knisely  •  September 01, 2023​

Kentucky's Deer
​Season Starts​

​​A​rchery season for deer opens Sept. 2, the official launch of Kentucky’s 2023​-24 seaso​n. The state is home to a bountiful herd of wh​ite-tailed deer, offering many enjoyable hunting opportunities and providing a sustainable source of healthy meat for the table.​​​​


fall story ​​


Ciara Knisely  •  August 14​, 2023​

Dove Season
Takes Flight

On the first of September each year, thousands of hunters flock to Kentucky’s fields with shotguns slung over their shoulders. Despite the particularly heavy summer heat we’ve trudged through, this year will be no different.​​​

summer story ​​​​


Lee McClellan​  •  August 07, 2023​

Lake Cumberland
​Striped Bass ​Update

​​​F​or farmers, crops do well when the rain falls at just the right time. In other years, when there’s too much or too little rain, not so much.

summer story​ ​​​​

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Lee McClellan​  •  July 10, 2023​

Kayak ​Fishing
Tips For Summer

The meat of the summer heat is here and will remain until​​ late September. For many paddlers, the first days of summer mean the start of kayak fishing season and time to get their boats wet for the first time in months.​

summer story ​​​​