Field to Fork: Archery Deer, Aug. 3, Fern Creek Sportsman's Club, Jefferson County, KY
The Fern Creek Sportsman’s Club in partnership with the
KDFWR is hosting their second annual Field to Fork workshop focusing on archery
hunting for deer. Topics covered will include: deer biology and behavior, deer
hunting licenses and regulations, bowhunting equipment, bowhunting strategies,
practice on the archery range, field dressing, skinning, quartering and how to
prepare and cook venison (recipes included). We encourage anyone that is interested
in hunting deer with a bow to take this workshop, even if you've never shot a
bow before. Register Here.
Cost: $25 Course Schedule: Aug. 3, 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
For more information please contact: Rachel.Young@ky.gov or 502-330-8487
Field to Fork: Dove, Sept. 21, Carter County, KY
This workshop and mentored hunt is for anyone who has never
been dove hunting before. The first couple hours of the day will cover topics
such as dove hunting laws and regulations, hunting tips, firearm safety in the
field, how to breast out and prepare dove meat, as well as, practice time on
the range. The majority of the day will be spent in a dove field with skilled
mentors. Register Here.
Cost: $25 Course Schedule: Sept. 21, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information please contact: Becky.Wallen@ky.gov or 502-330-8487
Field to Fork is a learn-to-hunt program for adults (18 y/o and up) who are new to hunting in general, or who have little-to-no experience hunting the featured game for the workshop. At this time, we host workshops featuring deer hunting, turkey hunting, dove hunting, and upland bird hunting (new 2019!).
Topics covered in Field to Fork workshops include:
- Biology of game animals
- History of hunting in Kentucky
- Habitats of featured game
- Hunting regulations
- Basic hunting equipment
- Scouting and hunting tactics
- Field dressing
- Butchering game
- Preparing game for the table
- Much more!
The workshops also include hands on range time with certified instructors, using typical hunting equipment, including but not limited to crossbows and shotguns!
Some workshops are combine with a mentored hunt. For the hunt, each participant is paired with a skilled mentor who will assist them during a hunt on public land in Kentucky. The mentor is there to answer questions, share hunting knowledge and skills in the field, and to assist if an animal is harvested. There are also follow up hunt opportunities (that are not mentored) where staff are stationed at a centralized location to assist with post-harvest processing.
Each participant must have their hunter safety certification prior to the workshop. You can find information about classes and online courses here https://fw.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Hunter-Education.aspx. Each participant must also purchase a hunting license prior to the workshop. You can do so here https://app.fw.ky.gov/solar/.
The Hunter's Legacy Program fosters recruitment of new college aged hunters by developing opportunities for positive in the field experiences that include proper hunter ethics, responsibility, and safety demonstrated by dedicated sportsmen desiring to pass on the hunting legacy.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources currently hosts clinics, workshops, and mentored hunts with six different colleges and universities across Kentucky. Programs run from 1-3 days and all necessary equipment is provided.
Types of Programs
Hunter Safety Education Certification
Introduction to Hunting Equipment Clinics (Crossbows, Shotguns, Rifles, Archery, etc.)
Field to Fork workshops featuring deer and turkey
Mentored Hunts for a wide variety of game
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Murray State University
- Western Kentucky University
- Morehead State University
- Campbellsville University
- University of Kentucky
How to Get Involved
Get your college or university involved by contacting the state coordinator.
Organize a workshop or clinic.
Host a mentored hunt.
Be a peer mentor in the field anad at the range.
Hunter's Legacy Coordinator
Explore Bowhunting Coordinator
1-800-858-1549 X 4475
1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601