Custom-Fit Regulations Work

It’s not at all uncommon for state DNRs to put blanket statewide regulations on all lakes or all streams. The motivations vary. It could be a matter of convenience, an attempt to effect a change in some fisheries, or it could be purely sociological — to show the angling public the DNR is doing something.

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Converting CRP Land To Cornfields Hurts Deer

Terry T. from Kentucky
writes to ask about corn and soybeans. “I know that deer love corn and soybeans, and agricultural states that plant such crops seem to have an abundance of
healthy, big deer. Thus, since we are planting more and more of these
crops for use in ethanol, food and exportation, won’t we see more big deer in
those areas?”

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You Can Pattern Rutting Bucks

Tom A. from Kentucky
writes to ask about patterning bucks. “Everything I read says that you can’t
pattern bucks during the rut. But last year I saw the same, mature buck three
times, in the same general area over a one-week period. I never got a
shot at him, but he seemed fairly predictable during the rut. What gives?”

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Crappie Fishing Kentucky, Barkley Lakes

On this crisp autumn morning, the guide scrutinized his electronics as he idled into the cove through wisps of fog rising from the chilled water. We dropped jigs sweetened with live minnows into the water. Near the bottom, oak planks created an artificial forest to attract fish. Before long, a fat crappie took the bait.

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Are Brassicas In My Foot Plot Toxic?

James W. from Kentucky
writes to ask about “Brassica Toxicity.” “I saw on a
chat room discussion on the Internet that there is something called “Brassica Toxicity.” I have a lot of the Brassicas in my food plots. Am I causing a
problem for my deer?”

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Food Plots: Make A Predictable Path

Zach R. from Kentucky
writes to ask about getting deer closer. "I planted some food plots on my
property, but the bucks are always too far away for me to get bow shots. I
grunt and rattle, but to no avail. What can I do to get these bucks closer to
my treestand?"

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