GLASGOW — The Barren Bassmasters will host their 22nd annual swap meet on Saturday at the Cave City Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission at the door is $5 for adults and $1 for children. There will be 100 dealer tables available for buy, sell, trade or swap. There will be refreshments available on site.
Also heard this week the Wayne County Bass Bandits will have a swap meet on Jan. 25 at the National Guard Armory in Monticello from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pro fisherman Bradley Roy will be there.
Appreciate the comments on the bird discussion last week. Took my feeders down for a day for some tree trimming, but they’re back up now and the birds have resumed feeding. Heard from Suzanne Waldrop that she spotted a Ruby Crowned Kinglet at her house. Understand from my bird book they are rarely seen at a feeder.
Not much happening again this week on the fishing scene. Barren’s level stood at 532 feet Wednesday morning. A couple of our Oldtimer buddies, Larry Spencer and Freddie Carver, have been in Florida this week and sending back photos of big crappie and bluegill. Needless to say, the rest of us are jealous.
From KDFWR we learned that the Sandhill Crane season ended last Sunday with 75 of the total 87 birds harvested coming from Barren County in the vicinity of their biggest roost at Barren Reservoir. Three came from Allen County with others taken in Adair, Hardin, LaRue and Todd counties.
Eighty-seven was nowhere near the 400 limit set for the month-long season that opened Dec. 14. Overall, 399 hunters got permits for the hunt.
Now that the hunting season has closed, Barren River Lake State Resort Park will host two Nature Watch Weekends, Jan. 24-25 and Feb. 7-8, to get a closer look at the cranes.
From outdoor writer Lee McClellan and Kentucky Afield, we were told this week Kentucky hunters took 20 bears during the 2013 bear season that ended in December. This season introduced an expanded bear hunting zone as well as an archery and crossbow season.Both the firearm and archery / crossbow bear seasons received a 10-bear quota for the 2013 seasons for a total of 20 bears. Hunters can now hunt bears in 16 Kentucky counties, up from four counties in 2012.