Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

February 12, 2014

Wild Turkey Federation Convention set to begin Thursday

GLASGOW — There is still not much to report this week on the local fishing scene. The level at Barren River Lake stood at 541.71 feet Wednesday morning and was beginning to fall slowly. I can report that sign-ups have begun for the Barren River Rod and Gun Club’s annual “Big Bass” contest, which officially begins March 1. You can see Bill Tinsley or Bob Bell to register or get details.

 

The National Wild Turkey Federation’s 38th annual convention opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville.

There is no admission charge for Wild Turkey Federation members, but non-members will pay $20.

 

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced this week that enrollment has begun in the Cooperative Dove Field Program. Enrollment continues until March 1.

The Cooperative Dove Field Program pays landowners to lease fields on their property for public dove hunting.

“Landowners may earn up to $10,000 in the Cooperative Dove Field Program,” said Rocky Pritchert, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “They earn $300 per acre planted.”

Pritchert said the department will accept fields ranging from 6 to 30 acres with additional payments for buffers around fields. “Fields generally run from 20 to 30 acres in size,” he explained. “But, we encourage anyone interested to apply.”

Farmers may plant an idle field to sunflowers, millet or another acceptable crop for a public dove field by working with a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife private lands biologist and following some simple guidelines.

Payment amounts depend on the number of acres enrolled, crop type and fulfillment of the plot management agreement with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Property owners may also call the department at 1-800-858-1549 for more information.

 

The U.S. Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced this week that it is consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the discovery of new populations of an existing endangered species in Lake Cumberland.

Until a study is completed, the Corps will set a maximum pool elevation of 705 feet, which is the same as the 2013 elevation.

A species survey report on Dec. 11, 2013, confirmed the presence of the federally endangered Duskytail Darter in five miles of stream habitat in the headwaters region of the lake that were exposed during the drawdown.

Construction on the Wolf Creek Dam cutoff wall is complete. All evidence to date indicates that the dam remediation work is functioning as intended. Ongoing construction activities to remove the remaining shot rock fill on the upstream face of the embankment are expected to be completed by early March 2014.

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