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Presidents Message: April 2017

With Spring upon us, the small game season has come to a close. Now we can anticipate the strutting and gobbling of Spring turkey and a new year of excitement for our sportsmen and women. As the weather increasingly brings forth a new season of growth and warmth, it also brings forth youth events and activities.

The saying “Our Youth Is Our Future” still holds true and will be a mainstay as time goes on. Plan a youth event, take a child hunting or fishing or just introduce them to the great outdoors. The League of Kentucky Sportsmen offers Casting and Squirrel Riffle competitions across the commonwealth. If your child has not been involved in the past, contact the League office or a sportsman’s club near you and inquire about getting your child or other youth involved. These and other programs offered by League clubs has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of our youth.

If you are not a member of or know a local club that is not a member of the League,  join and encourage them to join and offer these free programs to local youth as a League member club.

The League will continue to work closely with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to ensure that your concerns as sportsmen and women across the Commonwealth are voiced and taken seriously. We will also continue to monitor legislation and oppose anti hunting, trapping and fishing groups and legislation.

Be an active part of keeping the tradition alive and well, our future as sportsmen depends on you, the sportsman, and your level of involvement. Join today and become a part of an organization that has, and will continue to be not only “The Voice of the Sportsmen”, but an organization comprised or sportsmen and women with a passion to build on our future and resources across this great Commonwealth.


The 2015 League Of Kentucky Sportsmen Convention – NEW LOCATION!


Gather with your fellow sporstmen and help celebrate the 80th year of the organization! The annual meeting is hosted by the 3rd District Federation in 2015. If you’re planning on attending, download the Delegate form.


Convention Dates June 12th-14th 2015


Holiday Inn
1325 South Hurstbourne Ln
Louisville KY
For reservations, call 502-426-2600 and give the code LGK to receive the discounted rate of $99.00 per night for League members.


The NRA Wall of Guns
Discounted tickets $28.95 to KY Kingdom includes the water park with a shuttle to and from the park all day from hotel.
9am – Business meeting (keynote speaker TBA) (see the resolutions to be voted on LKSresolutions10515 and LKSresolutions20515).
6:00 pm – LKS & KWFF Cocktail Party
7:00 pm  – LKS  & KWFF Banquet and Awards Dinner – keynote speaker is Nick Pinizzotto President and CEO of the U. S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
Banquet tickets can be purchased by credit card by calling the League office
859-858-0135.  Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children.  Tickets
must be purchased by June 8th.  Tickets can also be purchased by mail
send check to:
League of Kentucky Sportsmen
1116 Hume Rd
Lexington KY  40516
Tickets will need to be picked up at the registration table for the Business meeting
or at the Banquet that evening.  We will not be able to sell additional tickets at the
There will be a DJ playing immediately following the Dinner and Awards
KWFF will hold a silent auction and the LKS will also hold a raffle & auction
9am – Trap Event at the Jefferson Gun Club
5 man teams shoot 50 targets (ATA rules)
25 targets at 16 yd line, 25 targets at 22 yard line
9am   – 3D Event  at Chickasaw Archery Club
4 man team shoots 30 targets, ASA Bowhunter Rules
You can download the full agenda here >>>> 2015 LKS Convention Agenda

2015 General Assembly Update

The League of Kentucky Sportsmen reserves the right to modify their position on the legislation indicated below or any other legislation as the result of any change(s) that may occur during the meeting of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly.

To see a table of all pending legislation, the sponsoring member, and their position on the matter, click here –  2015 Kentucky General Assembly – to download a Word document.

Improving Small Game Habitat

In the summer of 2014, the League of Kentucky Sportsmen HILAF (Habitat Improvement Land Acquisition Foundation) donated (2) large Bobcat Skid steer Units and (2) Hydra-clip Tree Shears.  The following is a segment from KY Afield showcasing this equipment in action while working on Paintsville Wildlife Management Area in eastern Kentucky.  The speed and efficiency of this equipment is staggering when compared to traditional methods using chainsaws.  Soon the equipment will be leaving eastern Kentucky and moving across the state to achieve an annual goal of creating, improving or maintaining 2500 acres of small game habitat.  Hope you enjoy the segment.

2014 Casting Winners

all rights JIM GALLOPGirls 10 – 12 – Isabella Bastien
Girls 13 – 16 – Katie Ballard
Girls 17 – 20 – Jessi Johnson

Boys 9 & Under – Austin Ballard
Boys 10 – 12 – Logan Avery (highest score in state with 82)
Boys 13 – 16 – Luke Goode
Boys 17 – 20 – Nick Wilson


10-12 y.o.
REECE GENTILE                   SCORE 36         3RD DISTRICT
13-16 y.o.
KATIE BALLARD              SCORE 35         4TH DISTRICT
17-20 y.o.
MEGAN  WILSON            SCORE 36          4TH DISTRICT
GABE KIDD                      SCORE 28         8TH DISTRICT
10-12 y.o.

EVAN BARKER                SCORE 30   8TH DISTRICT
13-16 y.o.
17-20 y.o.

District chairpeople:

1st  Kevin Murphy  935 Bryants Ford Rd Paducah KY  42003  270-994-7482
2nd  No Contact
3rd   Serena King-Price  276 Huber Station Rd  Shepherdsville KY  40165  502-301-4718
4th   Cathy Ballard    5552 Boston Rd  Bardstown KY  40004  502-827-3360 or 859-750-3142
5th   Josh Lillard  1895 Airport Exchange Blvd  Erlanger KY
6th   Luann Johnson  PO Box 445 Lawrenceburg KY  40342  502-598-1533
7th   Jerry Stiltner   181 Price Ave   Elkhorn City KY  41522   606-754-9009
8th   Ronnie Caudill  225 Caudill Cemetery Rd  Morehead KY  40351  606-784-5397
9th   No Contact

Prescribed Burning

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.”  William Allingham

Fire…this single word ignites emotion on many levels. Fire warms our cold bodies. We enjoy the roaring campfire as we celebrate with friends or revel in it’s simplicity.
Yet fire can evoke fear and thoughts of destruction…especially if introduced into our forests and fields in careless, reckless ways.

But that same fire, executed in a prescribed, methodical fashion, by seasoned professionals can coax new life from old or abandoned fields.

Take a minute to not only learn, but see the results of “Prescribed Burning” by watching this short video.

“And the Phoenix shall rise from the ashes.”

Need A Reason To Go Fishing?

This is the fourth year we have stocked white crappie in Blood River (Kentucky Lake). We just stocked about 200,000 this past week. This study was initiated in 2009. Although, very few studies of stocking white crappie have shown to be beneficial, it is being attempted at Kentucky Lake on a small scale by only using Blood River. Jonathan Creek is not being stocked so that it can be used as a comparison during this study. Continue reading Need A Reason To Go Fishing?