Habitat Improvement Projects Progress

From Scott Freidhof, a wildlife biologist with the KDFWR:

Paintsville Grouse Cut - Wetlands(5)

Paintsville Grouse Cut

Paintsville Grouse Cut - Wetlands

Paintsville Grouse Cut – Wetlands

These two photos are from the hillside by the wetlands on the Morgan County end of Paintsville.  The Habitat Crew is working on dropping about 14 acres here.  An additional 16 acres adjacent to the tree felling section was treated with herbicide to kill the trees back in early fall.  In total there will be about 30 acres of rejuvenated grouse cover at this location.


Woodcock Cut - Fishtrap

Woodcock Cut – Fishtrap

Woodcock Cut - Fishtrap

Woodcock Cut – Fishtrap

Woodcock Cut - Fishtrap

Woodcock Cut – Fishtrap

Earlier this week, the Habitat Crew dropped about an acre-sized woodlot of trees in a bottom along the Levisa Fork River at Fishtrap Lake WMA.  This is just the beginning of some woodcock habitat improvement along the river there.  We will plant shrubs at this site to maintain the longterm cover type that woodcock need.

2nd Annual Herman Wells Quail Shoot

The KGHA proudly presents the 2nd Annual Herman Wells Quail Shoot

Two Quails

Saturday, March 21st at 9:00 am
West Liberty, Kentucky (Located off of 460 by the old county maintenance garage)

  • Free to kids 16-under
  • License-free event
  • Guns/Shells provided if needed
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

For directions, please call Larry Lewis, Youth Coordinator 606-362-5223


Public Meetings: Forest Management for Grouse and other Wildlife

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A series of public meetings to discuss forest management to benefit grouse and other woodland species in eastern Kentucky will begin next week.

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct meetings in Morehead, Paintsville and Corbin.

Grouse populations in eastern Kentucky have been on the decline for several years. Management planning seeks to boost the population of forest species such as grouse.

Presenters will discuss the current status of woodlands wildlife, existing forest conditions, the department’s future vision for management and an ongoing partnership with Wisconsin on habitat work. Department officials will seek feedback from the audience after their presentations.

Meetings are set for the following dates, times and locations:

  • Morehead: Thursday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Morehead Conference Center, 111 East 1st Street.
  • Paintsville: Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Paintsville Recreation Center, 232 Preston Street (Held in conjunction with the Kentucky Grouse Hunters Association annual banquet).
  • Corbin: Monday, March 2, 7 p.m. Tri-county Quail Club, 369 Wilton Cemetery Road