After over a year of hard work by a dedicated core group of volunteers, we have darkened the map for Kentucky by becoming an official chapter! Not a group to rest on our laurels, we are hitting the ground and engaging across the state.
The Kentucky chapter collaborated with a local chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society to provide both volunteers and participants in a mentor hunt, starting with a daylong introduction to grouse hunting that covered everything from grouse biology and habitat, hunting strategies and safety to hunting with bird dogs. All ages attended the event, and it was encouraging to see so many youth interested in a quarry that, in these parts, is truly an upland species.
In April, chapter leadership represented BHA at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ annual R3 (Recruit, Retain, Reactivate) Summit. Kentucky is one of only a few states that has created a statewide strategic plan, and the Kentucky chapter is serving on the committee focused on implementing the access portion of the plan. Increasing awareness and utilization of public lands by creating a species-based guide to hunting public lands, similar to the annual fishing forecast already produced by the department was discussed. The hope is that this will allow the R3 hunter to better identify public lands that will enable them to be successful in their hunt.