2017 KGHA Banquet

The 2017 KGHA Banquet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 2017 at the Paintsville Recreation Center

  • Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. with the business session following dinner.
  • Zak Danks (grouse biologist) will be updating us on work that has been done and work to be done.
  • Dr. Paul Sheets will give an update on property that’s open to hunting that the KHLTF has bought.
Dues may be sent to:
Ronnie Wells
1028 Left Fork, Daniels Ck.,
Van Lear, Ky. 41265
or paid at the banquet. We hope to see everyone at the banquet.

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.

Junior – In Memoriam

This has been tough for us.  On January 29, 2016, the best hunting dog the Rogers family has ever had the honor to hunt and live with left us.  Junior was 11 and a half years old, and had tons of hours and miles in the woods under his belt.  He was an expert on grouse, woodcock, pheasant, quail, whatever you wanted.  He was a bird-finding machine and had an insatiable desire to please.  If you were in a bird-slump, all you needed to do was get Junior out of the box and lace your boots up, because things were about to get fun.

Junior carried well the Jim tradition, and has passed it on to several excellent young block-headed setters still running the woods.  Some of you guys may have had the opportunity to hunt with Junior and you know how special a dog he was.  To the others who never got that chance, go find one of his young’uns and fill your vest with shells cause you’ll have fun.

It is with heavy heart that I have to say goodbye, Junior.  You were the best I’ve ever seen.  Hunt ’em up!