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KY Afield Outdoors: Explore WMAs over the holidays
By Lee McClellan
Frankfort, KY - The Christmas holiday provides most of us some much-needed days off and time with family and friends, but sometimes, it is nice to escape from all of the food and festivities and stretch your legs. For those who need to relax and get away for a bit, Kentucky's wildlife management areas (WMAs) offer a place to go wander.
"We have 89 public wildlife management areas, covering 525,000 acres of Kentucky," said Keith Wethington, geographic information systems program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
With the leaves off the trees, this is a favorite time of year for hunters to explore areas for the following season. However, Wildlife Management Areas also offer overlooked opportunities for nature viewing, hiking and fishing. Visitors should be aware of Kentucky's free deer season for youth Dec. 28-29, and plan accordingly.
Some recommended areas to explore this winter include:
Visitors can also download the "Explorer by ArcGIS" app to their phone before visiting any WMA.
"The mobile app is great for directions and knowing where you are located on the WMA," Wethington said. "In terms of property boundaries, signs on the ground are the law and they may conflict with the mobile app. If in doubt about whether a particular spot is public or if a boundary line is accurate, inquire first with the local WMA office."
Instructions on how to download the mobile app are available via the "maps" tab on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website. Use the website to check hunting regulations and seasons at each WMA.
Unique landscapes like these await a visit over the holidays. Check the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov and go exploring.
Author Lee McClellan is a nationally award-winning associate editor for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He is a life-long hunter and angler, with a passion for smallmouth bass fishing.
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