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August 28, 2014;

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Hosts Elk and Hunting Show Aug. 22-24;


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will host the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Eastern Kentucky Elk and Hunting Show, Aug. 22-24.

Nelson Short shows off the Ruger rifle he used to kill a female elk during a special hunt. "They're dangerous.Nelson Short shows off the Ruger rifle he used to kill a female elk during a special hunt. "They're dangerous.The event at the park’s convention center will feature seminars, demonstrations and vendor booths with hunting and fishing guides, taxidermists, outdoor sports and more.

Admission is $5 each day. Hours will be noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Concessions will be available and will include elk and buffalo chili. 

The weekend will include a concert Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Tickets are $20 each.


For lodge reservations or for vendors seeking display space, contact Ginger Steele at 1-800-325-0142. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers something for everyone. Located on the 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, the park has a lodge and conference center as well as fishing, boating swimming and more. The park also has cottages, a campground and a restaurant. For more information, visit or call 1-800-325-0142.

August 28, 2014;

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Another good fall squirrel season expected...


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Generations of hunters have honed basic hunting skills and techniques and provided tasty table fare by stalking the forest for squirrels.

For a young Chris Garland, squirrel hunting provided a gateway into the woods and remains a family tradition.

Squirrel hunter Roy Fox shows off a nice specimen.Squirrel hunter Roy Fox shows off a nice specimen.“I still enjoy it,” said Garland, now an assistant director in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ wildlife division. “Opening weekend comes and I almost feel obligated to go. I’ll go a little bit in the early season and I like to go after deer gun season. That’s another fun time to hunt because there is a little less pressure on other species and fewer people in the woods, especially on public lands.

”Kentucky’s fall squirrel season opens Aug. 16 and continues through Nov. 7. It resumes Nov. 10 following a pause for the opening weekend of modern gun deer season and ends Feb. 28.

The outlook is encouraging.

“I think we’ll have another good season,” said Ben Robinson, small game biologist with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We’ve been trending up for a little while. The squirrel population is in really good shape right now.”

Hunters help Kentucky Fish and Wildlife monitor the squirrel population by volunteering for the annual Squirrel Hunter Cooperator Survey.

Last year, data provided by 81 hunter cooperators showed they saw an average of two squirrels per hour and hunted for an average of three hours. Dogs were used on 5.6 percent of squirrel hunts.

Biologists expect more of the same this season.

The fall mast crop plays a considerable role in squirrel populations. Following a good mast year, squirrels typically enter spring and summer in better physical condition and female squirrels tend to produce healthier litters.

“Fortunately we had a pretty good mast year last year,” Robinson said.

As children, many of us were taught to stop, look and listen before crossing a roadway or railroad tracks.

The concept also applies to squirrel hunting during the early fall season when trees are still full of leaves and the dense foliage can conceal squirrels from a hunter’s sight. That’s why a lot of people prefer to use a shotgun in the early season.

Look for stands of hickory, oak and beech trees. Freshly cut nuts falling from above or shavings piled around the base of a tree are tell-tale signs of a good place to set up. Soft mast like dogwood berries and black gum fruit also is an important food source for squirrels in the early fall. As the season wears on, there’s a variety of hard mast available, particularly acorns.

“Even if it’s kind of dry, usually there’s enough dew on the ground in the morning that you can sneak around without making a whole lot of noise,” Garland said. “You can hear them cutting and barking or just see the movement in the tree limbs. If it’s a really foggy morning or it’s rained recently, when they jump from limb to limb, you can hear the water hitting the forest floor.”

Setting up in the early morning or at dusk are good bets. Squirrels are most active during those periods.

“Be patient. Wait for noise. See the treetops moving. See the leaves bouncing around,” Robinson said.

Novices may find squirrel hunting to their liking because it doesn’t require an abundance of equipment or gear to get started.

A 20-gauge or smaller shotgun is preferred by many for early squirrel season while a .22-caliber rifle is a late season staple once the leaves have fallen. Some comfortable camouflage clothing, a grippy pair of boots along with bug spray, and you’re all but set for an early season outing.

“It’s nice time to get out and a good way to introduce kids to firearms because you don’t need a high-powered rifle,” Robinson said. “You can take a .22 or a .410 out and get kids oriented to firearms and hunter safety. And if you’re using dogs, you’re up walking and moving. You’re not going to be bored. There’s a lot to look at and a lot to do.”

Hunters are allowed six squirrels per day, with a possession limit of 12 squirrels. Consult the 2014-2015 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide for additional information about squirrel hunting.

Fall Squirrel Hunter Cooperator Survey logs are available by calling Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 or online at Click on the “Hunt” tab, select “Game Species” from the dropdown menu and click “Squirrel.” Each year, hunting log cooperators receive an annual report and a small gift for their participation.

August 25, 2014;

Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner and the golf course is in GREAT shape for play!



We are very happy with how the fairways are coming along.  As of today, we are not only hitting out of the fairways but also now you may ride the rough on the cart path side.  Golf carts are still not permitted in the fairways and you may not drive over to the other side of the rough BUT you may tee off,  drive down the cart path, venture off onto the rough and then return back to the path before reaching the approaches.  Cart Rules are being stickly enforced!

Golf Rates:  Effective this Saturday, August 30th.  All golf rates will return back to normal with the exception that we will be offering a $10.00 discount on the morning and afternoon rates.  As always we will continue to evaluate the golf course and the golf rates.


Weekdays:                           Regular Rate             $10.00 discount

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.              $39.75                                   $29.75

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.              $29.75                                   $19.75

4 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.         $19.75                                 no discount

Weekends/Holidays:          Regular Rate              $10.00 discount

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.               $44.75                        $34.75

1 p.m to 4 p.m.                $34.75                        $24.75

4 p.m. to 5:20 pm.           $21.75                        no discount



Hometown Appreciation Day!! Every Wednesday, $25.00 per player, includes golf and cart.  If you live or work in either Lawrence County or Wayne County we want to say THANK YOU! for your support of Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville Lake State Park.  Come out on a Wednesday and enjoy a discounted round of golf.  **You must show proof of living in or working in Lawrence County or Wayne County!!!

SENIOR DAY! Every Thursday, $25.00 per player, includes golf and cart.  Age 62 +

The $25.00 Golf Card is available.  Purchase a discount card for $25.00 and receive reduced rates on four rounds of golf/cart and your fifth round is FREE.  This is over a $50.00 savings!!  NEW this year is that there isn't an expiration date of these cards as in the past years!!  This card is only valid at Eagle Ridge Golf Course.

GOLFNOW! All state park golf courses are now live with GolfNow.  Log on and book your tee time online for a discounted rate.  Please bring your confirmation number to verify your tee time.

SALE!!! For every $50.00 you spend in the Golf Pro Shop on merchandise you will receive a gift certificate for a FREE round of golf!!  This is for a limited time so if you need some gifts or stock up on golf items NOW is the time!!


September Pro Shop Hours:

Sunday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Last tee time is 5:20 p.m.

Golf Carts must be returned to the parking lot by 7:30 p.m.

(Effective September 1)

Thank you and See you at the course!!


Missy Kennedy, PGA Head Golf Professional

Eagle Ridge Golf Course

Yatesville Lake State Park

(606) 673-4300 phone

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