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Eagle Ridge news: November 14, 2014

 

MissyGood Morning!

Winter is upon us and I just wanted to remind golfers to please call ahead to check golf course conditions. With the colder tempts, frost and even chance of snow these days we aren't really sure what to expect up here on the ridge some days! lol  The golf course and pro shop is open all year around, WEATHER PERMITTING! Pro Shop hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., everyday.

2015 Kentucky State Park Trail Cards!  They are now available.  The prices have not changed from last year.  More information can be found at www.parks.ky.gov. For those 2014 pass holders who will be returning and purchasing a pass for 2015 your price will be prorated due to the interruption of the golf course construction of 2014.  Please contact Missy or Tellia in the shop for details.

Looking for a golf gift for Christmas?  We still have plenty of great items in the shop!  Kentucky State Park Gift Cards are awesome and can be used at any park for anything from food, lodging, golf, or merchandise. We also offer a $25.00 golf card which includes 4 discounted rounds of golf and the 5th is FREE!  These do no expire and make a great stocking stuffer.  A golf lesson with the Pro is also a great Christmas gift too! See Missy for details!

As a reminder the golf course and pro shop will be CLOSED on November 27th, Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy your black Friday on the course if the weather permits!!!! we will be open on the 28th!

See you at the course! and stay warm!

Missy Kennedy, PGA Head Golf Professional

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Date: 11-11-2014;

Hunter accidentally shoots self in the legs

The Gleaner

A deer hunter was injured Saturday after accidentally shooting himself in both legs.

The Kentucky State Police said James D. Goins, 24, of Sacramento, was transported to Methodist Hospital. Officials said he was treated and released.

The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. off Kentucky 811 in the Reed community.

The state police said Goins and his wife, Hannah Goins, 25, were sitting in a deer stand when James Goins dropped the 12-gauge shotgun with which they were hunting.

The gun discharged, striking Goins in both of the lower legs, authorities said.

Goins and Hannah Goins, who was not injured, were able to walk to the roadway to get help.

KSP Lt. Lonnie Bell, Sgt. Russell Roberts and Trooper Jared Beauchamp responded to the scene. They were assisted by the Henderson Ambulance Service, the Reed Volunteer Fire Department and the Zion Volunteer Fire Department.

Date: 11-05-2014:

Muskellunge return to Dewey lake...


Muskellunge have returned to Dewey Lake in Floyd County.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has stocked 500 muskies measuring 13 inches apiece in the lake. While the lake is not slated to receive annual stockings of this species, department personnel will add muskellunge when excess fish are available from state hatcheries.

Dewey Lake was once home to the state record tiger muskie, a hybrid cross between muskellunge and the northern pike. The fish that went into the lake this week are pure muskies. The lake is within the native range of muskies in the state.

Currently, Dewey Lake is covered by statewide regulations for muskies: an angler may keep only one fish over 30 inches. Fisheries biologists will consider recommending a minimum size limit of 36 inches, the same as Buckhorn, Cave Run and Green River lakes.

Biologists anticipate good growth rates for muskellunge, as the lake has a good amount of forage fish to feed upon. Fish stocked should reach 30 inches by 2017, and 36 inches around 2019.

Staff Report
Mountain Eagle

 

Date: 11-07-2014;

New hunting rules after illness found in captive Ohio buck;

By Wendy Mitchell
Ledger Independent

 

Modern gun deer hunting season is about to begin, with new hunter guidelines focused on precaution after an April discovery in Holmes County, Ohio, of a transmittable disease in a captive deer.

“This season, hunters coming to Kentucky from Ohio, will not be able to transport whole carcasses of deer into Kentucky because a case of chronic wasting disease was identified in Ohio,” said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFW) Officer James Beckett. “Brain matter and spinal materials from cervids are not allowed into the state from Ohio because of it.”

Deer, elk and moose are considered cervids.

According to KDFW, “... there are laws in place restricting the importation of both live and harvested cervids (including, but not limited to deer, elk, reindeer, and moose). Importation into Kentucky of live cervids is prohibited by statute, except in specific circumstances (KRS 150.725, 150.730, 150.735, and 150.740), and is a Class D felony.”

Transportation of whole deer into or even through Kentucky is also prohibited from Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, and West Virginia, where CWD has also been identified, officials said.

Since April a single buck which tested positive for CWD has been quarantined on a private hunting preserve in Millersburg, Ohio.

According to officials the deer had come from a private herd in Pennsylvania, which was also discovered to have CWD.

A cervid can have the disease for months or years before symptoms appear and there is currently no practical live-animal test for chronic wasting disease, officials said.

According to officials, Ohio quarantined 43 captive deer operations in Ohio since April 15 for receiving approximately 125 deer from private preserves in Pennsylvania that later tested positive for CWD, but has since lifted more than 50 of the quarantines and continues to monitor the others until ODNR is satisfied that the threat of disease transference has passed.

ODNR officials reiterated, there is no evidence CWD affected the wild deer population in Ohio.

There have also been no reported cases of CWD in Kentucky in either wild or preserve area deer, Beckett said.

Chronic Wasting Disease was first discovered in captive mule deer in Colorado in 1967.

Since 2002, more than 22,000 deer harvested in Kentucky have been tested for CWD with none testing positive for the disease, officials said.

Though major concentrations of CWD have been identified in western states, only a few, usually in captive herds, cases of CWD have been found.

According to KDFW website information, CWD belongs to a group of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, which includes scrapie in sheep and goats, bovine spongiform encephalopathy ("mad cow” disease) in cattle, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

It is suspected that the agent responsible for causing TSEs is an abnormal protein called a prion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the disease which produces brain lesions and is fatal in deer, elk and moose, cannot be transmitted to humans, still hunters should use precaution when field dressing their kill.

In addition, hunters should not harvest any animal which appears sick or is acting strange and should contact the local fish and wildlife department with location information, officials said.

For information on specific hunting regulations in Ohio go to www.wildohio.com or Kentucky go to www.fw.ky.gov

Date: 10-27-2014

State parks offer discounts to current military, retirees, veterans

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of the armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1 to March 31, 2015.

The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in.

“This special lodging offer is one way we can show our appreciation to the men and women who serve or who have served in uniform for our country,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said in a news release. “Our Kentucky State Parks offer many great outdoor opportunities for military families.”

There are 17 Kentucky state parks with resorts that offer golf, fishing, hiking, and full-service restaurants. Many resorts are near or include historic sites and museums and offer programs during the fall and winter, such as elk tours, eagle watching tours and entertainment.

This offer may not be used in conjunction with other special discounts or packages. The discount is based on availability, for leisure travel only, and may exclude special events and holidays.

For more information about Kentucky State Parks and to make reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov .

During the months of April through October, current and former members of the military can get a 10 percent lodging or camping discount.