Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Give the gift of the outdoors this holiday season
FRANKFORT, Ky. –
Catalogs, emails and
commercials touting must-have gifts this holiday season fill our mailboxes,
flood our inboxes and splash across our television screens as the biggest
shopping weekend of the year approaches.
Amid the avalanche of gift
ideas, there are some guaranteed to please the outdoors enthusiast on your list.
Consider a gift certificate
from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Available online at
fw.ky.gov, it functions much like a
gift card. Recipients have five years from the date of purchase to redeem it online
for licenses and permits, Kentucky Afield magazine subscriptions, Otter Creek
Outdoor Recreation Area passes or summer camp registration fees.
For the avid hunter-angler,
the Sportsman’s license offers a considerable savings compared to purchasing
licenses and permits separately. It bundles a combination hunting and fishing
license, statewide deer permit, spring and fall turkey permits, state migratory
game bird-waterfowl permit and a trout permit at a cost of $95. A Junior
Sportsman’s license for Kentucky residents ages 12-15 includes a youth hunting
license, two junior deer permits and two junior turkey permits for $30. The new
license year starts March 1, 2015.
While visiting Kentucky Fish
and Wildlife’s online home, check out the Kentucky Afield store. There, you can
find some of the same apparel worn on the television show hosted by Tim Farmer,
and find information if you’re interested in purchasing past episodes. The deer
processing DVD is good for new and experienced deer hunters alike.
Kentucky Afield magazine
publishes four times a year and new subscribers can sign up online or by mail.
The cover of every issue
features original artwork by Rick Hill. Inside, readers will find the pages packed
with feature stories highlighting some of the best hunting and fishing
opportunities in the state, tips for a better day afield and the latest news
from the Kentucky outdoors.
The popular Kentucky Afield
Outdoor Calendar is included in the price of a magazine subscription. At 32 pages, the calendar
features breathtaking images of Kentucky as well as useful information about
proposed hunting dates, stocking information for Fishing in Neighborhoods
(FINs) lakes, hunting and fishing tips and more. Since the 2015 calendar has already
been printed, those who subscribe now will receive the 2016 calendar in
2015 calendars will begin mailing to current subscribers within a week.
Individual copies of the 2015 calendar will be sold online for $7.50 and remain on sale
while supplies last.
A visit to the Salato
Wildlife Education Center can spark a child’s love of the outdoors, as can a
week at one of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s conservation camps.
on the campus of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Frankfort, Salato
Wildlife Education Center affords visitors the opportunity to view some of the
animal species that call Kentucky home and learn about their native habitats.
center closes for the season on Nov. 27 and will reopen March 3, 2015. Annual
memberships ranging from $20-$50 are available by calling Kentucky Fish and
Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549.
camps are open to
Kentucky students in grades 4-6 and a Junior Sportsman’s license is included
with the $230 registration fee.
Help foster the development
of future sportsmen and sportswomen in Kentucky by sponsoring a camper through
the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Letters written by children wishing
to attend Camp John Currie, Camp Earl Wallace or Camp Robert C. Webb are posted
on the foundation’s website at kentuckywildlife.com. Different sponsorship amounts are accepted.
The foundation also sells
75-quart Orca coolers for $469.99 as a fundraiser for camp scholarships. It
generates enough through each cooler sale to send a child to camp.
As these ideas illustrate,
picking out the right gift at holiday time doesn’t necessarily require fighting
the crowds or spending hours running from store to store. It’s all about
knowing where to look.