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Spring Turkey Hunt
150 Acres at Echo Hill Farm in Wallingford, KY
Starting Price$100 / Guest
Whitetail Hunt
150 Acres at Echo Hill Farm in Wallingford, KY
Starting Price$125 / Guest
Small Game Hunt
278 Acres at Wright Farms in Adairville, KY
Starting Price$75 / Guest
Muzzleloader Whitetail Hunt
202 Acres at The 229 in Marion, KY
Price$2,000 / Guest
Velvet Season Whitetail Hunt
202 Acres at The 229 in Marion, KY
Price$2,500 / Guest
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History of outdoors and exploration in Kentucky

Kentucky's rich history of outdoor recreation and exploration dates back to the 1700s, when pioneers first traversed the wilderness of the Bluegrass State. The state's landscape, ranging from the rugged Appalachian Mountains to the fertile plains of the west, has always been a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Early settlers relied on hunting and fishing for survival, with Kentucky's rivers teeming with fish and its forests abundant with game. Over time, these activities evolved into recreational pursuits. The establishment of Mammoth Cave National Park in 1941 marked a significant milestone in Kentucky's outdoor recreation history. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts the world's longest cave system, attracting spelunkers and explorers from around the globe. The creation of Daniel Boone National Forest in 1937 further cemented Kentucky as a destination for outdoor adventure. Named after the legendary frontiersman who blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap, this expansive forest offers countless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. Today, Kentucky continues to draw adventurers with its unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance. Whether it's casting a line into Lake Cumberland - known as the "Houseboat Capital of the World" - or hiking through Red River Gorge's sandstone arches and cliffs, Kentucky offers an unmatched outdoor experience steeped in history. Kentucky is a large agricultural state with $6.8B of ag production, and roughly 88.2% of the land privately owned by farmers and ranchers. The major crops are corn, soybeans, cow/calf production, and broilers (chickens). When planning hunting trips to Kentucky on private lands like farms & ranches, it's important to understand some key dates for farmers and ranchers. Ranchers in this region usually do their calving, brandings and vaccinations anywhere from February through June and will ship cattle in late fall. Broilers are raised during cooler months, with multiple flocks per year. During these times, they are extremely busy and may be harder to communicate with. Farmers in Kentucky will usually begin planting their crops in late April through June and then will harvest their crops in September through November, depending on weather.
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Popular outdoor activities in Kentucky

Known for its sprawling landscapes, Kentucky is home to the Mammoth Cave National Park, which boasts the world's longest known cave system. Here, spelunkers can explore over 400 miles of surveyed passageways. For those who prefer water-based activities, Kentucky's numerous rivers and lakes provide ample opportunities for fishing and boating. The Cumberland River is particularly renowned for its trout fishing, while Lake Cumberland is a popular spot for bass fishing. Kentucky also offers excellent hunting opportunities with abundant populations of deer, turkey, and small game across its wildlife management areas and public hunting lands. For hikers and backpackers, the Red River Gorge Geological Area offers stunning sandstone cliffs and over 100 natural arches to explore. Rock climbing enthusiasts will find world-class routes here as well. Horseback riding is a must-do activity in Kentucky; after all, it's the Horse Capital of the World! Whether you're an experienced outdoorsman or a beginner looking for your next adventure, Kentucky's diverse landscapes offer something for everyone.
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Popular counties for outdoor activities in Kentucky

One of the most popular counties for outdoor activities is Pike County. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Pike County offers a range of activities including hiking, camping, and fishing. The county is home to Breaks Interstate Park, often referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the South," offering breathtaking views and challenging hiking trails. Another notable county is Laurel County, famous for its extensive network of waterways perfect for kayaking and canoeing adventures. Laurel River Lake is a hot spot for fishing enthusiasts with an abundance of bass, crappie, and catfish. For hunters, Christian County provides ample opportunities with its rich wildlife population including deer and turkey. It's also home to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park which offers archery ranges and hunting grounds. These counties in Kentucky offer diverse landscapes and wildlife that cater to various outdoor pursuits - from tranquil fishing spots to adrenaline-pumping hiking trails - making them prime destinations for your next adventure.
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