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Welcome to the Front Porch. Here you will find talk about what is going on with WKO and any success we've had. We use only recent photos and references from our hunts. This gives our clients an up-to-date, honest report. Check back daily, because like the seasons it will change.


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Update: 10.29.14 - After 3 days of 80 degree temperatures Fall returned and we are back dipping into the 30's at night. We have some rain in the forecast as well before heading into the weekend hunts and more normal temps for the first of November. Rut action is heating up with buck activity. For those that had to cancel we hate you are going to miss out on the action. We can't kill bucks without hunters here but at the same time it means we'll have more bucks around as we get later into the season and more will make it into the next age class for 2015.

Unfortunately we wrapped up a fall turkey hunt with a miss the first afternoon not 30 minutes into the hunt. The one thing that no one wants to happen on a out of state hunt is a miss. We always feel for the hunter, but it's also as much of a let down for the guide when it happens. Things went down hill from there. Heat and farming operations seemed to change up bird patterns and a wide variety of food availability simply didn't have birds concentrated.

Up next is some pre-rut archery hunting followed by the rifle opener on November 8th.

For a look at what to expect during your hunt ---> HOW OUR HUNTS TAKE PLACE.

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10.24.14 - After a few Fall like days we're back to 70's and looking at 80 on Monday. Not ideal when things are beginning to really turn on in the deer woods. Scrapes are becoming active by the day. We're seeing some of the smaller bucks begin to harrass does on a regular basis and more and more bucks are beginning to push around on one another with a little authority. All of which is the making of Great pre-rut action. We're starting to see some new bucks show up and at the same time we've seen a couple of old faces appear that always seem to turn up in late October. Things are looking good for the upcoming archery hunts. We have a couple openings for that first weekend of November if someone wants to jump on board.

We've updated the trailcam section with some up to date images that you can view here. Since we are into our busy time we have a number of cams on active scapes and will be creating a new page and posting mostly scrape images over the coming weeks versus adding pages and pages to the Trail Cam section. We'll create that page and provide a link to it from here in the Front Porch. Look for it next week.

The Fall shotgun segment opens for Fall turkey tomorrow and we'll be chasing some birds around and hope a hunter puts a bird or two down for Thanksgiving dinner. The spring hatch has looked good all summer in our neck of the woods with good poult numbers per hen.

10.22.14 - Temps dropped into the 30's for the first time since the 4th and we are tap for another night into the 30's and possible frost. Definitely a sign of things to come with archery hunts just around the corner and our rifle season opening in 17 short days. Bigger buck movement is still mostly nocturnal, but we're beginning to see some better bucks on their feet earlier in the evenings and if the scrape action is any indication things are starting to ramp up.

For those of you already hitting us up about 2015. We are evaluating the calendar now along with moon phases and will have a calendar worked out by first of next week and our 2015 hunt dates posted up. We've already booked a number of 2015 hunts to start with and many who have hunted and already left this fall are back on the books for 2015.

A couple hunts I want to mention. We have an opening for archery beginning on first weekend of November. We also have some openings during the December Muzzleloader for anyone interested. If we don't see those dates book by Thanksgiving we will be converting them into waterfowl dates. We will not make any exceptions once we've done that.

10.20.14 - The 2 day Muzzleloader hunt wrapped up with one 8pt hitting the ground and several smaller 1.5-2.5 year olds walking. All does were given a free pass since no one hunting had any interest in shooting does. The wind got up on Saturday pushing 20mph and most all movement in the afternoon was late. On Sunday activity spanned into mid morning with activity falling off by around 10. Afternoon activity was mostly late with some doe movment around 4:30. A lot of deer was seen piling into cut corn fields at dusk and right after dark. There was a hint of chasing/harrassing does by a young buck or two around a couple of stands which isn't out of the ordinary for this time of year. We are probably 5-7 days away from bucks beginning to really start scraping a lot and cruising. Day time activity will begin to increase more and more once the calendar rolls over another 7-10 days. We see it every year on the cams. By about the 23-24th, bucks begin cruising. New bucks start showing up, scrapes get visited daily and by the end of October heading into November the chasing begins.

Up next is fall shotgun for turkey and some pre-rut archery hunting. Give us a call or drop us a line for what could be some good action.

Kentucky Archery Hunts

October 24-25-26-27 Archery (2 openings)

October 31st - November 4th (1 opening)

3 Days: $750

4 Days: $1000


10.16.14 - A couple of you have brought this to my attention over the last week or so. We did have the license fees wrong for the Non-Resident deer permit. The increase imposed this year will bring your total cost of Non-resident hunting license and deer permit to $260. You will pay $140 for a license and $120 for a Non-resident deer permit. Non-resident fall turkey permits are $75. Also to further clarify some questions we've had, your deer permit is good for 1 buck and 1 doe. Or 2 does. Kentucky is a 1 buck state. You cannot kill more than 1 buck on your state deer permit.

Anyone looking for a Archery hunt we think the dates below are going to provide some pretty good hunting based on some of the sign and buck activity we are beginning to see. With the full moon being bright in early November (8th) we think its going to push some of the rut activity a bit earlier than normal.

For a look at what to expect during your hunt ---> HOW OUR HUNTS TAKE PLACE.

What to ask an Outfitter


Kentucky Muzzleloader

December 13-21st (4 openings)

2Days: $500

3Days: $600, 4Days $750





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