FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources invites folks of all ages to participate in a celebration of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on Saturday, Sept. 14. Activities and demonstrations will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern time). Admission into the center is free during this event.
Activities will include 3-D archery, archery trap shooting, air rifles, laser shot , fishing and casting. Poles and bait will be provided to participants. Presentations on falconry and high school bass fishing will also be featured, as well as a fish fillet tutorial and K-9 demonstration.
The upper lake on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus will receive a special stocking of 1,000 channel catfish weighing up to 3 pounds for this event. The upper lake, which is located near the Salato Center entrance, will close to all fishing from noon Friday, Sept. 13 until 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. The lower lake will remain open during daylight hours. Fishing licenses are required for anglers 16 and older at both lakes.
Groups including the Kentucky Hunter Education Association, Kentucky Outdoor Sportsmen Alliance and the Student Angler Federation will be present for this event. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a free wildlife print that will be given away at 4 p.m. For a detailed list of activities and times, contact the center at (502) 564-7863.
The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1 1/2 miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
Except for select events, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources News Hidden Valley Training Site closed to hunting for various training dates: Hidden Valley Training Site, a 523-acre public hunting area in northeast Powell County, will be closed to public access for several dates in September and October. These include: Sept. 8, Sept. 11-15, Sept. 17-22, Oct. 9-13 and Oct. 16-20.
The area, which is owned by the Kentucky National Guard, is being used for training during those dates.
An agreement between the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources opens the area for public hunting when it is not being used for training purposes.
The area opens Sept. 7 under statewide regulations for archery and crossbow deer hunting. Hidden Valley Training Site also opens for small game hunting under statewide seasons beginning Sept. 1. The area closes to the public at the end of archery deer season, which is Jan. 20, 2014.
Hidden Valley Training Center is closed to all firearms hunting for deer and is closed to wild turkey hunting during all seasons. Camping, horseback riding and ATVs are prohibited.
The Hidden Valley Training Site is located west of Stanton off KY 15. For more information, visit the department’s website at: fw.ky.gov. Click on Maps and Online Services, then Public Hunting Areas to get directions to the area and view a map.