This years deer season is winding down, with less than a week left in the regular gun season, which will end next Sunday, January 3rd. There will be a private lands hunt during the weekdays after the gun season ends, and the weekend of January 9-10th will be a youth hunt open to kids 6-15 yrs old. So far this season Humphreys Co. has seen 2,182 deer harvested, with a statewide total of 140,977.

Kentucky lake levels have risen this past week due to added rainfall in the Tn river valley, and have stabilized at the 356 ft mark. TVA is predicting the lake levels to stay at this level this week as well as keeping flow rates quite strong, with and average of 100,000 cfs passing through our area this week. Water temps remain in the mid to upper 40’s.

Fishing has been tough this week, not due in part to the unwillingness of the fish but more so due to the weather. Extreme cold weather and strong winds have hampered most from venturing out on the water, and the weatherman hasn’t offered any reprieve this upcoming week.

TWRA news has not seen much as well, the only news is a couple of new wildlife officers will be assigned to Houstin and Perry Co’s. Miranda Garner will be the new Houstin Co. officer, and Gavin Poore is headed to Perry Co. Many may not know, TWRA in the past had sent all new officers to the state police academy in Donelson, but last year, the agency began training all new officers at the new Buffalo Ridge facility here in our county. This is at the south end of Humphreys Co. between Hwy 13 and along the Buffalo river just off Cuba landing Rd.

Waterfowl season continues until the end of January and over the last few days, we’ve seen an slight increase in waterfowl numbers as well as a few good hunts happening in our area. Although this is an increase, it’s still not great, as most waterfowl still remain north of the state, and without snow and freezing weather up north, waterfowl need not travel further south to find open water or food.