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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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TODAY's News from the Porch:

Update: 7.25.17 - We've seen some rain, some of the hottest days of the year with a few days of cooler air here and there, but for the most parts it has been blazing hot. Deer activity of the evenings has been slow. Most activity has been right at dark. There hasn't been many bucks venturing out into the beans before 8pm on the days where temps hit 98 and the heat index climbed well into the triple digits. In general cam activity took a dip as well, which is why we've been a bit slow posting an update to the trail cam section, but we have some new images going up today, tomorrow and Thursday. Then we'll have additional updates next week.

We changed things up a big with our glassing and field watching this week and shifted to the mornings and have seen much better activity with deer moving off the fields of the morning than activity in them before dark. The heat has been pretty unbearable, combined with being fairly dry until recent days, it's been pretty miserable.

This upcoming weekend will mark 5 weeks until the archery opener. It's hard to believe, but August will be gone in a Flash. If not prepared, now is the time to get the bows out and shooting straight!

7.14.17 - It's been a weeee bit on the hot side here on the west end of the state, but some rain last night and a cool front moving through this afternoon has the temps back into the 80's if that is cool for the remainder of the day and weekend. We'll be getting at cams again along with freshening up mineral licks, replenishing up some corn and seeing how the feeder batteries are holding up in the heat. We'll be tackling some spraying in the next couple weeks and start some disking in preparation for some fall plots we'll get seeded as we get into mid to late August. The last month or so has been fairly dry but the crops are holding up at this point. Check back next week for an update to the trail cam pages.

7.7.17 - We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. We've seen some on and off again rain throughout the western part of the state which has been more than welcome to the area farmers. We have been on the dry side the last several weeks and every bit of moisture helps as we get into the dog days of summer here in the Ohio River valley. We've uploaded a few rows of trail cam pics with more on the way.

We've had a Archery opener hunt become available due to a cancellation. If interested that is one you will need to jump on quick. Look for more trail came updates early next week as we make another round of cam checks and review thousands of images.

We have some a couple bowfishing trips coming up. And we continue to glass the bean fields several evenings each week as more and more activity begins to center around the fields by bachelor groups of bucks.

6.30.17 - Tomorrow brings July and the last half of the year. We are not sure where the first half went but we're pretty sure where the second half is headed and that is towards FALL. Velvet bucks, Bugling Bulls, rutting bucks, fall turkey, whistling wings and the list goes on. And we continue to prepare for it all. Recent days have found us in the field running the tractor, disking ground, killing grasses, sampling dirt and and getting ready for fall plotting come August if we're not supper dry.

If you are on the water over the 4th of July and it involves fishing, take a kid. Fishing leaves an impression that has proven to last a life time with kids. BE that GUY!!! As always, safety first.

6.28.17 - An updated list of available hunts can be found below. We had a hunter need to make a change to his early archery hunt, so we now have a opening day/weekend/Archery velvet hunt in September available. The late October hunt can be good with bucks cruising and responding well to calls such as rattling, use of the can and grunt tubes. We also have a couple openings for the second rifle hunt in November and the December muzzleloader hunt.

What to expect during your hunt ---> HOW OUR HUNTS TAKE PLACE.

6.24.17 - We've had a little cool down the last few days with the moisture coming through from the Gulf of Mexico and the deer have responded to it and showing in the fields early and staying in them later. Our fawn crop this spring has looked pretty strong so far. It's always hard to judge at first on the survival rates considering predation of newborns, but usually by the time we get around to July, most of the fawn who are still with mama tend to make it.

We'll have some trail cams to post up later this week as we begin some of our first checks of cameras having been in place and getting back to a few of the farms for the first time this month since they have been up.

We will keep the dates below open a little while longer before we shut them down. For those who have hunted with me in the past, taken trips with me and at some point in time probably asked about our elk here in Kentucky, after 20 years of Kentucky issuing Elk tags, I was selected for an Archery Bull tag. Once we complete our Early Archery season deer hunts, much of my focus will be turned to this tag and in large part is why I have not posted any hunt dates the last 3 weeks of September.

6.20.17 - We hope all the fathers out there had a great Father's Day weekend. Here in West Kentucky we got in a little rain which has been scarce on during June. Corn crops are approaching 4ft in some fields and bean fields are starting to reach 10 inches or so and attracting more and more deeer activity by the day. We continue to make progress on a couple of our leases where we are opening up some areas in to create some edges and create some additional forage during late fall and winter. Pics to come of that in a provided link as work and results progress. Once a few more of these bean fields jump up in growth we'll have all of our cams fully deployed and taking pics where you can expect regular posts in the trail cam section.

6.7.17 - Here we are into the first week of June, buck antlers are branching out, corn fields are approaching 2ft in height and we've had some beans in the ground since just prior to Memorial weekend, with other farmers just getting back into the fields and prepping for planting in the next 2-3 weeks. We've put to bed our last lease renewal required for the year and beginning to focus on some property management and strategies for our fall deer hunts. We've not fully deployed all of our trail cams at this point but we'll have them in full swing by the end of next week with supplemental feed and mineral sites replenished.

We still have a few hunt dates open which can be seen below if there is interest. We'll keep some of the hunt dates open for a few more weeks and if they do not book, we'll repurpose the dates into other hunts such as Waterfowl or Fall Turkey.

What to expect during your hunt ---> HOW OUR HUNTS TAKE PLACE

5.26.17 - We hope everyone remembers families and friends on the upcoming Memorial Day. If you are in the woods or on the water over the long weekend, be Safe! And if you have a chance, we encourage you to introduce a kid to the outdoors. Camping, Fishing, Hunting; it doesn't matter. All three leaves an impression that lasts a life time. Just remeber, Keep it Safe. Keep it Fun!

It's getting to check in on Food Plots, assess some bush hogging needs and begin looking at rolling out the rest of our trail camera arsenal next week, not to mention we'll be able to start back up some supplemental feeding as our feed ban is lifted come June 1st. We'll also be taking to the water for some fishing, and always exciting Bowfishing! Check back for updates as we start running cams and taking inventory on how our bucks are shaping up for this Fall.

What to expect during your hunt ---> HOW OUR HUNTS TAKE PLACE.

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