Hunters and fishers in western Kentucky will soon have access to several thousands additional acres after the state purchased land in the region.
A news release says the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky has sold 4,241 acres of property along the Tradewater and Ohio rivers in Crittenden County to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
Coupled with 2,488 acres acquired across the Tradewater River in Union County in 2011, the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest will now encompass more than 6,700 acres along the only free-flowing tributary to the Ohio River in Kentucky.
The $12.6 million purchase was made without tapping into the license and permit fees paid by hunters and anglers, noted Deputy Commissioner Benjy Kinman of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The area is public property acquired to conserve and enhance this unique property and provide outdoor recreation for activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing and other wildlife-related activities. The new section will open for small game, turkey and deer archery hunting in early November under the same regulations as the Union County portion. The entire property will be open for modern gun deer hunting only through an existing quota hunt on Nov. 9-10.
Initial road access may be limited until it can be developed further.