High Adventure at Low Cost
Daniel Boone National Forest
Deer hunters with plenty of energy might consider a backpack hunt in the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. This forest spreads over 695,000 acres in 20 counties. Most areas are open to public hunting. John Gassett, deer/elk biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, states, “Deer density in the Daniel Boone Forest is not as high as in some other parts of the state, but the quality of these animals is very good. Last year hunters took several trophy bucks from the forest, including one that scored 214 B&C; [BRACKET “non-typical”] from Morgan County.” Gassett has good advice on how to go after these big boys: study maps to find areas isolated from roads, then hike in and hunt from a temporary camp away from other hunters. A Kentucky resident hunting license and deer tag costs $33.50. A nonresident hunting license and deer tag cost $116. The rifle season occurs in early November, when bucks are rutting. Contact: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (502-564-4336; www.kdfwr.state.ky.us); Daniel Boone National Forest (859-745-3100; www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/ boone).