Kentucky opens new wildlife area

A new wildlife management is opening in western Kentucky. Slated to open April 1, the Harris-Dickerson Wildlife Management Area in Hopkins County will provide opportunities for hunting, fishing and watching wildlife. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said two adjoining parcels of land acquired through separate donations make up the area east of Madisonville. The site has over 1,800 acres, mostly comprising wetlands and open water, with flat bottomland hardwood forests to the north and a reclaimed strip mine and lakes to the south. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer (Ocoileus virginanus), wild turkey (Meleagris gallpavo) and furbearers. The agency is planning a number of habitat improvement projects to benefit grasslands, forests and wetlands on the site.

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Header Image: The newly-opened Harris-Dickerson Wildlife Management Area consists of wetlands and bottomland hardwood forests. Credit: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources