Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in northeastern Kentucky is offering special lodging and hunting packages for deer and turkey hunters.

Packages include meals and lodging at the park’s Jesse Stuart Lodge in Greenup County. Available hunts include archery-only deer hunts, or turkey hunts in the fall or spring seasons. These are not quota hunts, but are bonus hunts open to those who purchase the special package from the park.

“Greenbo State Resort Park is especially well-suited for hunting,” said Rick Mauro, northeastern region public lands wildlife biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Deer and turkeys are abundant on the park’s 3,250 acres of heavily forested habitat. State parks juggle many objectives including good stewardship of game populations. Hunting deer and turkeys not only provides recreational opportunity, but it also plays a key role in management of these species.”

Deer hunting dates for 2012 include Nov. 1-4, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 13-16. These archery-only hunts offer a bonus opportunity, as two deer may be taken on bonus permits issued by Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. These permits do not count toward the statewide deer bag limit.

The two deer may be antlerless (female or button buck) or hunters may take one antlerless and one antlered deer (buck). This gives participating hunters a chance at harvesting an additional antlered deer.

The park also offers fall turkey shotgun hunts on Oct. 27-29 and Dec. 4-7. For next spring’s turkey season, the park offers hunts on Apr. 15-17, 2013 and Apr. 22-24, 2013. Turkeys bagged during these hunts do count toward statewide bag limits.

Each hunt requires a separate package. Each package includes three days of hunting, three nights at the Jesse Stuart Lodge and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Packages cost $225 a person for double occupancy and $335 a person for single occupancy.

For more information on the Greenbo Lake State Resort Park hunting packages, email stephanie.poplin@ky.gov. For reservations, call 1-800-325-0083.

Image courtesy Kentucky Fish and Wildlife

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