CRAB ORCHARD - It had been touted as a waterfowl hunter's paradise, but Lincoln County's newest wildlife management area has become known in its first year as a rabbit haven.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife's purchased Spurlin Bottoms, renamed Dix River Wildlife Management Area, from the Spurlin family in January and has opened it to hikers and hunters.
"We've erected some signs at the entrance, off Ky. 39 and Fall Lick Road, and we made some parking areas," said regional wildlife coordinator Brian Gray. "There should be some pretty good rabbit hunting right now" as well as deer and raccoon.
The management area is on Ky. 39 north of the Crab Orchard city limits and four miles north of Cedar Creek Lake.