Kentucky Considers Changes to Bear and Deer Seasons

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The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting March 4 proposed bear season occur one week earlier than in past years and recommended deer zone changes for two counties.

The Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

In wildlife-related business, the Commission proposed to the General Assembly that bear season be one week sooner on Dec. 10 and 11, 2011. Winter weather plagued the first two seasons. Moving the season forward one week could improve hunter opportunity. The Commission also recommended making it illegal to take bears from dens.

For the 2011 deer season, the Commission recommended changing Rowan County from Zone 2 to Zone 3 and Lee County from Zone 3 to Zone 4.

In fisheries-related business, the Commission recommended adopting Tennessee's trout regulations on Dale Hollow Lake. Anglers may keep seven rainbow or brown trout per day, singly or combined.

The Commission also removed the special fishing regulations on the Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ponds, effective March 1, 2012.

Lastly, Camp Ernst Lake in Boone County, Millennium Park Pond in Boyle County, Whitehall Park Lake in Madison County and Lake Carlson and Lake Dickerson in Ft. Knox were added to the Fishing in Neighborhoods Program (FINs).

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8 a.m., Friday, June 3, 2011 at #1 Sportsman's Lane off U.S. 60 in Frankfort. Persons interested in addressing the Commission must notify the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's Commissioner's office in writing at least 30 days in advance to be considered for placement on the meeting agenda. People who are hearing impaired and plan to attend the meeting should contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator. To request to address the commission, write to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dr. Jon Gassett, #1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort, Ky., 40601.


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While it sounds like a good

While it sounds like a good idea to change the hunting season dates so that hunters will have a better opportunity during the bear season, I wonder how this will affect the majority of hunters. I'm guessing that part of the reasoning behind this recommendation is that it puts it ahead of when the heavy winter weather usually commences.

If I read that right, it looks like they only have a two day season for bear? It mentions that the season would be "one week sooner on Dec. 10 and 11, 2011. That's a pretty short season, and it would only take one early winter storm to make it virtually impossible for hunters to get out.

I think the ban on taking bears from their dens is a good idea. It just seems like once they have begun to hibernate they ought to be left alone.