Kentucky Elk Apps Due TODAY

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Time is running out to apply for the 2008 Kentucky elk hunt. Hunters have until midnight central time April 30 to pay the $10 application fee for a chance to be drawn for Kentucky's hunt of a lifetime.

Hunters may apply wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at fw.ky.gov, or by calling 1-877-598-2401. The hunt is open to residents and non-residents.

Kentucky will issue 400 general tags this year. With Eastern Kentucky's elk herd now numbering 7,300 animals, hunters will have plenty of opportunity. In 2007, approximately 97 percent of the bull elk hunters enjoyed success. Several public areas are available for hunting, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will provide hunters contact information for guides and private landowners willing to allow elk hunting. Most of the equipment used for deer hunting can also be used for elk hunting.

For bull elk, the one-week firearms season is Oct. 4-10. Archery season is Oct. 4, 2008 through Jan. 19, 2009. Crossbow season is Oct. 4-19, and from Nov. 8 through Dec. 31.

For cow elk, the firearms season is Dec. 13-26. Archery season is Oct. 11, 2008 through Jan. 19, 2009. Crossbow season is Oct. 11-19, and from Nov. 8 – Dec. 31.

For more information about elk hunting in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov.