Kentucky FWC Proposes 2007-2008 Seasons

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The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the 2007-2008 deer and elk seasons and recommended deer zone changes at its quarterly meeting March 9.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife 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.

The 2007-2008 Deer Seasons:

Statewide All Zones:

  • Archery (either sex) – September 1, 2007 – January 21, 2008
  • Crossbow (either sex) – October 1 – 21 & November 10 – December 31, 2007
  • Early Youth Weekend (either sex) – October 13 -14, 2007
  • Early Muzzleloader (Zones 1, 2, 3 either sex, Zone 4 antlered deer only) – October 20-21, 2007
  • Late Muzzleloader (either sex) – December 8-16, 2007
  • Late Youth Weekend (either sex) – December 29-30, 2007
  • Zones 1 & 2: Modern Firearms (either sex) – November 10-25, 2007
  • Zones 3 & 4: Modern Firearms (Zone 3 either sex, Zone 4 antlered deer only) – November 10-19, 2007

Bag limits remain the same as last year.

The Commission proposed changing Martin, Jackson and Rockcastle counties from Zone 3 to Zone 4 and Hardin County from Zone 2 to Zone 1. The Commission also recommended requiring hunters to telecheck their harvest prior to removing the cape or head.

The Commission also proposed increasing the number of tags drawn for the quota elk hunts to 300. Seventy-five bull elk tags will be drawn, along with 225 cow elk tags. The Commission also recommended a statewide bag limit of one elk that applies to both in-zone and out-of-zone hunters.

In other elk-related business, the Commission recommended to the General Assembly to open antlerless (cow) archery and crossbow seasons on the second Saturday in October (October 13, 2007) and run concurrently with the remainder of the archery and crossbow deer seasons. Archery and crossbow use for bull elk will be legal during the regular bull elk gun season and run concurrently with the remainder of the archery and crossbow deer seasons. Elk hunters will be required to display a tag provided by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife in the windshield of their vehicle while hunting elk.

In fisheries-related business, the Commission recommended to remove the 9-inch minimum size limit on crappie at Cedar Creek Lake in Lincoln County. On Lake Blythe in Christian County, they proposed a 12- to 15-inch protective slot limit on largemouth bass. All largemouth bass caught between 12 and 15 inches long must be immediately released on Lake Blythe. Both of these fisheries regulations, if approved, go into effect on March 1, 2008.

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2007 at #1 Sportsman's Lane off U.S. 60 in Frankfort. Persons interested in addressing the Commission must notify the KDFWR 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 the KDFWR at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator. To request to address the commission, write to KDFWR, Commissioner Dr. Jon Gassett, #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.