Kentucky Has Quota Hunts Available

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Kentucky hunters who want to participate in deer, pheasant and waterfowl quota hunts must apply for these hunts by calling toll free at 1-877-598-2401 before September 30, 2006. Applications for all three types of quota hunts may be made at the same time. A representative will assist in the application process. Hunters must tell the operator you are applying for a Kentucky quota hunt.

Any resident or non-resident may apply for a standard quota deer hunt. Only the person successfully drawn may participate. Substitutions are not allowed. Adults may only apply once and may choose the option of picking a first and second hunt choice, but will only be drawn for one hunt. Each hunter that applies correctly, but is not chosen, receives a preference point that increases the odds of being drawn the next year. The hunter loses all previously collected preference points if they do not apply the following year.

Applicants are selected based on individual preference points and up to five people may apply together with one call. If one person in the group is drawn, the others in the group are drawn as well. The non-refundable fee is $3 for the hunter to apply for a standard deer quota hunt.

Hunters may take two deer on quota hunts, one of which may be antlered, except for quota hunts listed under the "Special Instructions for Quota Deer Hunts" listed on page 26 of the 2006-2007 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide. Application instructions and quota hunt choices are listed on pages 22, 23 and 24 of the same guide. Hunters may also log on to fw.ky.gov and click on the "Hunting" tab for more information on deer quota hunts. Statewide licensing requirements apply to quota deer hunters.

You don't have to drive to Kansas or Nebraska to hunt pheasants. Kentuckians may choose from six hunts in November and December on Green River and Clay Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The first three hunts will be held at Green River WMA on November 17, 18 and 19, 2006 with 100 hunters per hunt. The second three hunts will be held at Clay WMA on December 1, 2 and 3, 2006 with 70 hunters per hunt.

An individual may apply once for each of the six hunts with one phone call. Up to five people may apply together with one phone call under one person's social security number, but each slot still costs $3 apiece. The person who calls to apply for the group is responsible for the entire party's application fees.

If drawn, a pheasant quota hunter must pay $25 for a pheasant permit for each quota hunt day. The day following the quota hunts, November 20 for the Green River WMA hunts and December 4 for the Clay WMA hunts, is reserved for drawn pheasant quota hunt permit holders to hunt the remaining pheasants.

Waterfowlers may also apply for a waterfowl quota hunts on the Ballard, Boatwright and Sloughs WMAs on the same phone call. A hunter may apply for only one hunt per area. As with the other quota hunts it costs $3 to apply. The dates of each hunt may be viewed at fw.ky.gov.

It is recommended to pick up a copy of the 2006-2007 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide before applying for quota hunts. The guide is a beneficial tool in eliminating confusion about how to apply for quota hunts and includes all regulations regarding fall hunting in Kentucky.