Kentucky Quota Hunt Apps Due Sept. 30th

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With the opening of dove, archery deer and other seasons, the hunting time of year is upon us. Kentucky hunters need to remember to apply this month for deer, pheasant, waterfowl and the new rabbit and quail quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Hunters may apply for the four types of available quota hunts by calling toll-free at 1-877-598-2401. Hunters must tell the operator they plan to apply for Kentucky quota hunts when they call. The application deadline is September 30.

Rabbit and quail quota hunts are a new and unique opportunity on the 3,000 acre walk-in tract on Peabody Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Applying for these hunts cost $3 for each species. Hunt parties are limited to a maximum of three participants each and two parties will be drawn for each hunt. At full participation, there will be 36 quail hunters and 36 rabbit hunters for the season. Up to three hunters may apply as a group.

The 2008 - 2009 rabbit quota hunt dates are: November 25 - 26, December 6 - 7, December 27 - 28, January 6 - 7, January 13 - 14 and January 17 - 18. The 2008-2009 quail quota hunts are: November 29 - 30, December 2 - 3 and December 23 – 24, January 3 - 4, January 10 - 11 and January 20 - 21.

The December 6 - 7 rabbit quota hunt and the November 29 - 30 quail quota hunt are mentor hunts in which each drawn party must consist of at least one hunter 15 years of age or younger and one adult.

Kentucky hunters may experience pheasant hunting that rivals anything found on the Great Plains by applying for a quota pheasant hunt at Green River or Clay WMA. At Green River WMA, 100 participants will be drawn for each hunt on November 21, November 22 and November 23, 2008 while 70 will be drawn for each hunt on December 5, December 6 and December 7 at Clay WMA.

Waterfowl enthusiasts may apply in September for quota hunts on Ballard WMA in Ballard County and on Sloughs WMA in Henderson and Union counties. Both offer youth quota hunts during the Youth Waterfowl Seasons for the Western Zone on February 7 - 8, 2009. Log on to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's website at fw.ky.gov for a complete list of hunt days for these waterfowl quota hunts.

Over two dozen deer quota hunts will be offered this fall at Kentucky State Parks and WMAs including two new hunts on Paul Van Booven WMA in Breathitt County on November 8 - 12 and November 13 - 17. Twenty-five participants will be drawn for each hunt on Paul Van Booven WMA with a bag limit one deer of either sex.

Drawn hunters must comply with quota hunt requirements. Those who violate the rules will be ineligible to apply for quota hunts the following year and lose all accumulated preference points. Additionally, violations could result in a citation.

For detailed information on deer, pheasant, waterfowl, rabbit and quail quota hunts, consult pages 39 through 46 of the 2008-2009 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide available wherever hunting licenses are sold. You may request a copy by calling 1-800-858-1549.