Kentucky Hunting News

Twenty-five Kentucky Residents Drawn For Late Season Quota Cow Elk Hunt

Twenty-five hunters from Wallins, David, Hyden, Pineville, Pikeville, Barbourville and other areas in southeastern Kentucky have a second chance to hunt elk in the state.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently drew 25 names for a late season quota hunt for cow elk. The late season begins Jan. 28 and ends Feb. 10.

Nelson County, Kentucky Man Charged With 88 Counts Of Deer-related Violations

A Nelson County man is facing multiple wildlife violations in an ongoing investigation by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Kevin Barnette, 43, of Bardstown, is facing 88 counts of illegally taking or possessing deer or their antlers. Eighty-five of the charges are related to possessing illegal antlers. He also is charged with one count of killing over the limit of antlered deer during the current deer season.

Public Meeting To Discuss Nuisance Elk In Straight Creek, Kentucky Set For Jan. 5

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host a public meeting to discuss issues involving nuisance elk on private property along KY 221 between the Kettle Island area and Tackytown in Bell and Harlan counties. The meeting will be held at the Right Fork Elementary School in Stoney Fork at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2012.

Wildlife Division Director Karen Waldrop and other staff from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will be on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions.

Hunters Take Four Black Bears During Kentucky's 2011 Season

Hunters took four black bears during Kentucky's third season for the bruins, held during the weekend of Dec. 10-11.

Neil Perkins, of Hallie, Ky., took a 350-pound male bear in Letcher County that is the heaviest bear taken since Kentucky's first bear season in 2009, said Steven Dobey, bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Hunters took two bears in Letcher County and two in Harlan County.

Kentucky Stream Team Offers Landowners Free Repairs To Eroding And Unstable Stream Banks

Thousands of landowners in five eastern Kentucky counties are receiving notices in the mail from the "Stream Team." The mailer comes from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, which is offering to repair unstable or eroding streams at no cost.

Sandhill Crane Season Will Be A Learning Experience For Kentucky Hunters

Kentucky's sandhill crane hunting season, which opens Dec. 17, will be the first modern-day opportunity in the state to hunt these migratory birds.

A total of 332 hunters, 96 percent of whom are Kentucky residents, were selected by lottery drawing to participate in this inaugural season.

Hunters are busy making last-minute preparations, deciding where to hunt, assembling decoys, building blinds and getting other gear ready.

Kentucky Fish And Wildlife Commission Proposes Elk Hunting Modifications

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting Dec. 2 proposed issuing 900 quota hunt elk permits for the 2012-2013 elk seasons. Commission members also voted to modify some deer, small game and furbearer regulations.

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.

State's Third Annual Black Bear Hunt Begins Dec.10 In Three Eastern Kentucky Counties

Opening day of Kentucky's newest big game season arrives earlier this year.

On Dec. 10, hunters can participate in a two-day quota hunt for black bears in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties.

"This year the hunt occurs on the second weekend in December, rather than the third weekend as it has since 2009," said Steven Dobey, bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Hopefully this earlier date will avoid overlap with early season snow storms and increase hunter success."

Waterfowl Hunters Should Use Extra Caution On The Ohio River in Kentucky, Due To High Water Levels

Waterfowl hunters should use extra caution on the Ohio River due to swift current and high water levels.

Kentucky’s season for Canada geese opened Nov. 23. Duck season opens on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Venison, the Original Local, Free-range Red Meat

November is the month when most hunters "put up" their winter's supply of venison.

A review of Telecheck records reveals that last deer season hunters bagged 80,516 deer in November, about 73 percent of the entire season's harvest of 110,376 deer.