Kentucky Hunting News

Elk Restoration Update and Hunting Information
Kentucky began restoring elk in the winter of 1997-98 to counties in the southeastern part of the state. Over the next few years about 1,500 animals were trucked in from Kansas, Utah, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and Arizona. Today, eastern Kentucky is home to 5,000 free-ranging elk, the largest herd east of the Mississippi River.
Spring Turkey Season Update
After the first week of wild turkey hunting in 2005, harvest numbers indicate the Bluegrass State is on pace to have another excellent spring turkey season. According to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department (KDFWR), hunters have reported 13,800 birds taken since opening of the season on April 15. The season continues through May 5.
Elk Hunting to Expand to Public Hunting Areas in 2005
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission expanded the areas for elk hunters to hunt in 2005 to Wildlife Management Areas and parts of the Daniel Boone National Forest at a special commission meeting held February 2, 2005. The Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all spending by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR).
Spotlighters Receive Hefty Fines and Jail Time
Two Muhlenberg County men are in jail facing stiff fines after pleading guilty to charges of attempting to take deer by spotlighting, and a Wayne County man was fined $1,140 for illegally killing a black bear in District Court actions this week.
More Elk Permits Available for 2005
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission increased to 100 the number of elk permits for 2005 and changed the opening of the 2006 spring turkey season to a Saturday at its quarterly meeting December 3 in Frankfort.
Last Chance for Fall Turkey Gun Hunting
Kentucky turkey hunters will have a final week of hunting with a firearm December 4-10, 2004. According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), turkey hunters have taken close to 4,000 birds in the Commonwealth this fall during the October shotgun season and on-going archery season.
Excellent First Week for Fall Turkey Harvest
By the end of the first week of the Kentucky fall turkey shotgun season, hunters had already surpassed the harvest of the previous season by 1,000 birds. There is a second week of the season scheduled for December 4-10, which gives hunters an additional opportunity to take advantage of the Bluegrass State’s increasing turkey population.
Fall Turkey Harvest
By the end of the first week of the Kentucky fall turkey shotgun season, hunters had already surpassed the harvest of the previous season by 1,000 birds. There is a second week of the season scheduled for December 4-10, which gives hunters an additional opportunity to take advantage of the Bluegrass State’s increasing turkey population.
Trophy Deer Tag to be Auctioned Online
Here is your chance for a trophy whitetail. Many of Kentucky's wildlife refuges have an abundance of record class deer! All proceeds from the sale of this tag will go to processing fees and help feed thousands of needy throughout the Commonwealth. Each $100 spent on this tag will feed 725 meals to Kentucky's neediest citizens. Bid generously and enjoy this unique opportunity to help others while hunting your way into history.
Record Year for Trophy Whitetail Bucks
No matter how you measure it, in 2003-04, Kentucky hunters had the most successful deer-hunting season ever recorded. The number of whitetails taken last season set a single-season record for Kentucky, with 116,450 reported to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR).