Kentucky Hunting News

KDFWR Commission to Hold Special Meeting May 7
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a special meeting May 7 at 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern, at the central offices of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) in Frankfort.
Largest Wild Elk Herd East of Montana
An indigenous Kentucky species, wild elk had been absent from the state since the early 1850’s. The project has been incredibly successful, and just 8 years later, Kentucky hosts the largest free ranging elk herd east of Montana.
$862,000 Grant Announced for Landowners Wildlife Habitat Improvements
The $862,000 is Kentucky’s portion of $25.8 million set aside in President Bush’s Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to provide funding in 40 states for various conservation projects on a cost-share basis through state fish and wildlife agencies.
Deer Seasons Set for 2004-05
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2004-2005 deer hunting seasons and zones at its quarterly meeting March 5 in Frankfort.
NWTF, Mathew Inc. Donate $100,000 Each to the Archery in School Program
Archery in the schools, a program started in Kentucky, will expand nationwide thanks to $200,000 in donations from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and Mathews Inc., an archery manufacturer in Sparta, Wisconsin.
Changes in Store for 2004 Elk Hunting
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted new rules concerning 2004 quota elk hunts. 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 (KDFWR).
KDFWR Encourages Antlerless Deer Harvest
At the onset of the deer archery season in early September, Forest Systems Coordinator Jonathan Day, of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), expected the statewide herd size to be in excess of 800,000 animals. “We’d like to have a harvest of 120,000 or so to help keep herd numbers stable, and taking more antlerless deer than antlered bucks is key,” said Day.
Fall 2003 Bull Elk Hunt
All six hunters participating in Kentucky’s 2003 bull elk hunt tagged out within four days. It was the state’s third bull elk hunt held since Kentucky started its elk restoration program in eastern Kentucky in 1997.
Hemorrhagic Disease Suspected in Deer Deaths
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) recently received reports of deer deaths in Adair, Boyle, Breathitt, Casey, Cumberland, Fleming, Green, Hardin, Henderson, Larue, Marion, Rowan, Taylor and Woodford counties. Officials at the KDFWR suspect hemorrhagic disease may be causing the deaths. The only significant outbreak is in Breathitt County where over 58 deer have been reported dead. The dead or weak and emaciated deer are usually found near water.
Man Pleads to 212 Counts of Illegal Taxidermy
A Boyle County man has pled guilty to 212 counts of illegal taxidermy and 32 counts of failure to maintain proper taxidermy records. Robert Louis Johnson was ordered by Boyle District Court to pay fines totaling $17,000, make restitution to all persons who had taxidermy items at his business, or complete the taxidermy items within a 12- month period.