Kentucky Hunting News

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Questions and Answers for Modern Gun Deer Season

Modern gun season for deer, the highlight of the fall hunting calendar, opens Nov. 12, 2011.

Hunters often wonder about rules and regulations concerning deer hunting.

Kentucky – Early Muzzleloader Deer Season

The first of two seasons created especially for hunters who want to take deer with muzzleloading firearms is coming up.

Kentucky’s early muzzleloader deer season, which debuted in 1990, will be held this year on the weekend of Oct. 15-16.

In the past decade, the muzzleloader deer harvest has averaged 16,272 deer a year. A high of 19,918 was taken during the 2004-05 season, and a low of 13,179 bagged last season.

This September, Archers Post New Deer Harvest Record and 50 Percent Success Rate During Early Bull Elk Season in Kentucky

It’s a September to remember.

Kentucky archers bagged a record number of deer and had better than a 50 percent success rate during the new 14-day early bull elk season.

Kentucky Department to Host Public Meeting on Elk Management Sept. 21

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host a meeting to gather public input on elk management at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The meeting will be held at the Knott County Sportsplex, located off KY 80 north of Hindman.

State Rep. John Short will join department officials to discuss elk management and answer questions from the audience. The meeting is open for the public.

Kentucky Afield Outdoors - Wearing a Full-Body Harness is the First Rule of Treestand Safety

A fall from a treestand is no laughing matter.

The consequences can be life-changing, much worse than a sprained ankle or broken arm. Each season deer hunters are paralyzed for life or killed in falls because they overlooked the most important safety precautions.

Kentucky's 2011-12 Elk Season Opens with Archery Bull Hunt

Elk season in Kentucky will open this year on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a new 14-day hunt for the 80 archers who were awarded bull permits.

Kentucky Fall Hunter Education Class Pre-Registration Has Begun

Obtaining a hunter education course completion card for yourself or a youth in your family is easy to overlook until it is too late for the start of hunting seasons.

Hunter education courses are not required for children under the age of 12, although a child must be at least 9 years old to take the course. Those required to have a hunting license and born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 must carry a hunter education course completion card while hunting any species. This applies to Kentucky resident and non-resident hunters.

Kentucky Man Charged With Illegal Trafficking of Bobcats and Hawks

A Breathitt County man was arraigned in federal court earlier this week on four felony charges alleging violations of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Danny Gayheart, 32, of Noctor, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday, July 18. The charges were filed May 5 in a federal indictment, following a 17-month undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

2 Convicted of Illegally Importing Wild Pigs Into Kentucky

A Florida man pleaded guilty last week to three counts of illegally importing and possessing wild pigs in Kentucky. State law prohibits persons from possessing and importing wild pigs, or releasing them to run free.

Teddy Wilburn King, 55, of Old Town, Florida, paid $300 in fines plus court costs for bringing wild pigs into Kentucky from Florida. King, who was originally charged on June 16, made his plea a week later in McCreary County District Court.

Kentucky Blue Grass Army Depot Quota Hunts

Applications are now being taken for quota hunts at the 15,000-acre Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond.

In addition to hunts for deer, dove and turkey, depot officials are adding waterfowl and rabbit hunting this year. The application deadline for mentor and adult hunts for dove is June 30. The deadline to apply for all other hunts is July 31.