Kentucky Hunting News

Kentucky FWC Meeting to Nominate Candidate for 9th District

A meeting to nominate candidates for the Ninth District representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 16, at the Shopville Elementary School Gymnasium, 10 Shopville Road, Somerset, Ky.

The Ninth Wildlife District includes Bell, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Wayne and Whitley counties.

Kentucky Special Plate Sales Pay for Public Hunting Land Purchases

The trophy deer that thousands of Kentucky drivers have on their license plates is paying dividends. The League of Kentucky Sportsmen has used proceeds from the sale of specialty white-tailed buck license plates to buy 489 acres of hunting land for public use in Greenup County.

Missouri's First Group of Elk will Arrive End of April

The first group of elk that are part of the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) elk restoration project are scheduled to arrive in the state on April 30. The 34 elk will complete their 90-day quarantine and final health testing in Kentucky before being transported by a semi-driven livestock trailer to Missouri. The elk will be released from Kentucky pending approval by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). The elk also have been fitted with ear tags, microchips and GPS collars.

Kentucky Offers Exemption Permit for Youth Hunters

Hunters required to complete a hunter education course to legally be in the field, but who haven't had time to get their orange card, don't have to miss Kentucky's spring turkey season April 16 through May 8.

Kentucky's hunter apprentice opportunity – the Temporary Hunter Education Exemption Permit – allows a person otherwise required to carry a course completion card to use the one-time, one-year exemption instead. Hunter education is mandatory when a hunter turns 12 years old, and includes those born on or after Jan. 1, 1975.

Kentucky Considers Changes to Bear and Deer Seasons

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting March 4 proposed bear season occur one week earlier than in past years and recommended deer zone changes for two counties.

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.

Kentucky to Provide Elk to Missouri for Elk Restoration

Elk from Kentucky will begin arriving in the Show-Me State this coming spring, and preparations to trap and transport the animals are proceeding rapidly, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

In October, the Conservation Commission directed MDC staff to restore elk to a 346-square-mile area in Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. The first step in implementing the plan was to find a state willing to share its elk.

Kentucky Late Season Quota Elk Hunt Begins Jan 22nd

Twenty-five hunters from Middlesboro, Whitesburg, Hazard, Lynch, Hindman and other areas in southeastern Kentucky have a second chance to hunt elk in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently drew 25 names for a late season cow elk hunt, which will begin next month.

Kentucky's Cow Elk Season Opens Dec. 11th

Kentucky's quota firearms hunt for cow elk opens in southeastern Kentucky's 16-county elk zone this Saturday, December 11.The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources issued 600 quota hunt cow permits this year.

"While our bull elk season is timed to coincide with the rut, cow season starts after the breeding ends, when cows congregate in large herds," said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "In large herds, elk are more visible, and more likely to stay out in the open."

Kentucky Reminds Hunters to Dispose of Carcasses Properly

With modern gun season opening statewide on Nov. 13, hunters must know the proper way to dispose of their deer carcass after processing.

Leaving the remains on the property where you harvested the deer is the best disposal method. If you are hunting on another person's property, ask the landowner where you can dispose of the deer's carcass and offer to bury it. Respect the landowner's wishes.

Kentucky Quota Hunt Apps Due Sept. 30th

Hunters have just a few more days to apply for deer, pheasant, quail, upland bird and waterfowl quota hunts managed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.