More Elk Permits Available for 2005

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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.

Kentucky deer season dates for 2005 will remain unchanged, allowing for calendar shifts. The Commission will address any county zone changes in March.

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).

There will be 50 bull elk tags and 50 cow elk tags drawn for 2005 hunts. Hunters will be required to apply for the $10 elk draw in order to take out-of-zone elk as well. The Commission recommended the KDFWR implement an on-line system to purchase elk permits and add new limited entry areas for future elk hunters to use.

The 2006 spring turkey season will open on the Saturday closest to April 15, and will be extended to 23 consecutive days that includes four weekends. In 2006, it will be illegal for turkey hunters in Kentucky to possess electronic or digital calling devices while hunting turkeys.

The Commission recommended opening KDFWR-controlled lands around most state-owned lakes for all hunting and trapping seasons except deer gun hunting. Hunting will not be allowed on Boltz, Bullock Pen and the old and new Kingfisher lakes because these lakes are licensed under fishing-only easements. State-owned lakes in wildlife management areas (WMAs) are also exempted from this new regulation.

Those who purchased a 2004-2005 user permit for Addington Enterprises (Starfire) WMA may be refunded the cost of the permit upon written request. Requests must be received by the KDFWR in writing between December 16, 2004 and February 28, 2005. The agency address is KDFWR, 1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, KY, 40601. Those requesting a refund must provide proof of purchasing the 2004-05 Addington WMA user permit.

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2005 at the Game Farm off U.S. 60 in Frankfort. Persons interested in addressing the Commission must notify the KDFWR Commissioner’s office in writing at least 30 days in advance to be considered for placement on the meeting agenda. People who are hearing impaired and plan to attend the meeting should contact the KDFWR at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator. To request to address the commission, write to KDFWR, Commissioner Tom Bennett, #1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.