Kentucky Late Season Quota Elk Hunt Begins Jan 22nd

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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.

"The late season hunt targets areas where people have had ongoing problems with nuisance elk for years," said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. "This season can help solve those problems while providing hunters in the region an opportunity to put meat in the freezer for their families."

Hunters can check online at the department's website,, to see if they were drawn for the late season quota elk hunt on private land. The 14-day late season begins Jan. 22, 2011, and ends Feb. 4, 2011. Drawn hunters also will be notified by mail.

Each hunter is randomly drawn from the pool of those who applied for the regular quota elk hunts. Hunters must reside in the 16-county elk restoration zone to be eligible for this hunt.

Only two Elk Management Units (EMUs) are open for this hunt: Stoney Fork EMU and Knott County EMU. Only private lands are open for this hunt. All public lands within these EMUs are closed to elk hunting. Hunters who check online can follow links to maps of these areas.

Hunters drawn for the 25 permits will have the choice this year of hunting Stoney Fork EMU or Knott County EMU rather than being limited to just one of these units. The permits for this hunt cost $30 for Kentucky residents, the same as for the regular elk quota hunts. Hunters must also possess an annual Kentucky hunting license.