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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Changes to Kentucky’s bear season reflect expansion of population

Major changes were made to this year’s black bear hunting season to reflect expanding bear populations throughout Eastern Kentucky. In 2017, for the first time, the state’s two distinct bear populations will be managed in three zones. There will be a new muzzleloader season in the 22 counties of Zone 3, and nonresidents may now buy permits to hunt bears. “Bear populations have been expanding...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department opens additional land for public use

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has opened more land for public use. The properties are in Gallatin, Nicholas, Owen, Pulaski and Wayne counties. • Rockcastle River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in eastern Pulaski County is the largest of the new WMAs and will offer hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers outstanding recreational opportunities. The WMA abuts the Daniel Boone...

Expanded regulations for hunting black bears approved in legislature, effective immediately

Hunters in Kentucky now have an expanded area and seasons in which they may attempt to harvest a black bear.   Regulations passed by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission in June recently received final legislative approval. The new season structure expands the bear zone and the bear chase areas, establishes an archery/crossbow season and increases opportunities for hunting with dogs.   The...