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Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers to begin major new study on Kentucky’s elk population

Researchers will use a helicopter to locate and capture elk this month as part of a major research study on elk reproduction and population growth. The research will be conducted throughout Kentucky’s elk zone and will launch this month. “Netting by helicopter is the best way to live-capture elk for this important study on reproduction and survival,” said Kyle Sams, acting deer and elk program...

KDFWR increasing monitoring of deer and elk for chronic wasting disease as hunting season returns

As hunters return to the woods and fields for the fall seasons, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is increasing its efforts to monitor the state for chronic wasting disease (CWD) at the same time. Seventeen years ago, the department recognized an encroaching threat to Kentucky’s deer and elk herds and took steps to prevent the spread of CWD to the state. Now, in 2019, the agency...

Nonprofit wildlife sales proceeds from special commission permits to be used in Kentucky

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has awarded special commission permits for the 2019-20 seasons to qualifying nonprofit wildlife conservation organizations. Recipients must use these special permits to raise funds for projects that enhance fish and wildlife, habitats, education efforts or related recreation in Kentucky. By state regulation, the commission may award a maximum of 10 special...

New fishing, hunting regulations proposed; based on recommendations of Fish and Wildlife Commission

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed new steps to make it more convenient for people to obtain their hunter education certification, set elk permit quotas for the 2020-21 season and adopted fishing regulations for newly introduced cutthroat trout at its June 7 quarterly meeting. Provided photo The commission is a nine-member board, comprised of volunteers who serve four-year terms after...

Public forums on deadly chronic wasting disease scheduled in Perry, Grant and Franklin counties

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has finalized details for three additional public forums about an increasingly widespread and fatal brain disease that infects members of the deer family. “Chronic wasting disease has not been detected in Kentucky but it’s on our doorstep,” said Chris Garland, acting Wildlife Division director for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We’re hosting...

Fatal brain disease in deer not found in latest testing; public forums begin April 18 to discuss CWD threat

The latest results of chronic wasting disease testing of Kentucky deer and elk returned encouraging news: none of the tests came back positive for the fatal brain disease that affects members of the deer family. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ monitoring of the state’s deer and elk herd for chronic wasting disease (CWD) will be among the topics covered at four public CWD...

Ky. broadens ban on imported deer to include all U.S. states in effort to curb spread of wasting disease

Acting to protect Kentucky wildlife from chronic wasting disease, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources on Monday expanded its ban against hunters bringing any harvested deer, elk or other cervids into the Bluegrass State unless the brain and spinal cord of the carcass have been removed. The ban now applies to cervids harvested from all U.S. states and all foreign countries. Under...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Missouri’s Elk, Mountain Lion; Antlerless Deer Harvest Declines; Feral Hogs

Missouri’s elk herd may be hunted as early as 2020, according to a story posted July 18, on the Springfield News-Leader website. The herd was established in the southeastern corner of the state in 2011 when 108 elk were translocated from Kentucky. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologist Aaron Hildreth, said the new herd bounced back from the stress of relocation, and a sustained drought...

Elk Night officially kicks off viewing season at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Sept. 16

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will open the elk-viewing season with its Elk Night buffet Sept. 16 from 4-9 p.m. The menu will include elk roast carved on the line, hunter’s elk chili, elk meatloaf, fried chicken, catfish with hush puppies, lyonnaise potatoes, shoe peg corn and other vegetables and desserts. The buffet is held on the first day of elk viewing tours at Jenny Wiley that run through the...

Elk hunt drawing extended to May 3 due to technical problems with state computer network

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is extending the deadline to apply for a 2017 Kentucky elk hunt due to unexpected technical problems with the state-run computer network that processes applications. The deadline to apply for Kentucky’s elk hunts will now close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday, May 3. Kentucky’s online application system shut down at 9:05 p.m. Sunday,...

Martin County man fined $8,000 after pleading guilty to illegally taking elk without a license

A Martin County man will pay nearly $8,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to multiple counts of illegal guide activities and taking elk. Byron Delong, 24, of Pilgrim, Ky., pleaded guilty Monday in Martin District Court to guiding elk hunters without a commercial guide’s license, assisting an elk hunter to hunt over bait, and assisting an elk hunter with an At-Large Elk Permit to hunt in...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission calls special meeting to discuss elk regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Frankfort for a special called session at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) Jan. 6 to discuss proposed changes to the state’s elk regulations. Items on the agenda for discussion include: · Compress or reduce the elk season; · Eliminate elk hunting in January; · Establish a regulation to eliminate elk hunting during deer season; ·...

Drawing completed for elk hunting areas, hunters will be notified of results soon

  Those drawn for a 2014 Kentucky elk hunt can now go online here to see their assigned hunting area.   Kentucky’s popular quota elk hunts are carried out in two stages: initial selection then a second random drawing to determine the hunting area.   Kentucky has five hunting areas within its 16-county elk restoration zone in the southeastern part of the state. The Kentucky Department...