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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...

Nomination meeting for 7th Wildlife District representative set for June 25 in Prestonsburg

A meeting to nominate candidates for the 7th Wildlife District representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 25 at the Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, in Prestonsburg. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to have a voice on their representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission is a nine-member board, comprised...

Kentucky’s crossbow deer season extended; changes take effect during 2019-20 season

Kentucky deer hunters will have a longer period in the field with their crossbows, after a proposal to expand the season went into effect May 31. The new crossbow season will open the third Saturday in September and close the third Monday in January. This year that timeframe begins Sept. 21, 2019, and continues through Jan. 20, 2020. The proposal to lengthen the season went through the legislative...

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...

New bear hunting regulations proposed by Fish and Wildlife; proposal involves zone changes

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new bear hunting regulations at its March quarterly meeting. The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly. Legislators must approve all recommendations before they become law. In bear-related business, the commission recommended adjusting bear hunting zones and seasons: -Break Zone...

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky on sale now; resident fees unchanged

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky in the coming license year are on sale now. The 2019-20 license year starts March 1. License and permit fees for Kentucky residents for the 2019-20 license year are unchanged from the 2018-19 license year. Prices on some options for non-residents have changed and include: • Annual fishing license, $55 • One-day fishing license, $15 • Seven-day...

New deer hunting regulations proposed for 2019 season at Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting

New public land deer hunting regulations highlighted the quarterly meeting of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission on Dec. 7. The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations to the Kentucky General Assembly for approval. The Legislature must approve regulation recommendations before they become law. The commission proposed changes for deer quota hunts on several wildlife...

Expanded opportunities lead to new harvest record for modern gun deer season concluded Nov. 25

A record 106,797 deer were taken over Kentucky’s 16-day modern gun season that concluded Nov. 25, topping the previous record from 2015 by almost 1,400 deer. “We anticipated an increase in harvest for the season due to several changes in deer regulations implemented earlier this year,” said Gabe Jenkins, Deer and Elk Program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The...

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends new catfish and pay lake regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed new regulations establishing statewide limits on trophy catfish, and proposed tightening existing regulations on the commercial harvest of large catfish and their use by pay lakes. Commission members, at their Sept. 28 quarterly meeting, also approved three wildlife studies of bears, bobcats and otters. Most commission actions must be approved...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look back at 20 years since inception of Kentucky’s elk restoration project

This is the first in an occasional series of articles on elk in Kentucky, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the elk restoration project.  The end-of-the-year holiday celebrations have a special significance this year as it was 20 years ago this December 18th that Kentucky’s elk restoration project began. The return of elk to the mountains of eastern Kentucky has had an immense social, economic...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s Elk Herd a “Seed Crop” for Appalachia, other herds outside the region

In Colonial America elk were common east of the Mississippi River. The eastern elk (Cervus canadensis canadensis), which was native to Kentucky, was one of six subspecies of elk that inhabited the northern and eastern U.S., and southern Canada. The eastern elk was larger than its western cousins. A full-grown bull could weigh up to 1000 pounds, stand 50-60 inches tall at the shoulder, and carry a...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes new fishing regulations for 2018 season

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new fishing regulations at a special called meeting. 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. If approved by legislators,...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission sets special meeting to consider fisheries, wildlife issues

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Frankfort for a special called session at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) for Friday, July 7. The commission will consider several fisheries and wildlife-related items. All recommendations made by the commission must be approved by legislators before they become law. Items on the agenda include: · Establishing a statewide daily creel limit of...

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; ·...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes early migratory bird, waterfowl season dates

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the 2016-2017 early migratory bird and waterfowl season dates and fishing regulations at its quarterly meeting. 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...

State Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes number of changes in deer, elk regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the dates of the 2015-2016 deer seasons and numerous changes to deer and elk regulations in the state at its quarterly meeting.   Commission members proposed allowing resident hunters 65 or older to use crossbows during the entire archery deer season as well as deer zone changes for Hopkins, Larue, Green, Nelson, Bullitt, Grayson, Ohio, Breckinridge...

New land acquired for public use by hunters and anglers, expected to be open in August

  Bald eagle’s nest (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   The Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area just grew by more than a third in size.   Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources completed its 18-month-long effort to acquire the 926-acre property of Stephen Boone in Henry County. It is located along KY 389 about three miles north of Gratz.   “What...

Fish and Wildlife officials propose new fishing regulations including no culling of stock trout

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has recommended prohibiting the culling of trout statewide and proposed other fishing regulations.   (Photo from Ky. Dept of F&W) 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...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A lake rises, a leader falls … quite a year on fish and wildlife beat

Happy New Year!   Before we turn the page on 2013, let’s take a look back at four of the top news stories on the outdoors beat in Kentucky this past year. Here they are, in chronological order: Lake Cumberland on the rise After being lowered by more than 40 feet from its historic summer pool level, Lake Cumberland was on the rise in 2013.   The 50,250-acre reservoir, near Jamestown, had...