New deer hunting regulations

Posted December 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

proposed for 2019 season

Changes would affect Dale Hollow Lake State Park

New public land deer hunting regulations highlighted the quarterly meeting of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday, December 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 management areas (WMAs) and state parks. These changes would become effective for the 2019-2020 deer seasons:

• Create archery/crossbow quota deer hunts on Dale Hollow Lake State Park and Kenlake State Resort Park to increase hunter opportunities and reduce deer densities.

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    Kentucky Fish and Wildlife confirms 2018 deer season information

    Archery season opens Sept. 1

    When Kentucky’s 2018 deer season opens September 1, a number of new regulations will be in place.

    Deer hunters should note the following changes for the upcoming season:

    · The modern gun deer season has been lengthened in Zones 3 and 4 and will now be 16 days across all zones, opening November 10 and continuing through November 25, 2018.

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    Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes new deer, waterfowl and migratory bird changes

    The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has recommended expanding modern gun season for deer to 16 days statewide, increasing the number of deer allowed on a statewide permit from two to four, and increasing some license and permit fees for non-residents.

    The proposals were among multiple recommendations to deer, waterfowl and migratory bird seasons made by commission members at their March 23 meeting in Frankfort.

    The commission recommends hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the Kentucky General Assembly.

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    Squirrel hunters compete in Claude Thomas Memorial World Championship

    The Clinton County Fairgrounds hosted the annual Claude Thomas Memorial World Championship Squirrel hunt last Saturday. Hunters and dog owners from several states traveled to Albany to participate in the event, and despite the heavy rain in the area Saturday, the turnout was exceptional.

    Clinton County has hosted the event for the psst several years, which is always held on the last Saturday in February.

    In the top photo, several dogs were resting between

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    Kentucky Afield Outdoors:

    New Fishing

    Regulations for 2018

    A reduction in the statewide daily creel limit from 30 fish to 20 fish for crappie highlights the new fishing regulations for 2018. The regulations go into effect March 1.

    “Anglers requested this regulation,” said Ron Brooks, Director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The amount of hours spent crappie fishing and the fishing pressure on crappie are increasing across the state.

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    Kentucky Afield Outdoors

    Hunters post fifth-highest deer harvest on record

    Looking at the total number of deer harvested by hunters in Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, it would appear nothing was out of the ordinary.

    The season ended earlier this month. When it did, hunters had combined to take more than 136,000 deer across the state, making it the sixth consecutive season with a harvest total greater than 130,000 and the fifth highest total on record in Kentucky.

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    Deer harvests

    Zack Poore, age 9, killed his first deer, a six pointer with a .243 rifle.

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    Deer harvests

    Emma McClellan harvested this 5-point buck the second weekend of the deer season.

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    Deer harvests

    Lee Tallent is shown with his first deer killed during muzzle loader season while hunting with his dad.