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Kentucky proposes 2014-2015 deer season dates

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting Dec. 6 proposed the dates of the 2014-2015 deer seasons. Commission members also voted to modify deer hunting regulations on select wildlife management areas (WMAs) along with changes to the furbearer trapping season.

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.

2014-2015 deer season dates

All zones:

Archery: Sept. 6, 2014 – Jan. 19, 2015, either sex

Crossbow: Oct. 1 – Oct. 19; Nov. 8 – Dec. 31, 2014, either sex

Early Youth Weekend: Oct. 11 – 12, 2014, either sex

Early Muzzleloader: Oct. 18 – 19, 2014, either sex

Modern Firearms:

Zones 1 and 2: Nov. 8 – Nov. 23, 2014, either sex

Zones 3 and 4: Nov. 8 – Nov. 17, 2014, either sex

Late Muzzleloader: statewide: Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2014

Zone 4: Dec. 13 – Dec. 18, 2014, antlered only

Dec. 19 – Dec. 21, 2014, either sex

Late Youth Weekend: Dec. 27 – 28, 2014, either sex

Bag limits remain the same as last season.

In other deer-related business, the commission recommended changing Menifee County from Zone 3 to Zone 4. They also proposed several changes to deer hunting on select wildlife management areas (WMAs). These changes will not affect the current hunting seasons, but will be effective for the 2014-2015 deer seasons:

· Open J.C. Williams WMA in Nelson County and Lloyd WMA in Grant County under statewide regulations for youth firearms season.

· Institute a quota firearms hunt for the first weekend in December on Dewey Lake WMA in Floyd County.

· The 15-inch outside spread antler restriction will be removed from Yellowbank WMA in Breckinridge County.

· On Beaver Creek WMA in McCreary and Pulaski counties, the modern gun quota hunt will be for antlered deer.

· On Paul Van Booven WMA in Breathitt County, the 15-inch outside spread antler restriction will be removed along with modern gun hunting. The area will remain open under statewide regulations for archery and crossbow hunting, but is closed to all firearms hunting for deer.

· Move the quota hunt to the first weekend in November on Big Rivers WMA in Union and Crittenden counties.

In furbearer-related business, the commission recommended prohibiting night hunting of coyotes on all lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, including Kentucky Fish and Wildlife-managed WMAs contained within the boundaries of these properties.

In fisheries-related business, anglers fishing on a sport fishing license may keep one blue and flathead catfish more than 35 inches long and one channel catfish more than 28 inches long on the Ohio River with no daily creel limit on fish under those limits. Anglers fishing on a sport fishing license may give Asian carp to commercial anglers to sell, but sport fishing anglers may not accept payment for the fish.

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern), Friday, March 7, 2014, at 1 Sportsman’s Lane off U.S. 60 in Frankfort. Persons interested in addressing the commission must notify the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner’s office in writing at least 30 days in advance of the committee meetings Feb. 1, 2014 to be considered for placement on the commission meeting agenda. People who are hearing-impaired and plan to attend the meeting should contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator. To request to address the commission, write to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, 1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.