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Special meeting to address Kentucky elk regulations

FRANKFORT, Ky. — 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;

· Establish a regulation to mandate a minimum bull size of 3 points on one side;

· Establish a regulation to mandate wounding an elk ends that hunt if the animal is not successfully retrieved. Convicted hunters get substantial penalties, plus lose the right to hunt elk. Guides lose guide license for 10 years;

· Establish a wanton waste regulation for elk, deer and bear with substantial penalties;

· Establish a regulation to establish refuge (no hunting) areas at tourist/viewing areas;

· Requests for management and data collection plans to be developed by the Department for Commission Discussion;

· Meet in executive session if necessary.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meetings are open for the public. Sessions are conducted at the Arnold Mitchell Building on the main campus of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife headquarters is located at 1 Sportsman’s Lane (formerly 1 Game Farm Road) in Frankfort. The entrance is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1½ miles west of U.S. 127.