The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission set the opening dates for the 2001-2002 deer and fall turkey hunting seasons at its quarterly meeting in Frankfort on December 8, 2000. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends all boating, fishing and hunting regulations to the General Assembly and approves all expenditures of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR).
The opening dates for the 2001-2002 hunting season are as follows:
Archery Deer - September 15, 2001
Youth Deer Weekend - October 20, 2001
Modern Firearms - November 10, 2001
Crossbow - November 26, 2001
Early Muzzleloader - October 27, 2001
Late Muzzleloader - December 8, 2001
Fall Turkey Archery - September 15, 2001
Fall Turkey Shotgun - November 28, 2001
The season closing dates and county deer zones will be decided at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission’s next meeting on March 2, 2001.
In other business, the commission recommended to the General Assembly that the use of bait or supplemental feed including mineral blocks and mineral powders to attract wildlife on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) be banned. This practice has the potential to spread disease among deer and to place deer and turkey hunters in conflict.
The commission also voted to recommend that all of Barren River WMA to be included in the Eastern Rabbit/Quail Zone. Barren River WMA is currently split between the Eastern and Western Rabbit/Quail zones and is a source of confusion to hunters. The commission also recommended daily hunting for quail on West Kentucky WMA conclude at 1 p.m. This will allow time for quail coveys broken up by hunting to regroup before nightfall which will help lower delayed mortality and predation.
The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 2 at the Game Farm off U.S. 60 in Frankfort. Persons interested in addressing the Commission must notify the KDFWR Commissioner’s office in writing at least 30 days in advance to be considered for placement on the meeting agenda. People who are hearing impaired and plan to attend the meeting should contact the KDFWR at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator. To request to address the commission, write to KDFWR, Commissioner Tom Bennett, #1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.