Frankfort, KY, March 19, 2001- The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has set dates for the 2001-2002 deer season and proposed fishing regulations for March 2002. The 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).
Dates for the 2001-2002 deer season are:
Archery Deer - September 15, 2001 - January 21, 2002
Youth Deer Weekend - October 20-21, 2001
Early Muzzleloader - October 27-28, 2001
Modern Firearms - November 10-25, 2001 for Zones 1 and 2 and November 10-19, 2001 for Zones 3 and 4.
Crossbow - November 26 - December 5, 2001
Late Muzzleloader - December 8-14, 2001
Zone changes for the 2001-2002 deer season include Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart and Metcalfe counties to be moved from Zone 2 to Zone 3. Breckinridge County will move from Zone 1 to Zone 2 and Owsley County will move from Zone 3 to Zone 4. All other county zones remain the same.
The commission approved that hunters who have not reached their 18th birthday by the start of Youth Deer Hunt Weekend may hunt during that special season. This adds two years of eligibility for youth to participate in the October youth-only gun season. Age requirements for adult hunting and fishing licenses did not change. The under 16 age requirement for quota youth hunts on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) also remains the same.
Hunters participating in a KDFWR WMA quota hunt are no longer required to check in and out daily. They must check in at the beginning and out at the conclusion of the hunt. Check station hours for quota hunts in 2001-2002 will be noon to 8 p.m. local time the day preceding the hunt and from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the central time zone and 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the eastern time zone on hunt days. Green River WMA is now considered wholly in the eastern time zone.
The Barren River WMA quota hunt will be the opening weekend of the modern gun deer season and open to modern gun deer hunting the remaining 14 days of the season. There will be additional quota hunts at Kleber and Rich WMAs on the first weekend in November and an additional youth quota hunt at Ballard WMA. White City WMA now matches deer regulations on the adjacent Peabody WMA.
Paintsville Lake WMA will be under the 15-inch minimum outside spread rule for the harvest of antlered deer.
The furbearer hunting and trapping season opens November 12, 2001.
Kentucky will be the 21st state to ban the use of smokeless powder in muzzleloaders.