††††† 301 KAR 2:132. Elk quota hunts, elk depredation permits, landowner cooperator permits, and voucher cooperator permits.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 150.010, 150.170(4), 150.180, 150.990

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 150.025(1), 150.105, 150.177, 150.178, 150.390(3)

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 150.025(1) authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations to establish open seasons for the taking of wildlife, to regulate bag limits and methods of take, and to make these requirements apply to a limited area. KRS 150.177 authorizes the department to issue special commission permits for game species to nonprofit wildlife conservation organizations. KRS 150.178 authorizes the department to issue cooperator permits to landowners who enroll property for public hunting access. KRS 150.390(3) authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations establishing the conditions under which depredation permits for elk may be issued. This administrative regulation establishes the requirements for the elk permit drawing and quota hunts, the conditions under which special commission and landowner cooperator permits can be used, procedures for elk damage abatement, and any postseason hunt held after the quota hunts.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Antlered elk" means an elk having visible polished antler protruding above the hairline.

††††† (2) "Antlerless elk" means an elk without visible polished antler protruding above the hairline.

††††† (3) "At-large" means any portion of the elk zone not included in a limited entry area.

††††† (4) "Bait":

††††† (a) Means a substance composed of grains, minerals, salt, fruits, vegetables, hay, or any other food materials, whether natural or manufactured, that could lure, entice, or attract wildlife; and

††††† (b) Does not mean the establishment and maintenance of plantings for wildlife, foods found scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural planning or harvesting practices, foods available to wildlife through normal agricultural practices of livestock feeding if the areas are occupied by livestock actively consuming the feed on a daily basis, or standing farm crops under normal agricultural practices.

††††† (5) "Electronic decoy" means a motorized decoy powered by electricity, regardless of source.

††††† (6) "Elk" means Cervus elaphus nelsoni.

††††† (7) "Elk Management Unit" or "EMU" means a designated area in the restoration zone with specific management restrictions for a post-season antlerless elk quota hunt.

††††† (8) "Landowner cooperator" means a landowner or lessee who owns or leases at least 5,000 acres of land in the restoration zone and enters an agreement with the department to allow public access and hunting for at least five (5) years.

††††† (9) "Limited Entry Area" or "LEA" means a designated area in the restoration zone with specific management restrictions.

††††† (10) "Out-of-zone" means all counties not included in the restoration zone.

††††† (11) "Restoration zone" means the Kentucky counties: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Perry, Pike, and Whitley.

††††† (12) "Spike" means an elk having one (1) or two (2) antler points on each side.

††††† (13) "Voucher cooperator" means a landowner or lessee who owns or leases at least 100 acres of land in the restoration zone and enters into an agreement with the department to allow elk hunting access.

††††† (14) "Youth" means a person under the age of sixteen (16) by the first date of the hunt.

 

††††† Section 2. Elk Damage Control. The department may authorize the removal or destruction of elk that are causing property damage. A person authorized to destroy an elk shall:

††††† (1) Attach a department-issued disposal permit to an elk prior to moving the carcass; and

††††† (2) Not remove the disposal permit until the carcass is processed.

 

††††† Section 3. Elk Quota Hunts. (1) The elk quota hunt application period shall be January 1 to April 30.

††††† (2) An applicant shall:

††††† (a) Complete the elk quota hunt application process on the departmentís Web site at fw.ky.gov; and

††††† (b) Pay a nonrefundable application fee of ten (10) dollars.

††††† (3) The commissioner shall extend the application deadline if technical difficulties with the application system prevent applications from being accepted for one (1) or more days during the application period.

††††† (4) There shall be a random electronic drawing from each applicant pool.

††††† (5) Youth may enter a separate drawing pool for ten (10) either-sex elk permits. These permits shall be valid for use during all elk seasons:

††††† (a) Anywhere in the at-large portion of the restoration zone; or

††††† (b) Within an LEA if the youth applies for and is drawn for an LEA, pursuant to Section 6(3) of this administrative regulation.

††††† (6) A youth applicant shall not apply for the youth-only elk quota hunt more than once per application period.

††††† (7) An applicant for the youth-only elk quota hunt may also apply for the regular quota hunts. The regular quota hunts shall be as established in subsection (12) of this section.

††††† (8) A youth applicant drawn for the youth-only elk quota hunt shall not be drawn in any other elk quota hunt held during the same calendar year.

††††† (9) A youth drawn for the youth-only elk quota hunt shall be ineligible to be drawn in the youth-only elk quota hunt in subsequent years.

††††† (10) Nonresidents shall not comprise more than ten (10) percent of all drawn applicants in each quota hunt pool.

††††† (11) A quota hunt permit awarded from any department-administered drawing shall not be transferable.

††††† (12) In addition to the youth-only quota hunt, there shall be four (4) separate regular elk quota hunts consisting of:

††††† (a) Antlered archery and crossbow;

††††† (b) Antlered firearms;

††††† (c) Antlerless archery and crossbow; and

††††† (d) Antlerless firearms.

††††† (13) An applicant shall:

††††† (a) Apply only once for an individual elk quota hunt;

††††† (b) Not be eligible to be drawn in more than one (1) of the four (4) quota hunt pools;

††††† (c) Only be selected by a random electronic drawing; and

††††† (d) Pay a nonrefundable application fee of ten (10) dollars for each entry.

††††† (14) A person who is drawn for an antlered elk quota hunt shall be ineligible to be drawn for any antlered elk quota hunt for the subsequent three (3) years.

††††† (15) A person who does not have access to the department's Web site to apply for any quota hunt may contact the department toll free at 1-800-858-1549 for assistance in applying.

 

††††† Section 4. Landowner Cooperator Permits. (1) With the approval of the commission, the commissioner shall issue to a landowner cooperator:

††††† (a) One (1) either-sex permit annually per 5,000 acres of land enrolled with the department in a hunting access agreement for the duration of the agreement;

††††† (b) Two (2) antlerless-only permits annually per 5,000 acres of land enrolled with the department in a hunting access agreement for the duration of the agreement; or

††††† (c) One (1) antlerless-only permit annually per 5,000 acres of land enrolled with the department in an elk hunting access agreement for the duration of the agreement.

††††† (2) A recipient of a landowner cooperator permit shall comply with the season, bag limit, and hunter requirements in Sections 6 and 7 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (3) A landowner cooperator permit shall be transferable, but shall only be used on the land for which the agreement was made.

††††† (a) The permit may be transferred to any person eligible to hunt in Kentucky.

††††† (b) Prior to hunting, the landowner cooperator or person who has received the transferred permit shall provide the department with the hunter's:

††††† 1. Name;

††††† 2. Social Security number;

††††† 3. Address; and

††††† 4. Telephone number.

††††† (c) The permit shall not be transferable after being used for the harvest of one (1) elk.

††††† (4) Public access agreements with the department shall be recorded in writing.

 

††††† Section 5. Voucher Cooperator Permits (1) A voucher cooperator shall accrue:

††††† (a) Two (2) voucher points for each legally harvested antlered elk; and

††††† (b) One (1) voucher point for each legally harvested antlerless elk.

††††† (2) A voucher cooperator who accrues twenty (20) total points on land enrolled pursuant to Section 1(13) of this administrative regulation shall receive one (1) either-sex elk permit from the department.

††††† (3) A recipient of a voucher cooperator elk permit shall comply with all of the requirements established in Sections 6 and 7 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (4) A voucher cooperator elk permit shall only be used on:

††††† (a) The property enrolled with the department per agreement; or

††††† (b) Other property that the landowner or lessee owns or leases.

††††† (5) A voucher cooperator permit may be transferable to any person eligible to hunt in Kentucky.

††††† (6) If a voucher cooperator permit is to be transferred, then the landowner, lessee, or person who has received the transferred permit shall provide to the department by August 15 the hunterís:

††††† (a) Name;

††††† (b) Social security number;

††††† (c) Address; and

††††† (d) Telephone number.

††††† (7) A permit shall not be transferable after being used for the harvest of an elk.

 

††††† Section 6. Hunter Requirements. (1) A person shall carry proof of purchase of a valid Kentucky hunting license and valid elk permit while hunting, unless exempted by KRS 150.170.

††††† (2) The statewide bag limit shall be one (1) elk per hunter per license year.

††††† (3) A drawn hunter may apply to hunt in up to four (4) areas in any combination of the limited entry areas by completing the application process on the departmentís Web site.

††††† (a) Up to five (5) drawn hunters may apply for their LEA choices as a party.

††††† (b) If the party is drawn for the LEA, all hunters in the party shall be assigned to that same LEA.

††††† (c) If the number of slots remaining in the quota is less than the number of hunters in the next party selected, the entire party shall be assigned to the partyís next choice ranking or to the at-large area.

††††† (4) A hunter who does not apply for an LEA or is not drawn for an LEA shall be assigned to the at-large area.

††††† (5) A hunter drawn for an LEA may hunt only in the assigned LEA, except that a person who is drawn for any elk quota hunt may hunt on his or her land within the restoration zone.

††††† (6) An elk hunter or any person accompanying an elk hunter shall comply with hunter orange requirements established in 301 KAR 2:172.

††††† (7) An elk hunter shall not:

††††† (a) Take elk except during daylight hours;

††††† (b) Use dogs, except to recover wounded elk using leashed tracking dogs;

††††† (c) Hunt over bait inside the elk restoration zone;

††††† (d) Drive elk from outside the assigned area;

††††† (e) Take an elk while it is swimming;

††††† (f) Use electronic calls or electronic decoys; or

††††† (g) Take an elk if the hunter is in a vehicle, boat, or on horseback, except that a disabled hunter who has a hunting method exemption permit issued pursuant to 301 KAR 3:027 may use a stationary vehicle as a hunting platform.

††††† (8) A person shall:

††††† (a) Obtain a vehicle tag from the department prior to hunting elk in the restoration zone; and

††††† (b) Display the vehicle tag in the windshield of the vehicle while hunting elk.

††††† (9) A youth shall be accompanied by an adult who shall remain in a position to take immediate control of the youthís firearm.

††††† (10) An adult accompanying a youth shall not be required to possess a hunting license or elk permit if the adult is not hunting.

††††† (11) A hunter may use any deer hunting method authorized by 301 KAR 2:172.

††††† (12) A person shall only use the weapons and ammunition established in paragraphs (a) through (e) of this subsection to take an elk:

††††† (a) A crossbow or archery equipment loaded with a non-barbed broadhead of seven-eighths (7/8) inch or wider upon expansion;

††††† (b) A firearm:

††††† 1. With an action that fires a single round of ammunition upon each manipulation of the trigger;

††††† 2. Of.270 caliber or larger; and

††††† 3. Loaded with centerfire, single projectile ammunition designed to expand upon impact;

††††† (c) A muzzle-loading firearm of..50 caliber or larger;

††††† (d) A shotgun of twenty (20) gauge or larger loaded with a shell containing one (1) projectile; or

††††† (e) A handgun loaded with:

††††† 1. Centerfire cartridges;

††††† 2. Bullets of.270 caliber or larger designed to expand upon impact; and

††††† 3. Cartridges with a case length of 1.285 inches or larger.

††††† (13) A crossbow shall contain a working safety device.

††††† (14) An elk hunter shall not use a magazine capable of holding more than ten (10) rounds.

††††† (15) A quota elk hunter shall only take an elk of the type and sex determined by the permit drawn.

††††† (16) A hunter drawn for a firearms elk permit shall hunt elk pursuant to that permit only during the seven (7) day period assigned during the initial drawing.

††††† (17) An individual who receives or is transferred a landowner cooperator permit, a voucher cooperator permit, or a special commission permit may hunt in all of the antlered-only or antlerless-only quota hunts and shall hunt in accordance with the seasons and limits established in Section 7 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (18) A person who is drawn for an archery or crossbow permit or has a landowner cooperator permit, a special commission permit, or voucher cooperator permit may hunt with a crossbow during all archery and crossbow seasons, if at the time of the hunt, the person:

††††† (a) Is a youth;

††††† (b) Is sixty-five (65) years or older; or

††††† (c) Has a crossbow hunting method exemption permit for hunting deer pursuant to 301 KAR 3:027.

 

††††† Section 7. Elk Quota Hunt Seasons and Limits. (1) A person drawn for an antlerless or antlered archery and crossbow permit shall not hunt when an elk firearms season is open.

††††† (2) A person drawn for an antlered archery and crossbow permit shall use:

††††† (a) Archery equipment to take an antlered elk beginning the third Saturday in September through the third Monday in January; and

††††† (b) A crossbow to take an antlered elk from the fourth Saturday in September through the fourth Friday in December.

††††† (3) A person drawn for an antlerless archery and crossbow permit shall use:

††††† (a) Archery equipment to take an antlerless elk beginning the third Saturday in October through the third Monday in January; and

††††† (b) A crossbow to take an antlerless elk from the third Saturday in October to the fourth Friday in December.

††††† (4) A person drawn for an antlered firearms permit shall use a modern gun or muzzleloader to take an antlered elk during one (1) of two (2) seven (7) day periods randomly assigned by the department from the:

††††† (a) First Saturday in October for seven (7) consecutive days; or

††††† (b) Second Saturday in October for seven (7) consecutive days.

††††† (5) A person drawn for an antlerless firearms permit shall use a modern gun or muzzleloader to take an antlerless elk during one (1) of two (2) seven (7) periods randomly assigned by the department from the:

††††† (a) Second Saturday in December for seven (7) consecutive days; or

††††† (b) First Saturday in January for seven (7) consecutive days.

 

††††† Section 8. LEA Boundaries. (1) Hazard LEA - Starting at the intersection of State Hwy 476 and State Hwy 80, the boundary proceeds east on Hwy 80 to the intersection with State Hwy 3209. The boundary then goes west on Hwy 3209 to the intersection with State Hwy 1087. The boundary then goes east on Hwy 1087 to the intersection with State Hwy 1098 near Yellow Mountain. The boundary then follows Hwy 1098 north and west to the intersection with State Hwy 15 near Quicksand. The boundary then goes south on Hwy 15 to the intersection with State Hwy 476 near Lost Creek. The boundary then goes south on Hwy 476 to the intersection with State Highway 80, completing the boundary.

††††† (2) Middlesboro LEA - Starting at the intersection of US Hwy 25E and the Tennessee border at Middlesboro, the boundary proceeds southward and westward on the Tennessee and Kentucky border until the intersection of State Hwy 190. The boundary proceeds northward and westward on State Hwy 190 to the intersection of US Hwy 25E. The boundary then goes south on US Hwy 25E to the Tennessee border, completing the boundary.

††††† (3) Prestonsburg LEA Ė The area shall be within the boundary of the Czar Hunter Access Area as indicated by signage.

††††† (4) Straight Creek LEA - Starting at the intersection of State Hwy 66 and State Hwy 221 at Straight Creek, the boundary proceeds east on State Hwy 221 to the intersection with State Hwy 2009. The boundary then proceeds north along State Hwy 2009 to the intersection with US Route 421. The boundary then proceeds north on US Route 421 to the intersection with State Hwy 406 near Stinnett. The boundary then follows State Hwy 406 west to the intersection with State Highway 66. The boundary then follows State Hwy 66 south to the intersection with Hwy 221 to complete the boundary.

 

††††† Section 9. Post-season Quota Hunt on Private Land. (1) A modern firearms quota hunt for antlerless elk and spikes shall take place beginning on the fourth Saturday in January for fourteen (14) consecutive days.

††††† (2) Each hunter shall be randomly drawn from the pool of applicants who:

††††† (a) Were not drawn for the previous elk quota hunts; and

††††† (b) Are residents of counties included, wholly or in part, within an EMU boundary.

††††† (3) A drawn applicant shall comply with the requirements in Section 6 of this administrative regulation except that an applicant may hunt only in the assigned EMU or on land the applicant owns within another EMU.

††††† (4) EMU boundaries shall be:

††††† (a) Knott County EMU - Starting at the intersection of Kentucky Route 777 and Kentucky Route 550 near Porter Junction, the boundary proceeds east along Kentucky Route 777 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 680. The boundary then proceeds east along Kentucky Route 680 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 122 at Minnie. The boundary proceeds south along Kentucky Route 122 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 1498 near Bevinsville. The boundary then continues south on Kentucky Route 1498 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 7. The boundary then proceeds south on Kentucky Route 7 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 1410. The boundary then proceeds west on Kentucky Route 1410 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 160. The boundary then proceeds north on Kentucky Route 160 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 550 in Hindman. The boundary then proceeds north on Kentucky Route 550 to the intersection with Kentucky Route 7, with which Kentucky Route 550 merges and both continue north, to the intersection with Kentucky Route 777 near Porter Junction, thus completing the boundary.

††††† (b) Stoney Fork EMU - Starting at the intersection of State Hwy 2058 and U.S. Hwy 421 near Helton, the boundary then proceeds south along U.S. Hwy 421 to the intersection of U.S. Hwy 421 and U.S. Hwy 119 near Harlan, then west along U.S. Hwy 119 to the intersection of U.S. Hwy 119 and U.S. Hwy 25E. The boundary then goes north following U.S. Hwy 25E to the intersection with State Hwy 66, then north on State Hwy 66 to the intersection of State Hwys 66 and 1850, then east along State Hwy 1850 to the intersection of State Hwys 1850 and 1780 at Warbranch. The boundary then proceeds south on State Hwy 1780 to its intersection with State Hwy 2058 near Spruce Pine, then east on State Hwy 2058 back to U.S. Hwy 421 at Helton, thus completing the boundary.

††††† (5) Any public hunting area within an EMU shall be closed to elk hunting during this season.

 

††††† Section 10. Tagging and Checking Requirements. (1) Immediately after taking an elk, a hunter shall record on a hunterís log:

††††† (a) The species harvested;

††††† (b) The sex of the animal;

††††† (c) Date of harvest; and

††††† (d) County of harvest.

††††† (2) A hunter shall check the harvested elk before midnight on the day the elk is recovered by:

††††† (a) Calling (800) 245-4263 and providing the requested information; or

††††† (b) Completing the online check-in process at fw.ky.gov.

††††† (3) A hunter who has checked in an elk shall record the confirmation number on a hunterís log.

††††† (4) If the hide or head is removed from the carcass before the elk is checked in, then the hunter shall be required to demonstrate proof of the sex of the elk.

††††† (a) For antlered elk the hunter shall retain the:

††††† 1. Head with antlers; or

††††† 2. Testicles, scrotum, or penis attached to the carcass; or

††††† (b) For antlerless elk the hunter shall retain the:

††††† 1. Head; or

††††† 2. Udder or vulva attached to the carcass.

††††† (5) If a harvested elk leaves the possession of the hunter, the hunter shall attach to the carcass a hand-made tag that contains the hunterís:

††††† (a) Confirmation number;

††††† (b) Name; and

††††† (c) Telephone number.

††††† (6) A person shall not provide false information in:

††††† (a) Completing the hunterís log;

††††† (b) Checking an elk; or

††††† (c) Creating a carcass tag.

 

††††† Section 11. Elk Hunting on Public Land. (1) A person drawn for an elk quota hunt or the recipient of a special commission permit may hunt on the areas listed in paragraphs (a) through (f) of this subsection within the restoration zone pursuant to the conditions of the permit received:

††††† (a) Wildlife Management Areas;

††††† (b) Hunter Access Areas;

††††† (c) State forests;

††††† (d) Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area;

††††† (e) Daniel Boone National Forest; or

††††† (f) Jefferson National Forest.

††††† (2) Portions of Paintsville Lake WMA that lie out of the restoration zone shall be subject to the requirements established in Section 12 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (3) Elk hunting shall not be allowed on public areas during quota deer hunts listed in 301 KAR 2:178.

††††† (4) Paul Van Booven WMA.

††††† (a) The archery and crossbow seasons shall be open as established in Section 7 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (b) A firearm shall not be used to hunt elk.

††††† (5) A person shall not mimic the sound of an elk on public land open to elk hunting from September 1 until the opening of the elk archery season.

 

††††† Section 12. Out-of-zone Elk Hunting. (1) The methods for taking deer and the deer seasons established in 301 KAR 2:172 shall apply to a person taking elk outside of the restoration zone, except that a hunter shall comply with the weapons and ammunition requirements established in Section 6 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (2) Unless exempted by KRS 150.170, a person who is hunting out-of-zone elk shall possess:

††††† (a) A valid Kentucky hunting license; and

††††† (b) An out-of-zone elk permit.

††††† (3) A person may take an elk of either sex, which shall not count toward the person's deer bag limit.

††††† (4) Any elk harvested out-of-zone shall be telechecked pursuant to Section 10 of this administrative regulation.

 

††††† Section 13. A person who takes possession of any elk antler that has the skull or skull plate attached to it shall contact the departmentís Law Enforcement Division within twenty-four (24) hours to obtain a disposal permit.

 

††††† Section 14. A person who is the recipient of a valid elk quota hunt permit, landowner cooperator permit, voucher cooperator permit, or special commission permit may defer use of the permit to the following year if:

††††† (1) There is a death of the permit holderís:

††††† (a) Spouse;

††††† (b) Child; or

††††† (c) Legal guardian, if the permit holder is under eighteen (18) years old; and

††††† (2) The permit holder provides to the department a death certificate and one (1) of the following documents prior to May 1 of the year following the hunting season:

††††† (a) A marriage certificate;

††††† (b) A birth certificate; or

††††† (c) An affidavit of paternity or maternity. (25 Ky.R. 2034; Am. 2366; eff. 4-14-1999; 27 Ky.R. 3140; 28 Ky.R. 73; eff. 7-16-2001; 2501; 2330; eff. 5-16-2002; 29 Ky.R. 1677; eff. 2-16-2003; 30 Ky.R. 2555; 31 Ky.R. 341; eff. 8-26-2004; 31 Ky.R. 341; 830; 1075; eff. 1-4-2005; 31 Ky.R. 341; 830; 1075; 1538; 1786; eff. 5-26-2005; 32 Ky.R. 2095; 33 Ky.R. 92; eff. 7-12-2006; 343; 792; 1700; eff. 11-2-2008; 35 Ky.R. 343; 792; 1700; 1872; 2007; eff. 4-3-09; 35 Ky.R. 2799; eff. 8-28-2009; 36 Ky.R. 2076-A; 2335; 37 Ky.R. 41; eff. 8-4-2010; 37 Ky.R. 41; 2061; eff. 5-6-2011; 39 Ky.R. 1764; 2014; eff. 5-3-2013; 40 Ky.R. 407; 797; eff. 10-3-2013; 2349; 2689; eff. 7-3-2014; 41 Ky.R. 1868; eff. 6-5-2015.)