††††† 301 KAR 2:140. Requirements for wild turkey hunting.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 150.010, 150.092, 150.170(3), 150.305, 150.360, 150.365, 150.390(1), 150.990(11)

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 150.025(1)

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 150.025(1) authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations governing wild turkey hunting. This administrative regulation establishes procedures for hunting wild turkey to assure the continued protection and conservation of wild turkey populations, and a permanent and continued supply for present and future residents of the state.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Baited area" means an area where feed, grains or other substances capable of luring wild turkeys have been placed.

††††† (2) "Crossbow" means a bow capable of holding an arrow at full or partial draw without human aid.

 

††††† Section 2. A person shall not take a wild turkey:

††††† (1) Except on the dates and during the times specified in:

††††† (a) 301 KAR 2:142;

††††† (b) 301 KAR 2:144; and

††††† (c) 301 KAR 2:111; or

††††† (2) By means other than those specified in this administrative regulation.

 

††††† Section 3. Unless exempted by KRS 150.170(3), a person hunting a wild turkey shall possess a:

††††† (1) Spring turkey hunting permit during the spring season;

††††† (2) Fall turkey archery hunting permit during the fall archery season; or

††††† (3) Fall turkey gun hunting permit if hunting with a firearm or crossbow during the fall gun season.

 

††††† Section 4. (1) An adult shall accompany and maintain control of a person under sixteen (16) years of age turkey hunting with a firearm.

††††† (2) Immediately after taking a wild turkey, a person shall:

††††† (a) Record, in writing, the species, date taken, county where taken, and sex of the bird before moving the carcass from the site where taken. This information shall be logged and registered on one (1) of the following:

††††† 1. Hunterís log section on the reverse side of a license or permit;

††††† 2. Hunter's log produced in a hunting guide;

††††† 3. Hunterís log printed from the Internet;

††††† 4. Hunterís log available from any KDSS agent; or

††††† 5. An index card or reasonable facsimile thereof; and

††††† (b) Retain the completed hunterís log in his possession whenever the hunter is in the field during the current season.

††††† (3) A person shall check a harvested turkey by:

††††† (a) Calling 1-877-245-4263 the day the turkey is harvested;

††††† (b) Providing the information requested by the automated check-in system; and

††††† (c) Writing the authorization number given by the system on the hunter's log described in Section 4 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (4) A person shall:

††††† (a) Not knowingly provide false information when checking a turkey; or

††††† (b) Check a turkey before transporting it out of Kentucky.

††††† (5) A person taking a turkey on a Wildlife Management Area shall follow the tagging and checking requirements in 301 KAR 2:142 and 301 KAR 2:111.

††††† (6) If a harvested turkey leaves the possession of a hunter, the hunter shall attach a hand-made tag, which contains the confirmation number, hunter's name, and a phone number, to the carcass.

 

††††† Section 5. Firearms and Archery Equipment. (1) A person hunting wild turkey shall not use or carry:

††††† (a) A rifle or handgun;

††††† (b) A shotgun larger than ten (10) gauge or smaller than twenty (20) gauge;

††††† (c) Shot larger than number four (4);

††††† (d) Shotgun slugs;

††††† (e) A firearm during archery-only seasons;

††††† (f) Barbed broadheads;

††††† (g) Broadheads smaller than seven-eighths (7/8) inch wide;

††††† (h) Arrows with chemical treatments or attachments containing chemicals; or

††††† (i) Crossbow without a working safety device.

††††† (2) A person hunting wild turkeys may use a crossbow during firearm season.

 

††††† Section 6. Baiting. (1) A person shall not hunt wild turkeys on a baited area or by the aid of baiting:

††††† (a) While bait is present; or

††††† (b) For thirty (30) days after the bait has been removed.

††††† (2) A person may hunt wild turkey on an area where grain, feed or other substance exists as the result of:

††††† (a) Bona fide agricultural practice; or

††††† (b) Manipulating a crop for a wildlife management purpose.

††††† (3) A field shall be considered baited if grain, feed or other substance grown on the field is removed and later returned to the field.

 

††††† Section 7. Turkey Hunting Restrictions. (1) A person hunting wild turkeys:

††††† (a) May use a hand or mouth-operated call; and

††††† (b) Shall not:

††††† 1. Use a dog during spring season;

††††† 2. Hunt from a boat;

††††† 3. Use or possess an electronic or digital calling device;

††††† 4. Use a live decoy;

††††† 5. Take a roosting turkey; or

††††† 6. Hunt with a crossbow without a working safety device.

††††† (2) A person shall not mimic the sound of a turkey from March 1 until the opening of the spring season in an area open to hunting if turkeys are reasonably expected to occur. (Recodified from 301 KAR 3:083, eff. 10-6-82; Am. 9 Ky.R. 600; eff. 12-1-82; 10 Ky.R. 625; eff. 12-2-83; 11 Ky.R. 991; eff. 1-7-85; 12 Ky.R. 672; eff. 1-3-86; 13 Ky.R. 906; eff. 12-2-86; 14 Ky.R. 839; eff. 12-11-87; 15 Ky.R. 1134; eff. 12-13-88; 16 Ky.R. 496; eff. 11-22-89; 17 Ky.R. 1533; eff. 11-15-90; 18 Ky.R. 1161; eff. 11-26-91; 19 Ky.R. 1403; eff. 2-8-93; 20 Ky.R. 834; 1581; eff. 11-29-93; 21 Ky.R. 1164; eff. 12-12-94; 23 Ky.R. 2200; 2714; eff. 1-10-97; 3867; eff. 7-9-97; 24 Ky.R. 643; 1058; eff. 11-12-97; 25 Ky.R. 1690; 2134; eff. 3-10-99; 26 Ky.R. 116; eff. 9-8-99; 28 Ky.R. 2412; eff. 7-15-2002; 29 Ky.R. 1316; eff. 1-16-2003; 2517; eff. 6-16-03; 31 Ky.R. 1542; eff. 5-26-05.)