TOURISM, ARTS AND HERITAGE CABINET

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

(Amendment)

 

††††† 301 KAR 2:178. Deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas, state parks, other public lands, and federally controlled areas.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 150.010, 150.170, 150.340, 150.370(1), 150.990

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 148.029(5), 150.025(1), 150.390(1), 150.620

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 148.029(5) authorizes the Department of Parks, in cooperation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, to implement wildlife management plans on state parks. 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 to make these requirements apply to a limited area. KRS 150.390(1) prohibits the taking of deer in any manner contrary to any provisions of KRS Chapter 150 or Title 301 KAR. KRS 150.620 authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations for the maintenance and operation of the lands it has acquired for public recreation. This administrative regulation establishes deer hunting seasons, application procedures, and other matters pertaining to deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas, state parks, other public lands, and federally controlled areas that differ from statewide requirements.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Bait" means a substance composed of grains, minerals, salt, fruits, vegetables, hay, or any other food materials, whether natural or manufactured, that may lure, entice, or attract wildlife.

††††† (2) "Centerfire" means a type of firearm that detonates a cartridge by the firing pin striking a primer in the middle of the end of the cartridge casing.

††††† (3) "In-line muzzleloading gun" means a firearm:

††††† (a) Capable of being loaded only from the discharging end of the barrel or cylinder; and

††††† (b) That is equipped with an enclosed ignition system located directly behind the powder charge.

††††† (4) "Mobility-impaired" means an individual who meets the requirements of 301 KAR 3:026, Section 2(1).

††††† (5) "Modern firearm season" means the ten (10) or sixteen (16) consecutive day period beginning the second Saturday in November when breech-loading firearms may be used to take deer pursuant to 301 KAR 2:172.

††††† (6) "Quota hunt" means a hunt in which a participant is selected by a random drawing.

††††† (7) "Statewide requirements" mean the season dates, zone descriptions, and other requirements for deer hunting established in 301 KAR 2:172.

††††† (8) "Wildlife management area" or "WMA" means a tract of land:

††††† (a) Controlled by the department through ownership, lease, license, or cooperative agreement; and

††††† (b) That has "Wildlife Management Area" or "WMA" as part of its official name.

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

 

††††† Section 2. General WMA Requirements. (1) Unless established in this administrative regulation, statewide requirements shall apply.

††††† (2) A hunter shall not take more than one (1) deer per day on a WMA in Zones 2, 3, or 4, except:

††††† (a) During a quota hunt; or

††††† (b) The Grayson Lake WMA open youth deer hunt.

††††† (3) Except as established in Section 6 of this administrative regulation, if a WMA is in two (2) or more deer hunting zones as established in 301 KAR 2:172, then the WMA shall be regulated by the most liberal zone requirements of the zones in which it lies.

††††† (4) Deer hunting on WMAs listed in Section 6 of this administrative regulation shall be permitted only as established, except archery hunting shall be allowed pursuant to the statewide archery requirements established in 301 KAR 2:172, unless otherwise noted.

††††† (5) An antlerless deer shall not count against a personís statewide or zone bag limit if harvested during:

††††† (a) The Grayson Lake WMA open youth hunt;

††††† (b) West Kentucky WMA firearms hunts; or

††††† (c) Any WMA either-sex quota hunt.

††††† (6) An open firearm deer hunt, beginning on the Wednesday following the third Monday in January for ten (10) consecutive days, shall:

††††† (a) Be limited to members of the United States Armed Forces and the National Guard and reserve component who:

††††† 1. Are residents of Kentucky or nonresidents stationed in Kentucky; and

††††† 2. Were deployed out-of-country during any portion of the most recent regular statewide deer season;

††††† (b) Only be on a WMA designated as open for this special hunt; and

††††† (c) Be according to statewide requirements established in 301 KAR 2:172.

††††† (7) On all WMAs and Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, a person:

††††† (a)[Shall not use a nail, spike, screw-in device, wire, or tree climber for] Attaching a tree stand or climbing a tree shall not use a:

††††† 1. Nail;

††††† 2. Spike;

††††† 3. Screw-in device;

††††† 4. Wire; or

††††† 5. Tree climber;

††††† (b) May use a portable stand or climbing device that does not injure a tree;

††††† (c) 1. Shall not place a portable stand in a tree more than two (2) weeks before opening day; and

††††† 2. Shall remove it within one (1) week following the last day of each hunting period;

††††† (d) Shall plainly mark the portable stand with the hunter's name and address;

††††† (e) Shall not use an existing permanent tree stand; and

††††† (f) Shall not place, distribute, or hunt over bait.

††††† (8) A person without a valid quota hunt confirmation number shall not enter a WMA during a quota hunt on that area except:

††††† (a) To travel through a WMA on an established road or to use an area designated open by a sign; or

††††† (b) One (1) assistant, who shall not be required to have applied for the quota hunt, may accompany a mobility-impaired hunter who was drawn to hunt.

††††† (9) Except for waterfowl or dove hunting, or legal hunting at night, a person who is hunting any species or a person who is accompanying a hunter shall wear hunter orange clothing pursuant to 301 KAR 2:172 while:

††††† (a) On a WMA while firearms deer hunting is allowed;

††††† (b) Hunting within the sixteen (16) county elk zone when a firearms elk season is open, pursuant to 301 KAR 2:132; or

††††† (c) Hunting within the bear zone during a bear firearms season, pursuant to 301 KAR 2:300.

 

††††† Section 3. General Quota Hunt Procedures. (1) A quota hunt applicant who is not selected and applies to hunt the following year shall be given one (1) preference point for each year the applicant was not selected.

††††† (2) If selected for a quota hunt, a person shall lose all accumulated preference points.

††††† (3) A random selection of hunters with preference points shall be made for each yearís quota hunts before those without preference points are chosen.

††††† (4) A person shall forfeit all accumulated preference points if, in a given year, the person does not apply for or is ineligible to apply for:

††††† (a) A deer quota hunt; and

††††† (b) The no-hunt option.

††††† (5) A person who applies for the no-hunt option shall:

††††† (a) Not be drawn for a quota hunt; and

††††† (b) Be given one (1) preference point for each year the no-hunt option is selected.

††††† (6) If applying as a party:

††††† (a) Each applicantís preference points shall be independent of each other; and

††††† (b) The entire party shall be selected if one (1) member of the party is selected.

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

††††† (8) A hunter may take up to two (2) deer on a quota hunt in Zones 2, 3, and 4, only one (1) of which may be an antlered deer, except as authorized in Section 6 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (9) If a hunter has purchased the appropriate permits, a hunter may take unlimited antlerless deer in:

††††† (a) The West Kentucky WMA firearms season;

††††† (b) WMA quota hunts in Zone 1; and

††††† (c) State Park quota hunts in Zone 1, except as established in Section 7 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (10) One (1) person shall be drawn from the eligible quota hunt applicants who were not selected in the original drawing, and shall receive one (1) deer permit that carries with it all the privileges of the Special Commission Permit established in 301 KAR 3:100.

 

††††† Section 4. Quota Hunt Application Process. A person applying for a quota hunt shall:

††††† (1) Call the toll free number listed in the current fall hunting and trapping guide or apply online at fw.ky.gov by completing the Quota Hunt Application: Deer Quota Hunt Form, between September 1 and September 30;

††††† (2) Enter each applicant's Social Security number;

††††† (3) Select:

††††† (a) A first and second choice of hunts; or

††††† (b) The no-hunt option;

††††† (4) Pay a three (3) dollar application fee for each applicant, prior to the draw by:

††††† (a) Electronic funds transfer;

††††† (b) Visa Card;

††††† (c) Master Card; or

††††† (d) Discover Card;

††††† (5) Not apply more than one (1) time;

††††† (6) Not apply as a group of more than five (5) persons; and

††††† (7) Not be eligible to participate in a quota hunt unless:

††††† (a) Selected pursuant to this administrative regulation; or

††††† (b) Accompanying a mobility-impaired hunter.

 

††††† Section 5. Quota Hunt Participant Requirements. Except as otherwise established in this administrative regulation, a person selected to participate in a quota hunt shall:

††††† (1) Possess, unless[Except if] exempted pursuant to[by] KRS 150.170[, possess]:

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

††††† (b) A deer permit that authorizes the taking of deer with the equipment being used and in accordance with the zone restrictions where the hunt will occur;

††††† (2) Hunt on the assigned dates and in assigned areas selected by a random drawing of applicants if applicable;

††††† (3) Comply with hunting equipment restrictions specified by the type of hunt;

††††† (4) Check in at the designated check station prior to hunting:

††††† (a) Either:

††††† 1. On the day before the hunt, between noon and 8 p.m. local time; or

††††† 2. On the day of the hunt, between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time; and

††††† (b) With documentation of the participantís:

††††† 1. Social Security number or draw confirmation number; and

††††† 2. Purchase of a current license or permit which allows or includes statewide deer hunting privileges;

††††† (5) Check out at the designated check station:

††††† (a) If finished hunting;

††††† (b) If the hunterís bag limit is reached; or

††††† (c) By 8 p.m. Eastern time on the final day of the hunt;

††††† (6) Take a harvested deer to the designated check station by 8 p.m. Eastern time the day the deer was harvested;

††††† (7) Be declared ineligible to apply for the next year's drawing if the hunter fails to check out properly; and

††††† (8) Comply with all species quota hunt requirements[, including the fifteen (15) inch minimum outside antler spread harvest restriction for antlered deer when in effect,] or be ineligible to apply for any quota hunt or no-hunt option for these species the following year.

 

††††† Section 6. Wildlife Management Area Requirements. (1) Dr. Norman and Martha Adair WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (2) Ballard WMA.

††††† (a) On the main tract, the quota hunt shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning on the first Saturday in November.

††††† (b) On the main tract, the archery, crossbow, and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements through October 14, except that the two (2) mile driving loop marked by signs shall be closed to all hunting;

††††† (c) The crossbow, modern firearm, youth firearm, and muzzleloader seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements only on the 400 acre tract south of Sallie Crice Road.

††††† (d) A hunter shall not take a deer with antlers that have an outside spread less than fifteen (15) inches.

††††† (3) Barren River WMA. The area shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements except that on the Peninsula Unit, including Narrows, Goose, and Grass Islands, a person shall not hunt deer with a modern firearm.

††††† (4) Beaver Creek WMA.

††††† (a) The quota hunt shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November.

††††† (b) The limit shall be one (1) antlered deer during the quota hunt.

††††† (c) The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (5) Big Rivers WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow and youth firearms seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements; and

††††† (b) There shall be a quota hunt for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November.

††††† (6) Boatwright WMA. The area shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except that:

††††† (a) On the Swan Lake Unit the archery and crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements through October 14; and

††††† (b) The October youth deer season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (7) Cedar Creek Lake WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (8) Clay WMA.

††††† (a) On the main tract, crossbow, October muzzleloader, and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except archery hunting shall be prohibited during the quota fox hunting field trials as established in 301 KAR 2:049.

††††† (b) The remainder of the WMA shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements for the archery, crossbow, October muzzleloader, and youth seasons, except during the quota deer hunt.

††††† (c) The quota hunt shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November.

††††† (d) A quota hunt participant shall be given one (1) preference point for each female deer checked-in.

††††† (e) Hunters drawn for the quota hunt may harvest up to four (4) deer, only one (1) of which may be antlered.

††††† (9) Dewey Lake WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (b) The use of firearms shall be prohibited for deer hunting on the portion of the area extending southward from the dam to Shoreline Campground Number One, [and] including all property from the WMA boundary downslope to the lake edge.

††††† (c) A deer hunter shall not take a deer with antlers that have an outside spread less than fifteen (15) inches.

††††† (d) There shall be a quota hunt for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in December.

††††† (e) There shall be a one (1) deer limit during the quota hunt.

††††† (10) Dix River WMA. The crossbow, youth firearm, and muzzleloader seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (11) Fishtrap Lake WMA.

††††† (a) The quota hunt shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

††††† (b) The limit for the quota hunt shall be one (1) deer.

††††† (c) The crossbow and youth firearm season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (12) Grayson Lake WMA.

††††† (a) An open youth hunt shall:

††††† 1. Be the first Saturday in November for two (2) consecutive days; and

††††† 2. Have a two (2) deer bag limit, only one (1) of which may be an antlered deer.

††††† (b) A person who has not checked in shall not enter the Grayson Lake WMA during the open youth hunt, except to:

††††† 1. Travel through the WMA on an established public road; or

††††† 2. Use an area designated as open by signs.

††††† (c) The property of Camp Webb shall be open for a mobility-impaired deer hunting event during the first weekend of October[as established in 301 KAR 3:110].

††††† (d) The crossbow hunt shall be from the first Saturday in September through the third Monday in January, except during the November open youth hunt.

††††† (e) The statewide youth firearm season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (13) Green River Lake WMA and Dennis-Gray WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (b) The quota hunt shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November.

††††† (c) Fifteen (15) openings shall be reserved in the quota hunt for mobility-impaired persons.

††††† (d) A deer hunter shall not take a deer with antlers that have an outside spread less than fifteen (15) inches.

††††† (e) The Green River Lake and Dennis-Gray WMAs shall be considered to be located in the Eastern Time Zone.

††††† (14) Griffith Woods WMA. The crossbow and youth firearms seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (15) Higginson-Henry WMA.

††††† (a) The youth firearm deer season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (b) A hunter shall not take more than one (1) deer from the WMA per license year.

††††† (16) J.C. Williams WMA. The crossbow and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (17) Kentucky River WMA. The crossbow and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (18) Kleber WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except during a quota hunt.

††††† (b) The quota hunts shall be for:

††††† 1. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November; and

††††† 2. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in December.

††††† (c) The youth firearm season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (19) Knobs State Forest WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (20) Lake Barkley WMA shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements except:

††††† (a) The North Refuge is closed from November 1 to February 15; and

††††† (b) Duck Island is closed from October 15 to March 15.

††††† (21) Lewis County WMA.

††††† (a) The modern firearm and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except the use of centerfire rifles and handguns shall be prohibited.

††††† (b) The crossbow and muzzleloader seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (22) Livingston County WMA. The crossbow, youth firearm, muzzleloader, and modern firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except a person shall not hunt deer with a modern gun during the modern firearm deer season.

††††† (23) Curtis Gates Lloyd WMA. The crossbow and youth firearms seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (24) Marion County WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow, muzzleloader, and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (b) There shall be a quota hunt for:

††††† 1. Five (5) consecutive days beginning the second Saturday in November; and

††††† 2. Five (5) consecutive days beginning the Thursday following the second Saturday in November.

††††† (c) A quota hunt participant shall not be required to check in and out of the WMA, but shall telecheck or internet-check harvested deer as established in 301 KAR 2:172.

††††† (25) Mill Creek WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (b) The quota hunt shall:

††††† 1. Be for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November; and

††††† 2. Have a one (1) deer bag limit.

††††† (26) Miller-Welch Central Kentucky WMA. The archery and crossbow seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements:

††††† (a) On Monday through Thursday, from the first Saturday in September through December 17, except during scheduled field trials as posted on the area bulletin board; and

††††† (b) December 18 through the third Monday in January.

††††† (27) Mud Camp Creek WMA. The crossbow, youth firearm, and muzzleloader seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (28) Mullins WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide deer requirements.

††††† (29) Ohio River Islands WMA, Stewart Island Unit.

††††† (a) The muzzleloader season shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning the third Saturday in October.

††††† (b) The archery season shall be from the first Saturday in September through October 14.

††††† (c) The crossbow season shall be from October 1 through October 14.

††††† (d) The October youth season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (e) The remainder of the WMA shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (30) Paintsville Lake WMA.

††††† (a) The quota hunt shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November.

††††† (b) The crossbow and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (c) A person shall not use firearms for deer hunting on:

††††† 1. The area extending eastward from the drainage of Glade Branch, along the north edge of the lake, to the No Hunting Area surrounding Rocky Knob Recreation Area and enclosing all property from the WMA boundary downslope to the lake edge; and

††††† 2. The islands to the south and that portion of the area extending eastward along the south edge of the lake from the drainage of Shoal Branch to the No Hunting Area surrounding the dam and ranger station, and extending downslope to the edge of the lake.

††††† (d) A deer hunter shall not take a deer with antlers that have an outside spread less than fifteen (15) inches.

(31) Peabody WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow, youth firearms, and muzzleloader seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (b) The modern firearm season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements for ten (10) consecutive days beginning the second Saturday in November.

††††† (32) Pennyrile State Forest-Tradewater WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (b) The quota hunt shall be for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November.

††††† (c) A deer hunter shall not take a deer with antlers that have an outside spread less than fifteen (15) inches.

††††† (33) Pioneer Weapons WMA. Statewide requirements shall apply except that a person:

††††† (a) Shall not use a modern firearm;

††††† (b) Shall not use an in-line muzzleloading gun;

††††† (c) Shall not use a scope;

††††† (d) May use a crossbow during the entire archery season; and

††††† (e) Shall use only open or iron sights on any weapon.

††††† (34) Redbird WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (35) Dr. James R. Rich WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except during a quota hunt.

††††† (b) The quota hunts shall be for:

††††† 1. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November; and

††††† 2. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in December; and

††††† (c) The youth firearm season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (36) Robinson Forest WMA.

††††† (a) A person shall not hunt deer on the main block of Robinson Forest.

††††† (b) The remainder of the WMA shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (37) Sinking Valley WMA. The crossbow and youth firearms seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (38) Sloughs WMA.

††††† (a) On the Sauerheber Unit, the archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, and youth firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements through October 31, except that the Crenshaw and Duncan II Tracts shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements through the end of modern firearm season.

††††† (b) The remainder of the WMA shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (39)[(38)] South Shore WMA.

††††† (a) The youth firearm, October muzzleloader, and modern firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements through November 14, except that the use of centerfire rifles and handguns shall be prohibited.

††††† (b) The archery and crossbow seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except the area shall be closed November 15 through January 15.

††††† (40)[(39)] T.N. Sullivan WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (41)[(40)] R.F. Tarter WMA. The crossbow, youth firearm, and muzzleloader seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (42)[(41)] Taylorsville Lake WMA.

††††† (a) There shall be a quota hunt for:

††††† 1. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November for antlerless deer;

††††† 2. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in December; and

††††† 3. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in January.

††††† (b) Seven (7) openings shall be reserved in each quota hunt for mobility-impaired persons.

††††† (c) The youth firearm season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (d) The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (e) A participant in the November antlerless-only quota hunt shall be given one (1) preference point for each female deer checked in, up to four (4).

††††† (43)[(42)] Twin Eagle WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (44)[(43)] Paul Van Booven WMA. The crossbow season shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

††††† (45)[(44)] Veteran's Memorial WMA.

††††† (a) The crossbow and youth firearms seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements; and

††††† (b) There shall be a quota hunt for two (2) consecutive days beginning the first Saturday in November.

††††† (46)[(45)] West Kentucky WMA.

††††† (a) All tracts shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements for the archery and crossbow seasons, except that all tracts shall be closed to archery and crossbow hunting during department administered quota and firearm deer hunts.

††††† (b) Tracts 1-6 shall be open to shotgun and muzzleloader hunters participating in the quota and open firearm deer hunts.

††††† (c) Tract 7 and "A" Tracts shall not be open for department administered quota or firearm deer hunts.

††††† (d) The quota hunt shall be for five (5) consecutive days beginning the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

††††† (e) The firearms season shall:

††††† 1. Be for three (3) consecutive days beginning the Saturday preceding the third Monday in January;

††††† 2. Be limited to the first 200 hunters;

††††† 3. Require a hunter to check-in at a designated check station from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time on the day before the hunt or between 4:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time on hunt days;

††††† 4. Shall require a hunter to check out at the designated check station:

††††† a. When finished hunting; or

††††† b. By 7 p.m. Central time on the final day of the hunt;

††††† 5. Have an unlimited bag limit, only one (1) of which may be an antlered deer; and

††††† 6. Require every person to check in during the firearms season, except for:

††††† a. A person traveling on an established public road; or

††††† b. A person in an area designated as open by signs.

††††† (f) Firearm hunters shall not use centerfire rifles or handguns.

††††† (g) All persons shall check in daily at the designated check-in locations before entering the "A" tracts.

††††† (h) A deer hunter shall not take a deer with antlers that have an outside spread of less than fifteen (15) inches.

††††† (i) A participant in the quota hunt or open firearms season shall:

††††† 1. Sign in for the hunting tract of his or her choice at check-in prior to each dayís hunt; and

††††† 2. Except after noon, not hunt outside of that tract.

††††† (47)[(46)] Yatesville WMA. The crossbow, youth firearm, muzzleloader, and modern firearm seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements, except a person shall not take antlerless deer with a firearm during the modern firearm deer season.

††††† (48)[(47)] Yellowbank WMA. The crossbow and youth firearm deer seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements.

 

††††† Section 7. State Park Deer Seasons. (1) A state park may allow archery and crossbow hunting from the first Saturday in September through the third Monday in January for antlered or antlerless deer.

††††† (2) A state park may allow up to sixteen (16) days of firearm hunting and up to eleven (11) days of muzzleloader hunting from the first Saturday in September through the third Monday in January for antlered or antlerless deer.

††††† (3) A state park shall be open to deer hunting as established in this subsection and Section 8 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (a) Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Deer hunting shall be permitted on the first Tuesday of January for two (2) consecutive days.

††††† (b) Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. Deer hunting shall be permitted on the first Tuesday of January for two (2) consecutive days.

††††† (c) Green River Lake State Park.

††††† 1. Archery and crossbow deer hunting shall be permitted beginning the second Thursday of December for four (4) consecutive days.

††††† 2. Archery and crossbow deer hunting shall be permitted beginning the third Thursday of December for four (4) consecutive days.

††††† 3. A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with antlers having an outside spread less than fifteen (15) inches.

††††† (d) Yatesville Lake State Park. Muzzleloading firearm, archery, and crossbow deer hunting shall be permitted pursuant to statewide deer requirements on the third Monday of December for three (3) consecutive days.

††††† (e) Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

††††† 1. Deer hunting shall be permitted on the first Saturday of January for two (2) consecutive days.

††††† 2. The bag limit shall be two (2) deer, only one (1) of which may be antlered.

††††† 3. The hunt shall be open to the first fifteen (15) mobility-impaired persons who check in at the park on the day before the hunt.

††††† 4. A person who participates in the hunt shall comply with the requirements established in 301 KAR 3:026.

††††† 5. A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with antlers having an outside spread less than fifteen (15) inches.

 

††††† Section 8. State Park Deer Hunt Requirements. (1) Except for the open hunts at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and Yatesville Lake State Park, a person shall not hunt on a state park unless:

††††† (a) Selected by a random drawing as established in Section 3 of this administrative regulation;

††††† (b) The person is a member of a successful applicantís hunting party; or

††††† (c) The person was selected as part of a process administered by the Department of Parks, pursuant to Section 7 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (2) A person participating in a state park hunt, except for the quota hunts at Green River Lake State Park and the Yatesville Lake State Park open deer hunt, shall:

††††† (a) Check in and check out as required in Section 5 of this administrative regulation;

††††† (b) Furnish at check-in a driverís license or other form of government-issued identification;

††††† (c) Check in:

††††† 1. Between noon and 8 p.m. Eastern Time the day before the hunt at the state park campground if hunting in the Yatesville Lake State Park open deer hunt; or

††††† 2. At the park the day before the hunt if hunting in the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park deer hunt; and

††††† (d) Not be eligible to apply for a quota hunt the following year if the person does not check out as required in Section 5 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (3) A person participating in a state park deer hunt shall:

††††† (a) Comply with the provisions of 301 KAR 2:172; and

††††† (b) Check harvested deer daily at the designated park check station, except that deer taken in the Green River Lake State Park quota hunts and the open hunts at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and Yatesville Lake State Park shall be telechecked or checked in on the department's Web site at fw.ky.gov, pursuant to 301 KAR 2:172.

††††† (4) A person participating in a state park deer hunt shall not:

††††† (a) Take more than two (2) deer in a quota hunt, only one (1) of which may be antlered;

††††† (b) Hunt over bait;

††††† (c) Injure a tree by using:

††††† 1. A tree stand except a portable stand;

††††† 2. Climbing devices that nail or screw to the tree; or

††††† 3. Climbing spikes;

††††† (d) Leave a deer stand unattended for more than twenty-four (24) hours;

††††† (e) Discharge a firearm within 100 yards of a maintained road or building; and

††††† (f) Hunt:

††††† 1. In an area posted as closed by signs; or

††††† 2. Outside park boundaries.

††††† (5) A person participating in a state park deer hunt, other than the open hunts at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and Yatesville Lake State Park and any department administered state park quota hunt, may take up to two (2) bonus deer per hunt that shall not count toward the statewide limit if the person:

††††† (a) Takes no more than one (1) bonus antlered deer per license year; and

††††† (b) Obtains the valid bonus deer tag from the state park hunt administrators.

 

††††† Section 9. Other Public Lands. (1) On Daniel Boone National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, and Land Between the Lakes, a person shall not use bait, feed, minerals, or other attractants.

††††† (2) The[following] areas established in paragraphs (a) through (g) of this subsection may schedule a firearm, crossbow, or archery deer hunting season between September 1 and January 31:

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

††††† (b) Clarkís River National Wildlife Refuge;

††††† (c) Daniel Boone National Forest;

††††† (d) Jefferson National Forest;

††††† (e) Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area;

††††† (f) Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge; and

††††† (g) Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge.

††††† (3) An area listed in subsection (2) of this section may issue a bonus permit for antlered or antlerless deer, which shall:

††††† (a) Not count against a hunterís statewide bag limit; and

††††† (b) Only be issued for a hunt that is open to the general public.

††††† (4) At Land Between the Lakes, a person:

††††† (a) Shall not take more than:

††††† 1. Two (2) deer during archery hunts; and

††††† 2. One (1) deer during quota hunts;

††††† (b) Who is a quota deer hunter shall:

††††† 1. Apply in advance at Land Between the Lakes; and

††††† 2. Only hunt from one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise until one-half (1/2) hour after sunset; and

††††† (c) Who harvests a deer shall:

††††† 1. Check in the carcass pursuant to U.S. Forest Service requirements; and

††††† 2. Affix a game check card pursuant to U.S. Forest Service requirements.

††††† (5) At Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge:

††††† (a) Zone 1 bag limits shall apply during the open archery season;

††††† (b) A person shall not take more than two (2) deer by firearm, only one (1) of which shall be antlered;

††††† (c) A quota hunt participant shall:

††††† 1. Tag deer with a tag issued by the Refuge; and

††††† 2. Comply with the Refuge check-in requirements; and

††††† (d) A person who is archery hunting shall:

††††† 1. Only take deer using the appropriate statewide or additional deer permit; and

††††† 2. Check harvested deer through the departmentís telephone or online check-in systems.

††††† (6) At Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area:

††††† (a) The archery and crossbow seasons shall be open pursuant to statewide requirements; and

††††† (b) There shall be a quota hunt for:

††††† 1. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the third Saturday in November; and

††††† 2. Two (2) consecutive days beginning the second Saturday in December.

††††† (7) At Twin Knobs Campground, the area shall be closed to all statewide seasons, except that there shall be a quota hunt on the second Saturday in December during odd-numbered years for mobility-impaired persons.

††††† (8) At Zilpo Campground, the area shall be closed to all statewide seasons, except that there shall be a quota hunt on the second Saturday in December during even-numbered years for mobility-impaired persons.

 

††††† Section 10. Special Areas under Federal Control. (1) The[following] areas established in paragraphs (a) through (e) of this subsection may schedule a firearm, archery, or crossbow deer hunting season between September 1 and January 31:

††††† (a) Bluegrass Army Depot;

††††† (b) Fort Campbell;

††††† (c) Fort Knox;

††††† (d) Hidden Valley Training Center; and

††††† (e) Wendell Ford Regional Training Center.

††††† (2) An area listed in subsection (1) of this section may issue a bonus permit for antlered or antlerless deer, which shall:

††††† (a) Not count against a hunterís statewide bag limit; and

††††† (b) Only be issued for a hunt that is open to the general public.

††††† (3) Except on the Hidden Valley Training area, on the areas listed in subsection (1) of this section, a deer hunter shall:

††††† (a) Obtain a permit from the area before hunting;

††††† (b) Only hunt on assigned dates;

††††† (c) Remain in assigned areas;

††††† (d) Tag deer with tags issued on the area, unless otherwise established in this section;

††††† (e) Keep the area tag attached to the deer until the carcass is processed; and

††††† (f) Check deer at a designated check station before leaving the area.

††††† (4) At Bluegrass Army Depot, a person shall not take an antlered deer whose outside antler spread is less than fifteen (15) inches.

††††† (5) At Fort Knox, a person shall not take an antlered deer whose outside antler spread is less than twelve (12) inches.

††††† (6) At Hidden Valley Training Area, a person shall not use a firearm to hunt deer.

 

††††† Section 11. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Quota Hunt Application: Deer Quota Hunt Form", March 2014, is incorporated by reference.

††††† (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, #1 Sportsmanís Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

GREGORY K. JOHNSON, Commissioner

ROBERT H. STEWART, Secretary

††††† APPROVED BY AGENCY: June 6, 2014

††††† FILED WITH LRC: June 11, 2014 at 4 p.m.

††††† PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: A public hearing on this administrative regulation shall be held on July 22, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in the Commission Room of the Arnold L. Mitchell Building, #1 Sportsmanís Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky. Individuals interested in attending this hearing shall notify this agency in writing five business days prior to the hearing of their intent to attend. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing is received by that date, the hearing may be canceled. This hearing is open to the public. Any person who attends will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed administrative regulation. A transcript of the public hearing will not be made unless a written request for a transcript is made. If you do not wish to attend the public hearing, you may submit written comments on the proposed administrative regulation by July 31, 2014. Send written notification of intent to attend the public hearing or written comments on the proposed administrative regulation to:

††††† CONTACT PERSON: Rose Mack, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Arnold L. Mitchell Building, #1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, phone (502) 564-7109, ext. 4507, fax (502) 564-9136, email fwpubliccomments@ky.go.

 

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS AND TIERING STATEMENT

 

Contact Person: Rose Mack

††††† (1) Provide a brief summary of:

††††† (a) What this administrative regulation does: This regulation establishes the deer hunting seasons, limits, and equipment restrictions under which deer may be taken on wildlife management areas, state parks, and other lands controlled by state or federal government agencies.

††††† (b) The necessity of this administrative regulation: To establish deer hunting seasons, limits, and methods of taking deer to control and manage deer populations and hunting pressure on wildlife management areas, state parks, and other public lands.

††††† (c) How this administrative regulation conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 150.025(1) authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to promulgate administrative regulations governing hunting seasons, including deer. KRS 150.390(1) prohibits the taking of deer in any manner contrary to any provisions of KRS Chapter 150 or its administrative regulations. KRS 150.620 authorizes the department to manage public lands for hunting and fishing.

††††† (d) How this administrative regulation currently assists or will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: This administrative regulation will assist in the administration of the statute by establishing guidelines for effectively managing deer herds on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), state parks, and other public lands, including the establishment of guidelines to ensure safe, orderly hunting practices on public lands.

††††† (2) If this is an amendment to an existing administrative regulation, provide a brief summary of:

††††† (a) How the amendment will change this existing administrative regulation: This amendment adds a new WMA, Sinking Valley WMA in Pulaski County, along with establishing the deer hunting opportunities for the area. It also contains modifications to conform with administrative regulation style requirements.

††††† (b) The necessity of the amendment to this administrative regulation: This amendment is necessary to maximize hunter opportunity without harm to the deer resource.

††††† (c) How the amendment conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: See (1)(c) above.

††††† (d) How the amendment will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: See (1)(d) above.

††††† (3) List the type and number of individuals, businesses, organizations, or state and local governments affected by this administrative regulation: It is unknown how many deer hunters will hunt on Sinking Valley WMA, but the addition of this area will certainly increase deer hunting opportunity in Pulaski County. Youth deer hunters will be able to hunt with a firearm during youth firearms deer season.

††††† (4) Provide an analysis of how the entities identified in question (3) will be impacted by either the implementation of this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change, if it is an amendment, including:

††††† (a) List the actions that each of the regulated entities identified in question (3) will have to take to comply with this administrative regulation or amendment: Those who hunt deer on WMAs and state parks must comply with the individual hunt requirements for those sites, as listed in the fall hunting guide produced by the department. This will also be true for those who choose to hunt Sinking Valley WMA.

††††† (b) In complying with this administrative regulation or amendment, how much will it cost each of the entities identified in question (3): There will be no direct cost to hunters as a result of this amendment to the administrative regulation.

††††† (c) As a result of compliance, what benefits will accrue to the entities identified in question (3): Deer hunters will benefit from increased hunting opportunity on the new WMA. Youth deer hunters will benefit during youth firearms seasons.

††††† (5) Provide an estimate of how much it will cost the administrative body to implement this administrative regulation:

††††† (a) Initially: There will be no additional cost to the agency to implement this regulation.

††††† (b) On a continuing basis: There will be no additional cost on a continuing basis.

††††† (6) What is the source of the funding to be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation: The source of funding is the State Game and Fish Fund.

††††† (7) Provide an assessment of whether an increase in fees or funding will be necessary to implement this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change if it is an amendment: It will not be necessary to increase a fee or funding to implement this administrative regulation.

††††† (8) State whether or not this administrative regulation established any fees or directly or indirectly increased any fees: This administrative regulation does not establish or increase any fees.

††††† (9) TIERING: Is tiering applied? Tiering was not used because all persons who hunt deer on WMAs, state parks, or other public lands are required to abide by these guidelines.

 

FISCAL NOTE ON STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

††††† (1) What units, parts, or divisions of state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) will be impacted by this administrative regulation? The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resourcesí Wildlife and Law Enforcement Divisions will be affected by this regulation.

††††† (2) Identify each state or federal statute or federal regulation that requires or authorizes the action taken by the administrative regulation. KRS 148.029(5), 150.025(1), 150.390(1) and 150.620.

††††† (3) Estimate the effect of this administrative regulation on the expenditures and revenues of a state or local government agency (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first full year the administrative regulation is to be in effect.

††††† (a) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first year? No revenue will be generated for the first year.

††††† (b) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for subsequent years? No revenue will be generated in subsequent years.

††††† (c) How much will it cost to administer this program for the first year? There will be no additional costs to administer this program for the first year.

††††† (d) How much will it cost to administer this program for subsequent years? There will no additional costs to administer this program in subsequent years.

††††† Note: If specific dollar estimates cannot be determined, provide a brief narrative to explain the fiscal impact of the administrative regulation.

††††† Revenues (+/-):

††††† Expenditures (+/-):

††††† Other Explanation: