Friday, 06 06, 2014
Lee McClellan 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4443
– The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife
Commission today recommended 2014-2015 early migratory bird season dates and a
lengthening of the dove seasons. All recommendations must be approved by
legislators before they become law.
Proposed early migratory bird seasons
for 2014-2015 include:
Sept. 1 – Oct. 26; Nov. 27 – Dec. 7;
Dec. 20, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015
September Canada Goose
Sept. 1 – 15
Wood Duck and Teal
Sept. 17 – 21
Nov. 1 – Dec. 15
Virginia and Sora Rail, Common Moorhen and Purple Gallinule
Sept. 1 – Nov. 9
Sept. 17 – Oct. 26; Nov. 27, 2014 –
Feb. 1, 2015
Dec. 13, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015
Other recommendations approved by
commissioners at their quarterly meeting today included: An additional 20 days
of dove season for 2014-2015; daily bag limit for the September Canada goose
season increased from three to five birds; and daily bag limit for teal
increased from four to six birds during the combined wood duck and teal season.
In other wildlife-related business, the
commission proposed several changes for the 2015 wild turkey seasons. These
include allowing hunters to use .410-gauge shotguns during any open turkey
season, a smaller gauge that is friendlier for youth than is currently allowed.
Commission members also voted to
allow archery and crossbow hunters to take four bird fall turkey season bag
limit during any fall season for turkeys, beginning in 2015. Currently, archery
and crossbow turkey hunters must take two of their four bird fall season bag
limit during the fall firearm turkey season.
In trapping-related business, the commission
recommended removing the 10-foot spacing requirement for traps on private land.
The 10-foot spacing requirement remains on public land.
They also recommended restricting the
use of body-gripping traps on lands owned or managed by Kentucky Fish and
Wildlife to 110-type traps for land sets. They also proposed establishing a
standard means of registering trappers on wildlife management areas (WMAs) to
avoid user conflicts. Trappers are exempt from hunter orange clothing
Upon receipt of the tag, CITES tags
must be immediately attached to bobcats or river otters. These two species must
be telechecked before leaving Kentucky. These regulations begin in March 2015.
For the fall 2014 seasons, the new
804-acre Sinking Valley WMA in eastern Pulaski County will be open under
statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons except for deer. For
deer, the WMA will be open for youth firearms, bow and crossbow seasons
In boating and fishing-related
business, the commission proposed lifting the 10-horsepower boat motor limit at
Beaver Lake in Anderson County, Kincaid Lake in Pendleton County, Elmer Davis
Lake in Owen County, Shanty Hollow Lake in Warren County, Corinth, Bullock Pen
and Boltz lakes in Grant County, and Swan Lake in Ballard County. Boats must be
22 feet or less; those motors larger than 10 horsepower will have to operate at
idle speed only. Boats with motors 10 horsepower and under may be operated at
any speed on these lakes. This regulation will go into effect in October 2014.
Finally, the commission voted to
prohibit the harvest of alligator gar statewide, including by bowfishing. The
department will also implement a free online paddlefish harvest permit system
in order to gauge the population status of this species. These regulations will
go into effect March 1, 2015.
The next Kentucky Fish
and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.
Meetings are held in the Arnold Mitchell Building, located at 1 Sportsman’s
Lane in Frankfort.