FRANKFORT, Ky. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff want to hear what residents have to say about deer numbers in the Redbird Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Clay and Leslie counties.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife personnel will join state Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service for the listening session. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. It is being held in the Tim Lee Carter Building, located at 178 Wendover Road in Hyden.

Redbird WMA consists of 24,000 acres located within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Although owned by the U.S. Forest Service, it is managed by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Redbird WMA is 95 percent forested with approximately 100 acres of openings.

Clay and Leslie counties are located in Zone 4, the most harvest-restricted statewide designation in Kentucky. In response to previous hunter concerns about low deer numbers, the department this season made Redbird WMA a bow-only hunting area for deer.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will provide a brief overview of deer management in the area to open the meeting to public comments.



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