deer hunting

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

A Boone County man is facing multiple wildlife-related and other charges following an investigation by Kentucky conservation officers into the killing of a trophy deer in northern Kenton County.

Robert J. Koch, 58, of Union, Kentucky is charged with hunting on private property without permission, illegally killing the deer and improperly reporting the harvest.

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources began investigating Thursday, Nov. 5 after receiving a photo of the deceased deer that had been circulating.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

Hunters can learn the age of their harvested deer and help the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources monitor the health of the state’s deer and elk herds through a new voluntary program available this fall.

The department is establishing Deer Sample Collection Stations at several locations across the state, where hunters may submit the heads of their legally harvested and tele-checked deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing and aging.


Acting to protect Kentucky wildlife from chronic wasting disease, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources on Monday expanded its ban against hunters bringing any harvested deer, elk or other cervid into the Bluegrass State unless the brain and spinal cord of the carcass have been removed.

The ban now applies to cervids harvested from all U.S. states and all foreign countries.


New public land deer hunting regulations highlighted the quarterly meeting of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday, Dec. 7.

The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations to the Kentucky General Assembly for approval. The Legislature must approve regulation recommendations before they become law.

The commission proposed changes for deer quota hunts on several wildlife management areas (WMAs) and state parks. These changes would become effective for the 2019-2020 deer seasons:

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A record 106,797 deer were taken over Kentucky’s 16-day modern gun season that concluded Nov. 25, topping the previous record from 2015 by almost 1,400 deer.

“We anticipated an increase in harvest for the season due to several changes in deer regulations implemented earlier this year,” said Gabe Jenkins, Deer and Elk Program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

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Many deer hunters rejoiced this past weekend over a break in a weather pattern that had been alternating between stifling heat and soaking rains.

A cool down coincided with the two-day gun season for youth deer hunters. It also excited archery and crossbow hunters getting into the woods, blinds and tree stands.

“It wasn’t really fit to do much but go hunting,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We saw good participation over the weekend.”

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

When Kentucky’s 2018 deer season opens Sept. 1, a number of new regulations will be in place.

Deer hunters should note the following changes for the upcoming season:

•The modern gun deer season has been lengthened in Zones 3 and 4 and will now be 16 days across all zones, opening Nov. 10 and continuing through Nov. 25, 2018.

•The statewide and youth deer permits now allow for the harvest of up to four deer. While the harvest allotment for statewide and youth deer permits has increased, the one-buck rule remains in place statewide.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Looking at the total number of deer harvested by hunters in Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, it would appear nothing was out of the ordinary.

The season ended earlier this month. When it did, hunters had combined to take more than 136,000 deer across the state, making it the sixth consecutive season with a harvest total greater than 130,000 and the fifth highest total on record in Kentucky.

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The recent cold snap experienced across Kentucky effectively ended the state’s worst outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer in a decade.

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is a viral disease transmitted to deer by biting flies or midges. It does not affect people or pets, and outbreaks cease at the first frost, which kills the bugs.


The morning air is crisp and comfortable. Dew blankets the grass and clings to spider webs that glisten as the sun’s rays find them.

A late August taste of fall is enough to get any deer hunter excited with anticipation about what is around the corner.

The 2017-18 deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Kentucky with the start of the 136-day archery season. The crossbow, youth gun, muzzleloader and modern gun seasons follow later this fall.

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The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new deer and elk hunting regulations at its quarterly meeting Dec 2.

The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

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Cold air poured into Kentucky over the past weekend and dropped overnight low temperatures below freezing across much of the state.

The cool down didn’t cool off the deer hunting. It’s been hot since early September.

“Good numbers of deer across the state coupled with a cool and wet summer and sub-par mast production means we are ripe for some high harvest numbers,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The early returns support his assertion.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts have new destinations to consider this fall with two parcels in Bath and Owen counties now open for public use.

The new tracts, acquired by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, expand Clay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by 467 acres and Dr. James R. Rich WMA by 601 acres. Each is open to hunting under the regulations currently in place for their respective WMAs.

Abingdon Outdoors

Kentucky will help Wisconsin boost its elk herd by providing 150 elk cows, calves and yearling male elk over the next 3-5 years.

“Kentucky’s own free-ranging elk herd began with the release of seven elk from Kansas in 1997,” said Commissioner Gregory K. Johnson of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We eventually released more than 1,500 elk from six states to create a herd of approximately 10,000 elk in Kentucky today.”


Kentucky waterfowl hunters now have additional days in September to pursue teal.

A teal-only season that is new for 2014 runs from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25. A combined wood duck and teal season opens Sept. 17 and closes Sept. 21. Hunters may harvest up to six teal a day during the experimental teal-only season.


Generations of hunters have honed basic hunting skills and techniques and provided tasty table fare by stalking the forest for squirrels.

For a young Chris Garland, squirrel hunting provided a gateway into the woods and remains a family tradition.

Oh Deer....Motorists Urged To Drive With Caution

Oct 14, 2013

Since the end of World War II, Kentucky’s deer herd population has increased 900 percent. They’re a common and costly hazard along the Commonwealth’s highways.  This is the time of year with the biggest risk of collisions.

With deer plentiful, the fall hunting season is underway in virtually every Kentucky county.  However, Mark Marraccini with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, says that certainly wasn’t the case in the 1950’s.