Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will lead a community discussion Aug. 3 concerning potential options to address the aging Great Crossing Dam near Georgetown.

The event is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Great Crossing High School, 120 Betsy Way, Georgetown. It will be an opportunity to meet officials from the department as well as other entities, ask questions and provide feedback.


A joint law enforcement investigation by officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has resulted in charges against two Tennessee men in both states and uncovered suspected violations in others.

A shooting from the road complaint received by Kentucky Conservation Officer Trevor Lowe in April and his subsequent follow-up about the vehicle witnesses believed was involved produced evidence of alleged poaching activity by Sid Herring, 51, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Stefan Brownlie, 38, of Portland, Tennessee.

Fast Cast Rods

Try your hand at fishing in Kentucky at no charge June 5-6, 2021 during free fishing weekend.

With summer nearly here, the first weekend of June is a great time to grab a fishing pole and enjoy spending time with family and friends at the state’s beautiful lakes, streams and rivers.

Whether you are visiting from outside the state or you live in Kentucky, free fishing weekend is open to all. You won’t need a fishing license or a trout permit, but make sure you still follow the size and number limits on what you catch.

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Fooling a spring gobbler and calling it into range is challenging for even the most experienced turkey hunter.

Conservation educators with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are developing a new virtual web series to lessen the learning curve for hunters of all experience levels.

The five-part series debuts March 4 on the department’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/FishandWildlifeKY) as part of the agency’s Field to Fork program, which teaches adult participants the basics of how to successfully hunt and process their harvest.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Applications are now being accepted for 12 conservation officer positions with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The deadline to apply is 7 p.m. (EST) on March 5.

Applicants must be 21 years old and possess a valid driver’s license. Preferred candidates will have Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) certification.

Positions are available in 12 counties. Available counties are Bath, Boyd, Christian, Clinton, Graves, Hopkins, Livingston, Madison, Russell, Todd, Wayne and Webster.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

On Dec. 4, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommended hunting and fishing regulations on behalf of the sportspersons of the commonwealth.

The Commission recommended the following hunting regulations:

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

Recycle your real Christmas tree after the holiday season by donating it for use by Kentucky’s underwater inhabitants.

Starting Dec. 26, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be accepting natural Christmas trees at more than two dozen drop-off locations across the state for its annual Christmas for the Fishes program. Tree collection will continue between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 15, 2021.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Waterfowl hunters, anglers and boaters should anticipate limited access to portions of five bays on Kentucky Lake periodically over the next several weeks as officials evaluate experimental Asian Carp harvest techniques.

The clearing of submerged debris from designated “Asian Carp Harvest Areas” starts Dec. 1 in parts of Smith and Pisgah bays. Similar clearing of harvest areas also will occur in parts of the Sledd Creek, Ledbetter Creek and Vickers embayments.

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 Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

The arrival of autumn signifies the approaching end of another year as nature prepares for winter dormancy. However, with beautiful fall colors also comes an increase in vehicles encountering deer in roadways.

Drivers should be aware of deer throughout the year, but the months of October through December bring a spike in deer-related accidents. Shorter periods of daylight and cooler temperatures trigger the deer breeding season – known as the “rut” – putting whitetails on the move.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

Hunters now have an additional 56,000 acres open for public hunting under new hunting access area agreements in eastern Kentucky.

The new areas include locations in Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, McCreary, Perry and Pike counties.

New hunting access areas (HAA) consist of land previously not open to the public and additions to existing access areas. New areas and changes to existing ones include:

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a public meeting Aug. 6 to discuss the proposed construction of a shooting range for public use and law enforcement training at Veterans Memorial Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Scott County.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. It will be held outdoors at the proposed site off 173 Rogers Gap Road near Georgetown, Kentucky.

A map of the area is available on the department’s website at: http://fw.ky.gov by searching under the keywords, “Veterans Memorial.”

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With the recent summer-like temperatures, many people have been getting outdoors to enjoy Kentucky’s lakes and streams. If not careful, a fun day swimming or boating can turn tragic in a matter of seconds.

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources investigate boating accidents and fatalities on all waterways and reservoirs throughout the state. Often, they work alongside local partners in search and recovery efforts.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

New bass fishing techniques or presentations are cast into the marketplace seemingly every year and become the newest rage, pushing established techniques into the prop wash of the next new thing.

The spybaiting presentation is one of those new techniques that made a splash a few years ago and faded a bit with time, but this hasn’t impacted its unique ability to catch bass suspended in the water column when the water is still cold.

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Farmers can earn extra money and support Kentucky’s hunting heritage by participating in the Cooperative Dove Field Program offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The program leases privately owned and managed fields for public dove hunting in the fall.

Enrollment is open through March 10, 2020.

“This creative program gives our farmers an additional income opportunity, and enables a safe and successful hunting season for many Kentucky families in the fall,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

Meet staff from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and become more involved with wildlife conservation at several boat and outdoor shows ongoing through March.

With proof of hunters or boaters education registration, outdoor enthusiasts can receive free admission to shows in Louisville, Paducah and Lexington in Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Time is running out to apply for the most coveted elk hunt in the eastern United States.

Hunters have until midnight (Eastern time) on Tuesday, April 30, to apply for Kentucky’s quota elk hunt. Applications are available online at fw.ky.gov, or by clicking this link.

Hunts are open to Kentucky residents and non-residents. Adults and youth may apply. The cost is $10 per application. Although hunters can apply for multiple permits, they may only be drawn for one.

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The arrival of spring means bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. An increase in activity can also mean an increase in bear complaints for those living in areas with established populations.

For those experiencing bear problems, it may be easier to change your own habits, rather than trying to change the bear’s habits.

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The John A. Kleber Wildlife Management Area (WMA) recently expanded by 378 acres in Owen County. The new area is now open for turkey hunting.

The Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program recently concluded a stream restoration on Minors Creek, a tributary of Elm Fork that flows through the heart of the main tract of Kleber WMA. The new acreage adjoins a section of the main tract of Kleber WMA, south of the rifle and pistol range.

Fly Fisherman

Hatchery crews with the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked 38,000 cutthroat trout in late March in the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam.

“These are surplus Yellowstone strain cutthroat trout from Norfork National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas,” said Dave Dreves, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “All we had to do was go get them. There is no cost for these fish, other than transportation costs. This is the first time cutthroat trout have been stocked in the state.”

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The latest results of chronic wasting disease testing of Kentucky deer and elk returned encouraging news: none of the tests came back positive for the fatal brain disease that affects members of the deer family.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ monitoring of the state’s deer and elk herd for chronic wasting disease (CWD) will be among the topics covered at four public CWD forums planned across the state in the coming weeks.

Daily Gazette

Turkey hunters will not want to miss the next installment of “Kentucky Afield” television.

With the youth and general spring turkey seasons fast approaching, hunters can submit questions before and during a special one-hour “Kentucky Afield” call-in show that airs live at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, March 23 on Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

Brown trout were stocked last spring for the first time in Cannon Creek Lake and Fagan Branch Lake. Now the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has added Greenbo Lake to its brown trout stocking program.

Greenbo Lake, a 176-acre lake in Greenup County, received its first ever stocking of brown trout in February. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife stocked 2,000 brown trout in the lake.

The Servant’s Closet

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are teaming with The Servant’s Closet and Leslie County government to deliver supplies to residents stranded by flooding in the headwaters of Buckhorn Lake.

“The lake is higher than I’ve ever seen it,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Lt. Greg Watts. “The county was just overwhelmed. They didn’t have any boats or any way to get supplies to people, so we were happy to help them out.”

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

An old blues song “High Water Everywhere” lamented the damage caused by the great 1927 Mississippi River flood.

Kentuckians so far this winter can empathize with those sentiments. Many rivers still run high, Lake Cumberland is at summer pool in January and other reservoirs are well above winter pool. The weather forecast calls for more rain, followed by wicked cold.

The spring fishing season seems eons away, but it is not. March will be here in little more than a month, bringing warm winds, a new license year and some new fishing regulations that go into effect March 1.

Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet

Rich Storm of Carlisle, Ky., has been appointed as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, replacing Frank Jemley of Louisville, who has served as the agency’s acting Commissioner since March 2018.

“Rich Storm has been an exemplary leader in his time on the Fish and Wildlife Commission,” said Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Don Parkinson. “We are happy to welcome him into this new role and are confident in his ability to promote unity, accountability, and transparency throughout the agency.”


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.


Online applications are being taken through Nov. 15 for youth and mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts at two state-owned fish hatcheries near Frankfort and Morehead. Hunts will be available on each Saturday and Sunday in January 2019.

Hunts are being held at the Minor Clark Fish Hatchery in Rowan County and the Pete Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery in Franklin County.


Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the award of the state’s first-ever fish house contract, in an innovative step to attack the Asian carp problem in western Kentucky and encourage job growth in the region.

Bevin announced that Kentucky Fish Center, LLC of Wickliffe, Ky. has won the contract to establish the fish house, which will expand the market for Kentucky-caught Asian carp.