On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Kentucky Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee (ARRS) met to consider numerous proposed regulation changes from various state agencies. Among these was a proposed change from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) that would expand the dates for the use of a crossbow in hunting whitetail deer, 301 KAR 2:172.
Representatives from KDFWR, Commissioner Rich Storm and Deputy Commissioners Karen Waldrop and Brian Clark, first presented the changes to the committee. Next, individuals in support of the change spoke. This included Kentucky Crossbow Federation President Perry McClure, League of Kentucky Sportsmen President Chet Hayes, and QDMA Kentucky President Pete Blandford. Also present were KCF Secretary/Treasurer Mary Kathryn DeLodder and member Jim Von Hoene.
Following the supportive testimony was the testimony of several individuals opposed to the expansion. The KDFWR representatives then responded to some of the comments made, and the committee members asked questions throughout.
The ARRS Committee does not take a yes or no vote to rule for or against regulations. Rather, they may rule that a regulation is deficient per KRS 13A.030. The Committee did not find the proposed regulation changes deficient, and therefore, the changes move forward to be implemented. The new regulation will become effective on May 31, 2019.
With these changes, Kentucky crossbow season for whitetail deer will open on the 3rd Saturday in September and close on the 3rd Monday in January. For 2019-20, this will be September 21 through January 20. There will no longer be blackout dates in the middle of the season. Also new is that youth (under 16) will be allowed to use a crossbow starting the 1st Saturday in September, as will continue to be the case for those age 65+ and those with a medical waiver.
We are very close to the final step in the process of crossbow season being expanded in Kentucky. As you know, the KDFWR has proposed to expand the season so that it would begin the 3rd Saturday in September and run continuously through the 3rd Monday in January. This proposal will go before a committee of legislators on April 9, the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee.
It is important that these legislators hear from those who support this change, as we know the minority who oppose it will be vocal.
Here are the important ways you can contact these legislators. We encourage you to do each of these things.
1. Call the LRC Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 and ask to leave the following message for all members of the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee. “Please vote to approve the changes to 301 KAR 2:172 to expand the crossbow hunting season in Kentucky as presented by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.” The call takes two minutes or less, and every member of your household who is 18 or older can call every week day. Feel free to call several times between now and April 9.
2. E-mail the committee members and let them know you support the change. Your subject line should be “301 KAR 2:172 for April 9th ARRS meeting.” The main message to include in the body of your e-mail is, “Please vote to approve the changes to 301 KAR 2:172 to expand the crossbow hunting season in Kentucky as presented by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.” Feel free to include other details as to your reason for supporting the change, and include your home address in your e-mail.
3. Send the committee members a physical letter. You can send this to their office, home address, or both. Be sure to list your home address in the letter, and we recommend hand addressing the outside of the envelope. Contact info for all is listed at the bottom of this message.
4. If one of the committee members is your senator or representative, please call them at home if their home number is available. You can also request to meet with them in your local area prior to April 9th. Often times they are happy to meet in a local coffee shop or other public place.
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On March 15-16, the Kentucky state tournament for the National Archery in the Schools Program was held in Louisville, KY. KCF was invited to assist with a crossbow range in the vendor area. Several KCF members attended over the two days to assist and talk to students and adults about crossbow usage. Thanks to KDFWR for inviting us to participate!
On January 14, the Dept of Fish and Wildlife Resources formally submitted the regulation changes to the crossbow deer hunting season that were approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in June 2018. This change would expand the current crossbow season to begin on the 3rd Saturday in September and run continuously through the 3rd Monday in January.
While this change is does not bring crossbow season into full alignment with the current archery season (which begins the 1st Saturday in September), Kentucky Crossbow Federation views this proposed change as a major positive step for crossbow hunters in our state with a significant gain of additional crossbow hunting days.
Another change included in the proposal would allow youth to hunt from the 1st Saturday in September through the 3rd Monday in January (same as the now regulation for a crossbow hunter age 65 or older).
We are asking that all KCF members and all who support crossbow hunting do one of the following things:
Submit your written comments by mail, fax, or e-mail in SUPPORT of these changes to KDFWR by February 28, 2019 to:
MAIL: Mark Cramer Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Arnold L. Mitchell Building #1 Sportsman’s Lane Frankfort, KY 40601 FAX: (502) 564-0506 E-MAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Comment Hearing
You can attend the public comment hearing in person on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:00am EST at the Dept of Fish and Wildlife Resources in the Commission Room of the Arnold L. Mitchell Building, #1 Sportsman’s Lane in Frankfort. You should contact the Dept no later than February 15 to let them know you plan to attend. You can use the contact info listed above for Mark Cramer to give your notice, as well as the phone number (502) 564-3400.
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From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources:
New Regulations Finalized for Kentucky’s 2018-19 Deer Season
Some changes to Kentucky’s deer hunting regulations are now in effect for the 2018-19 season. These changes are highlighted below.
For more information, consult the updated 2018-19 Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide. The printed version of the updated fall Hunting & Trapping Guide guide will be available by mid to late September at locations that sell hunting and fishing licenses. You can always find up-to-date hunting, fishing and boating guides and other related information at our website, fw.ky.gov.
Significant Changes for this Season
Modern gun deer season will now be 16 days across all zones (Zones 1,2,3,4)
Deer Permit now allows holder to harvest up to 4 deer (zone bag limits apply)
Youth Deer Permit now allows holder to harvest up to 4 deer (zone bag limits apply)
Sportsman’s License, Senior Sportsman’s License & Disabled Sportsman’s License each now allow holders to harvest up to 4 deer (zone bag limits apply)
Hunters may harvest more deer by purchasing Additional Deer Permits (2 deer per permit; zone bag limits apply)
Bag limits by zone
Hunters may still only take 1 buck statewide during the season; this has not changed.
Each zone’s bag limit is now separate (not cumulative across zones); hunters may now harvest up to the zone-specific bag limit in each zone, if they have valid deer permits to do so
Zone 1 – Hunters may harvest an unlimited number of antlerless deer with purchase of Additional Deer Permits
Zone 2 – Hunters may harvest up to 4 deer
Zone 3 – Hunters may harvest up to 4 deer, no more than 1 antlerless deer may be taken with a firearm or qualifying air gun
Zone 4 – Hunters may harvest up to 2 deer (one antlered. one antlerless), no antlerless deer harvest during October muzzleloader season, modern gun season and the first 6 days of December muzzleloader season. While hunters may only harvest 2 deer each in Zone 4, they may harvest the 2 remaining deer on their Deer Permit (or on a Sportsman’s License) in Zones 1-3
Explanation of bag limits by zone:
Hunters may now take a separate bag limit of deer in each zone. For example, during the season, a hunter may take: 2 deer in Zone 4; plus 4 deer in Zone 3; plus four deer in Zone 2; plus an unlimited number of antlerless deer in Zone 1. Note that Additional Deer Permits (two deer per permit) are required to harvest more than 4 deer. As always, a hunter may only harvest 1 antlered deer (buck) statewide.
Why the change? In Kentucky, fewer than 7 percent of successful hunters take more than 2 deer in a season; fewer than 1 percent take more than 4 deer. Kentucky Fish & Wildlife encourages hunters to help manage the state’s deer population through legal hunting during the deer season by: 1) harvesting more does in Zone 1 counties; and 2) helping farmers who are experiencing crop damage from deer by harvesting more does. We also encourage hunters to consider donating part of their harvest to Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry to help feed those in need.
32 counties have changed deer zones this season:
Zone 1 – Union, Henderson, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, Mercer, Mason and Hart counties have changed to Zone 1 from Zone 2
Zone 2 – Warren, Allen, Monroe, Barren, Metcalfe, Adair, Edmonson, Butler, Breckinridge, Meade, Hancock, Daviess, Taylor, Casey, Lincoln, Boyle, Madison, Clark, Montgomery and Bath counties have changed to Zone 2 from Zone 3
Zone 3 – Garrard, Pulaski, Wayne and Laurel counties have changed to Zone 3 from Zone 4
These changes began in 2016, with a survey of hunters and their suggestions for changes to the deer regulations. During the following year, the department held a number of meetings with advisory groups and sportsman’s groups to craft new deer management regulations that served the best interests of hunters and landowners as a whole.
The Wildlife Committee of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission (board) discussed these changes at a public meeting held in February 2018. The full Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission voted on these changes during a public meeting held in March 2018.
The department followed these public discussions with press releases detailing each proposed change and the reasons behind each.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife values input from the public on all proposed regulations. The Commission conducts quarterly public meetings in December, March, June and September. The Commission conducts Committee meetings in November, February, May and August. These are open to the public. Check the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov for agendas.
We hope you have a great hunting season and thank you for your support!
KCF was well represented at the 2018 Whistler’s Day in Burlington KY. This event was sponsored by Quail Forever. 295 children were present as well as their parents, grandparents, and other family members. The kids had a great time shooting crossbows, and many adults were educated as well on crossbows and our mission. Huge Thank You to Quail Forever for the invite!