Join by June 1 and Win a Crossbow!

Thanks to the fine folks at Excalibur Crossbow, we are able to offer another membership drive contest! Join Kentucky Crossbow Federation between now and June 1, 2019, and be entered to win a brand new Excalibur Matrix G340.

“The G340 brings 35 years of Excalibur’s legendary design together with lightweight materials to produce our most powerful SMF series crossbow to date. The G340’s fibre-reinforced mainframe is completely weatherproof and combined with our durability proven recurve limb design, it provides the rugged reliability you have come to expect from Excalibur crossbows.”

The package includes:

  • Dead Zone Scope
  • 1 inch Rings
  • Four Arrow Quiver
  • Three Diablo Arrows with 100gr Field Points
  • Assassin Owner’s Manual
  • Rope Cocking Aid

Current members can enter the contest by referring new members or renewing their own membership.

Annual memberships are $25 for individuals, $30 for a family, or $250 for a lifetime membership. Visit our membership page to join today!

Proposed Changes to KY Crossbow Season and How You Can Help

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).

You can view the entire document with proposed changes at https://fw.ky.gov/Documents/2172.pdf


Next Steps – Action Required

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:fwpubliccomments@ky.gov

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.

Crossbow hunting in Kentucky on a Fall day.

New Membership Perks Available

We are excited to announce two new membership perks! Members of the Kentucky Crossbow Federation can now access discounts on products from Excalibur Crossbows and Tactacam.

Excalibur Crossbows for over 35 years have been the #1 choice for crossbow hunters. Excalibur crossbows have proven time and time again to be the toughest, most reliable and accurate on the market and the only crossbow that can be Fixed-In-The-Field.

Tactacam makes outdoor cameras for all your hunting needs. Attach any Tactacam to your bow, crossbow or firearm, push the power on auto record button to start recording. Push the button again when you want to stop recording. Yes, it’s that simple… Tactacam is easy-to-use and doesn’t interfere with your hunt.

Discounts vary based on the products, but average around 20%. To take advantage of the discounts, members should contact KCF President Perry McClure at (859) 428-4744. Perry will confirm discounts on the items and assist you in placing your order. Browse each company’s website for information on their products!

Not yet a member of Kentucky Crossbow Federation? Join here.

Congratulations to Contest Winners

Congratulations to our new members who won prizes in our new member giveaway!

➡️3rd Prize- Gary Williams
-2 packages of hyper shock gobbler broadheads
-Hurricane crossbow target

➡️2nd Prize- Brian Petway
-1 package of True fire broadheads
-2 packages of Hyper shock gobbler broadheads
-Hurricane crossbow target

➡️Grand Prize- Carl Kaster
-Parker Crossbow Package
-15 arrows with field points
-Hurricane crossbow target
-1 package Rage broadheads
-2 packages of Hyper shock Gobbler broadheads

Thanks to our prize donors, Parker Bows and FeraDyne Outdoors! A Kentucky Crossbow Federation officer will be in touch with all winners ASAP to arrange getting your items to you.

Finalized Kentucky Deer Regulations for 2018

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.

2018-19 Deer Seasons Chart

Significant Changes for this Season

Season Structure

  • Modern gun deer season will now be 16 days across all zones (Zones 1,2,3,4)

Deer Permits

  • 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.

Deer Zones

  • 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

 Deer Zones

 

Background

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!

Major Changes to Kentucky Crossbow Season for 2019-2020

MAJOR CHANGES TO KENTUCKY CROSSBOW SEASON FOR 2019-2020

The KDFWR Commission met on Friday, June 15, 2019. Kentucky Crossbow Federation president Perry McClure was present, along with other KCF members. At that meeting, they approved the following for the 2019-2020 hunting season.

  • The crossbow season will begin on the 3rd Saturday of September and run continuously until the 3rd Monday in January.
  • Youth under the age of 16 may hunt with a crossbow starting on the first Saturday in September.

While this still carves out the first two or so weeks of September, it represents a significant increase in days that a crossbow may be used over the previous crossbow season. The previous season was October 1 through the end of the third full weekend in October, and from the second Saturday in November through December 31. The increase represents approximately 47 additional crossbow hunting days, depending on the year and where the dates fall.

The next step for these date changes will be to be reviewed by the legislative committee known as the Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee. This eight-member committee includes both state Senators and Representatives and typically meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month at 1pm in Frankfort. As soon as we are able to confirm when these regulation changes will be on the Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee agenda, Kentucky Crossbow Federation will let you know so that you can contact the members to express your support for these changes.

Updates from LKS 2018 Convention

Update from League of Kentucky Sportsmen 2018 Convention

On June 9, the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, of which KCF is a member, had its annual business meeting in Somerset, KY. KCF vice president Eric DeLodder and member Scott DeLodder attended as voting delegates to represent KCF.

At the meeting, a resolution proposed by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) was adopted by LKS. This resolution, which can be viewed here, called for LKS to support the expansion of crossbow season, representing a change in the stance of the League which was previously not in support of expanding crossbow season.

Because Kentucky Crossbow Federation joined LKS after the deadline to formally submit resolutions, we had submitted an “emergency” resolution (meaning submitted after the deadline) mirroring the resolution proposed by QDMA. Because the QDMA resolution passed, it was not necessary for LKS to consider the KCF resolution

A second resolution relating to crossbows was also passed by the league, which you can read at the same link above. This resolution, proposed by the Campbell County Bowhunters, calls for LKS to endorse the requirement that youth under 15 years of age, while hunting with a crossbow, be accompanied by an adult who shall be in a position to take control of the crossbow at all times during big game seasons. As far as we know, KDFWR is not considering this, but if they did, this means that the League of Kentucky Sportsmen would be in support.

A full summary of the LKS business meeting is currently posted on the LKS homepage.

KCF Vice President Eric DeLodder and member Scott DeLodder at the 2018 LKS Convention in Somerset.

Update from 3/23/18 KDFWR Commission Meeting

Kentucky Crossbow Federation president Perry McClure and Vice President Eric DeLodder attended the KDFWR meeting yesterday in Frankfort where several votes took place that will impact our upcoming deer season.

Unfortunately, the issue of expanding the crossbow season was tabled until the next meeting in May. KCF will continue to monitor the situation.

Other big changes are as follows:

1. The statewide deer permit bag limit will be increased from 2 deer to 4 deer for Zone 1, and to the specific county zone bag limit for all others.

2. The Youth deer permit bag limit will be increased from 1 deer to 4 deer for Zone 1, and to the specific county zone bag limit for all others.

3. An additional deer permit (beyond the initial 4 deer) will be available for a hunter to take an additional 15 deer. The original proposal was to eliminate the additional permit altogether, but the commission amended this proposal to keep the additional permit, but expanded it from 2 deer to 15 deer (applicable in zone 1).

4. Archery season will now begin on September 1st.

5. Modern Gun season will now last for 16 days for all 4 deer zones.

6. A new, ANTERLESS only, gun hunt has been created and will occur during the last weekend of September for ZONE 1 counties only. This topic received some debate, specifically around permitting. In the end, it was approved as is, without the requirement for a special permit.

7. In Zone 3, only 1 anterless deer can be taken with a gun.

8. Zone 4 bag limit reduced to 1 antlered and 1 anterless deer.

There were a few other topics there were discussed and voted upon, but we believe the items listed above were the most important.

You can read the official meeting summary from KDFWR here.

Call to Action

On Friday, March 23 at 8:30am EST, the KY Dept of Fish and Wildlife Commission Board will consider expanding the KY crossbow season to be the same as archery. There are several ways you can help:

1) Contact your Commission Director before 3/23 and express support. Find your county’s director at bit.ly/KDFWRdirectors

2) Attend the Commission Board meeting on 3/23 at KDFWR Headquarters in Frankfort.

3) Download and print our Call to Action flyer to hand out to your friends, family, and co-workers. http://bit.ly/KCFcalltoaction

4) Join Kentucky Crossbow Federation

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