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.
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!
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!