Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Update - Aug. 19, 2022

KDFWR Update - Aug. 19, 2022

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife in the news

The Wildlife Society

Outdoor Life

Chicago Sun-Times

Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune

Williamson (West Virginia) Daily News

NKY Tribune (Edgewood)

The Meade County Messenger (Brandenburg)

Bowling Green Daily News

89.3 WFPL (Louisville)

Spectrum News 1 (Louisville)

WDRB (Louisville)

The Times Leader (Princeton)

Overton County News (Livingston, Tennessee)

WLWT (Greater Cincinnati)

Ohio County Monitor

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife news releases

What to expect at a wildlife management area

Visit Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at the state fair

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife hiring conservation officers

Youth waterfowl seasons changing

Hunting, trapping seasons poster available

2022-23 Hunting Seasons poster

The 2022-2023 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Seasons poster is now available for download from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's website at

Fall squirrel hunting season starts this Saturday, Aug. 20.

Commission to hold quarterly meeting Aug. 26

KFW Commission Meeting - Aug. 26, 2022

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a quarterly meeting on Friday, Aug. 26.

The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) in the Administration Building on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' campus in Frankfort. It will be open to the public.

The meeting also will be livestreamed and archived on the department's YouTube channel at A link to the livestream will be posted on the department's homepage at before the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda can be found at On the homepage, click on the “Commission Meetings/Agendas and Recaps" link.

Recently amended regulations

Five fish and wildlife-related regulation amendments received final legislative approval on Thursday, Aug. 18 and are now in effect.

  • 301 KAR 1:201 - Taking of fish by traditional fishing methods
    • This administrative regulation establishes size limits, daily creel limits and possession limits for sport fish that may be taken from Kentucky waters and necessary to properly manage the sport fish populations of Kentucky. The amendment will help standardize and simplify black bass regulation across the state by better grouping lakes into standardized regulation blocks.
  • 301 KAR 2:132 - Elk hunting seasons, permits, zones, and requirements
    • This administrative regulation establishes the requirements for the elk permit drawing and quota hunts, the conditions under which special commission permits, landowner cooperator permits, elk restoration permits and cooperator voucher permits can be used and necessary to effectively manage elk populations in Kentucky, while providing optimal elk hunting and related tourism opportunities. The amendments to this regulation expand the elk hunt drawing application period, implement means of rewarding long-time applicants for elk permits who have never been drawn for a permit, and allow military personnel to defer the use of elk permits for up to two years if geographically reassigned. Some members of the military have been unable to use their elk permits, and numerous applicants to the elk hunt drawing have requested consideration after applying many years without being drawn for a permit.
  • 301 KAR 2:172 - Deer hunting seasons, zones, and requirements
    • This administrative regulation establishes deer hunting seasons and zones, methods of take, bag limits, harvest recording procedures, and checking requirements and necessary to properly manage Kentucky’s deer population while providing reasonable and ample recreational opportunity for deer hunters. This amendment establishes a CWD Surveillance Zone, requirements that hunters must abide by while hunting within the CWD Surveillance Zone, establishes where the requirements will be advertised, restricts the movement of harvested deer carcasses within the CWD Surveillance Zone and prohibits the feeding and baiting of all wildlife within the CWD Surveillance Zone with a few exceptions.
  • 301 KAR 2:221 - Waterfowl seasons and limits
    • This administrative regulation establishes waterfowl seasons and bag limits within federal migratory bird hunting frameworks established in 50 CFR Parts 20 and 21 according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and necessary to establish the 2021-2022 waterfowl hunting seasons in accordance with the USFWS. This amendment will incorporate relevant portions of two repealed regulations; 301 KAR 2:224 and 301 KAR 2:226. It will change the timing of special youth waterfowl seasons from the first weekend in February to the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the Second Saturday in February. It will also add a special Veterans/Active Duty waterfowl season on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the second Sunday in February. Waterfowl seasons and limits are set on an annual basis following the establishment of federal frameworks by the USFWS each year. It is the department’s responsibility to allow quality hunting opportunity within these federal frameworks. The changes in bag limit for these species represent the maximum allowed in federal frameworks.
  • 301 KAR 4:001 - Selection of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission nominees
    • This regulation establishes the procedure for nominating individuals for consideration as members of the Fish and Wildlife Commission. KRS 150.022 requires the Governor appoint Fish and Wildlife Commission members and provides that vacancies shall be filled from a list of up to five (5) names submitted by the sportsmen of the corresponding commission wildlife district. This regulation establishes the system by which the sportsmen create the list of five (5) names to submit to the Governor. The amendment is necessary to more clearly describe the procedures of a Fish and Wildlife Commission member nomination meeting to conform with the passage of Senate Bill 217 during the 2022 session of the General Assembly.

Video: Setting up for the Kentucky State Fair

VIDEO: Setting up for the Kentucky State Fair

Video Producer Nathan Sangster created a time-lapse video that captured staff from multiple divisions working to ready the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Experience for the start of the Kentucky State Fair on Aug 18.

View the video by clicking on the image above or by visiting

The fair runs through Aug. 28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.