The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing the following changes to the Archery Elk Season by adding more Crossbow Hunting thereby further eroding the Archery Only Season in the State of Kentucky...if this concerns you as a Bowhunter take steps by contacting your District Wildlife Commissioner and voice your opinion...
ALLOW FULLY CONCURRENT ARCHERY AND CROSSBOW SEASONS FOR ELK HUNTING
Justification: Research from the bull elk ecology project has demonstrated levels of wounding loss in the Kentucky elk herd. Archery wounding loss accounted for over 10% of all bull mortality recorded throughout the study. Elk program staff feel that allowing hunters to use crossbows throughout the elk archery season would likely decrease the archery wounding loss rate since crossbows may prove more efficient than conventional archery equipment in the hands of individuals with little elk hunting experience. There is also a desire within the elk hunting community to see this change implemented. The recent KDFWR survey of elk hunting guides demonstrated that the licensed guides support fully concurrent seasons for conventional archery and crossbow equipment for elk season.
United Bowhunters of Kentucky believes that Bowhunter Education is the answer, not placing a different weapon in the hands of the inexperienced hunter!!!
CROSSBOW EXEMPTIONS FOR SENIOR LICENSE HOLDERS
Multiple requests have been made for the Department to discuss archery hunting participation and opportunities for senior license holders.
This item goes to the full commission December 12th.
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At the June 7, 2013 Commission Meeting, a bear hunting season was approved for Archery and Crossbows.
The season dates are November 23 Thu December 1 with a limit of 10 Bears. After 5 females are taken the season ends.
Bait cannot be used!!!
The time of the hunt was chosen in hopes that most of the females will be in the dens.
Click here for a map of the Counties included in the area.