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Statewide News Release 08/2/03
From KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

For more information
Contact (800) 858-1549

2003-2004 waterfowl seasons and  special regulations on striped bass on Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake are removed

Frankfort, KY, August 29, 2003- The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2003-2004 waterfowl seasons and removed special regulations on striped bass on Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake tailwaters at its quarterly meeting August 29 in Frankfort. The Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission must place waterfowl seasons in the framework mandated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because all migratory game birds are under federal control.

Ducks, Coots and Mergansers:

* The duck season (except for canvasback and pintails) will run for 60 consecutive days from November 27, 2003 (Thanksgiving Day) through January 25, 2004, statewide. The bag limits are the same as last season.

* The season dates for mergansers and coots are the same as duck season dates for the 2003-2004 season. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five only one of which may be a hooded merganser. The daily limit for coots is 15.

* The season on pintail and canvasback ducks is December 27, 2003 through January 25, 2004. The daily limit is one pintail and one canvasback duck. There was no hunting for canvasback ducks last season. Dates for the goose hunting seasons are as follows: Canada Geese:

* Western Goose Zone (except the portion of Fulton County in Western Goose Zone that extends to February 15, 2004) - December 6, 2003 - January 31, 2004

* Pennyrile-Coalfield Goose Zone (including West-Central Canada Goose subzone) - December 13, 2003 - January 31, 2004

* Eastern Goose Zone - December 13, 2003 - January 31, 2004

* Northeastern Canada Goose Zone - December 27, 2003 to January 4, 2004 and January 24 - January 31, 2004

White-fronted Geese:

* Statewide - November 27, 2003 - February 1, 2004 Snow Geese:

* Regular Season - November 27, 2003 - February 1, 2004

* Conservation Order Season:

* Eastern Goose Zone: February 2 - March 31, 2004

* Western, Pennyrile-Coalfield and West-Central Goose Zones: February 2-6, 2004; February 9-March 31, 2004

* Fulton County - February 16 - March 31, 2004

Youth Waterfowl Season:

* Eastern Zone: October 11-12, 2003

* Western Zone: February 7-8, 2004

In other business, Frank Brown was elected as the chairman of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission. Commissioner David Godby was elected as vice-chairman and Commissioner Dr. James Rich was elected as secretary. The waterfowl blind draw for Taylorsville Lake WMA is discontinued. Hunters may hunt waterfowl on Taylorsville WMA from temporary blinds on a first come basis. The Taylorsville Lake WMA waterfowl refuge closure date moved from November 1 to November 15 for the area from the Van Buren boat ramp upstream to the Hwy. 248 bridge. From November 1 to November 15, this area is open to fishing only. In 2004, there will be waterfowl mentor hunts at the Minor Clark and Pfeiffer Fish Hatcheries. The definition of a youth hunter was standardized as "any person under the age of 16 by the date of the hunt." In fisheries related business, the Commission removed the three fish daily creel limit on striped bass in the Kentucky Lake and Barkley tailwaters. These waters revert back to statewide regulations of a five fish daily creel limit for striped bass on March 1, 2004. The 15-inch minimum size limit remains in effect. As of September 1, 2003, a new reciprocal license agreement with Tennessee takes effect on Kentucky Lake. Each state will recognize the sport fishing licenses of the other state from Eggner's Ferry Bridge (U.S. 68 and Hwy. 80) in Kentucky south to the Governor Ned McWhorter Bridge (U.S. 79 and Hwy. 76) in Tennessee. This includes all embayments and tributaries, except the Blood River embayment in Kentucky.

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2003 at the Game Farm off U.S. 60 in Frankfort. Persons interested in addressing the Commission must notify the KDFWR Commissioner's office in writing at least 30 days in advance to be considered for placement on the meeting agenda. People who are hearing impaired and plan to attend the meeting should contact the KDFWR at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator. To request to address the commission, write to KDFWR, Commissioner Tom Bennett, #1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.


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