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Fall Hunting and Trapping Guide set for initial publication in August

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Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
An initial printing of this year’s Kentucky Hunting
and Trapping Guide will arrive at license vendor locations by mid-August but it will not reflect proposed changes to
the 2018 deer seasons, zones and requirements. Final deer regulations will appear in
an updated version of the
guide that will be available online in September at
fw.ky.gov and at license vendor locations.
The proposed changes for deer hunting are pending
legislative approval. They include a doe-only, modern gun season in Zone 1 counties the last weekend in September; zone changes for 32 counties; a more restrictive doe harvest in Zone 4; a four-deer statewide permit that includes youth; a 15-deer additional harvest permit; and an increase of modern gun season in Zones 3 and 4 to 16 days, the same as Zones 1 and 2.
This year, archery season opens Sept. 1 and modern gun season for deer opens statewide Nov. 10. The early muzzleloader season is Oct. 20-21. General crossbow season opens statewide on Oct. 1, and youth-only gun season for deer runs Oct. 13-14.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is publishing two versions of the guide in order to have it available to hunters by Aug. 18, the opening day of fall squirrel season. The initial version of the guide is available on the department’s website.
All regulations regarding deer hunting for the 2018 season should be finalized by the first week in September. Any changes from 2017, including deer zones and season structure, will be reflected in both the updated online and printed versions of the guide.
In addition to deer, the Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide contains information about Kentucky’s fall and winter hunting seasons, including dove, waterfowl, small game, upland bird, turkey, bear, sandhill crane and more.