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12-03-2004, 05:17 PM
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources


KDFWR Encourages Doe Harvest During Upcoming Blackpowder Deer Season

Press Release Contact: Norm Minch

December 2, 2004 (800) 858-1549

Frankfort, KY, (December 2, 2004) - Kentucky modern gun deer hunters

harvesting just over 89,000 whitetails after the close of the 16-day season
in Zone 1 and 2 counties Sunday, November 28. But biologists with the
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) are looking ahead
to the newly-extended December muzzle-loading season for even more good

"Zone 1 and 2 counties are the most densely populated with deer in the
Commonwealth," said KDFWR Big Game Program Coordinator Jonathan Day.

"But, the late muzzle-loading season may be most important in Zone 4
counties where this is the only time during the deer season that antlerless
deer can be harvested with a firearm," Day continued.

"Even though we are managing herds in Zone 4 counties for growth, it is
important to develop the herd size with a controlled approach.

"Hunting is the control method we use, and we gradually increase the
opportunity to take antlerless deer to avoid an explosion in the population,
but at the same time, allows hunters to benefit from the increase in
numbers," Day explained.

"We work for a balance between measured herd growth and providing more
opportunity, and the system has worked pretty well, said Day.

"We know there is still excellent opportunity for deer hunters available,
and we encourage our sportsmen and women to take advantage of that, and help
us manage the herds with additional doe harvest during this season," Day

The mid-December muzzle-loading season is open Dec 11-19 statewide for
either sex deer. It gives hunters two full weekends, which is a great plus
for those who aren't able to get time off from work during the week.

"We'd really like to see our total season harvest kick up to around 125,000
animals, and a hard push on the antlerless segment of the herd as the season
winds down," said Day.

"Taking antlerless deer is what assists in herd control, and that's what
we'd like for our hunters to focus on after they take a buck, or while
waiting for one to show up," the biologist concluded.

The statewide archery deer season runs through January 17th, 2005. Next
year's season dates will be approved by the KDFWR Commission on December 3.


The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) manages,
regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife
species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit
of those resources and for public enjoyment. KDFWR, an agency of the
Commerce Cabinet, has an economic impact to the state of $4.8 billion
annually. For more information on KDFWR, visit our web site at fw.ky.gov.

12-03-2004, 05:33 PM
The last 10 days have been really bad for deer/car collisions here in Jefferson County.....one officer I talked to this AM (while waiting to upright a car that was flipped from attempting to miss a deer) stated that he had struck one with his cruiser in Nov. and one with his personal car the other day.

12-03-2004, 05:45 PM
The thing that amazes me the most, is they talk all this management crap and dont have the slightest clue what the population is.:mad:

12-03-2004, 06:32 PM
anyone need any meat for the freezer, mine is full , would like to take a doe but don't have room for it, if anyone does send me a PM.

12-03-2004, 07:16 PM
The thing that amazes me the most, is they talk all this management crap and dont have the slightest clue what the population is.:mad:I don't want to get into a big hassle about this but I think they have a better handle on population than any of us here do. We see what is in our hunting area and not even all of that. I don't know if they do a great job of management but it is sure better than we could do.

12-03-2004, 08:27 PM
The problem with deer "management" is that the State can't force people to let hunters on their property......

In the urban/suburban areas of the state (where doe harvest could really take a good hit) the urbanites, tree-huggers, and non-informed just don't get the fact that the deer are a renewable resource to those wishing to partake. There are wonderful areas around eastern Jefferson county that could be easily bow hunted, but try getting permission.

The other morning while patroling Iroquois Park I had an 8-pointer walk within 10 feet of my cruiser, saw 6 other does, and saw said buck start chasing doe grunting with every step.......LIFE IN THE BIG CITY!!