I would like to thank 3rd District Commissioner Rusty Gailor for holding a Town Hall meeting to share items up for the March 23 KDFWR Commission Meeting. Approximately 38 people turned out including Gabe Jenkins, KDFWR deer and elk program coordinator, Kyle Sims (sp?), Rachel Crume, 5th District Commissioner Kevin Bond, 3 Conservation Officers, many other sportsman representatives. Gabe Jenkins gave a rundown of the items going the commission. Thank you Gabe for a great job and throwing yourself under the bus. Changes have been 3 years in planning while evaluating research. Be sure to read all, some tie together to work. Proposed changes: Expand crossbow to full archery season. Permits included with hunting license to increase to zone limits. So zone two would be 4 instead of two. Youth deer permit to change fro me to the same as zone limit the same as above. Additional deer permit free increase to bag limits for the zone, so zone 1 would be free unlimited. Loss of revenue of bonus tags offset by biologis and conservation officers no longer needing to visit hundreds of private farms to issue depredation tags. Change bag limits such that if you hunt zones 2 or above, say you get 4 bag limit in zone 3, you can also get 4 bag limit in zone 3, rather than 4 total. Change archery season from first Saturday to September 1. Increase gun season to 16 days in zones 3 and 4 so all zones are the same (see bag limit changes). Zone 3-4 reduce to only one doe, total bag limit reduced from 4 to 2. Zone 3-4 added 6 days for buck only. Department goal for all counties to be zone 2. Changes could go into effect this upcoming season. Gabe listed proposed changes to county zones, sorry I could not write fast enough to list them all. Several zone 2-1 changes mainly western KY, many zone 3 to zone 2 changes including Breckinridge, Meade, Warren counties and others. Several Eastern KY EHD counties move to Zone 4. Create application for 501c3 organizations to apply for date of choice youth gun hunt on private property. Last weekend of September gun antlerless hunt for zone 1 only, all hunters would have to wear orange. Lots of discussion and some valid concerns and good possible solutions to be recommended inclduing most importantly table to next meeting to allow for public notification and comment, consider crossbow expansion to resident only, or push entire archery season to September 15 start but for all vertical and crossbow.