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Salato Wildlife Education Center to host Wildlife Olympics

Times Staff Report

August 14, 2013

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources invites children to take part in the Wildlife Olympics from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.


Participants can test their strengths and abilities at activities set up at select outdoor exhibits while learning about the capabilities of Kentucky’s wildlife. Activities are designed for children ages 3 to 16. Participants will be divided into three age categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the grip strength, casting accuracy, long jump, timed race and archery events.


No registration is required. The event is included with general admission into the center.


The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1 1/2 miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.


Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.


Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.


Quota hunts and public land hunting information moves to online only: Information about quota hunts and public land hunting has moved out of the printed fall hunting guide and is now available online only at fw.ky.gov. People may apply for quota hunts during the month of September only.


The change follows the migration of quota hunt applications from paper forms to online and telephone several years ago.


The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is working to increase the use of technology to increase customer service. Placing quota hunt and public lands information online allows the department to update information immediately, instead of making people wait until a new guide is published.


Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conducts quota hunts on public lands for deer, pheasant, quail, upland birds and waterfowl. The department’s website details hunt dates and other quota hunting information. Hunters may apply for these hunts online at fw.ky.gov or by calling 1-877-598-2401. The non-refundable application fee is $3 for each hunter.


Hunters and trappers who want a physical copy of what’s online will be able to print out the pages. Customers with additional questions about seasons or regulations can call the department at 1-800-858-1549 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on weekdays, or e-mail the Information Center at: info.center@ky.gov.


Printed copies of the 2013-14 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide will be available in early August wherever licenses are sold. The annual guide, which is now available on the department’s website, details seasons, bag limits and other regulations for deer, elk, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers.