FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission today proposed waterfowl seasons for 2014-15. New recommendations included a four-day increase of teal-only hunting during the September wood duck and teal season.
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission must place waterfowl seasons within the framework mandated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because all migratory game birds are under federal control.
The 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. All recommendations must be approved by two legislative committees before they become law.
Season dates begin in 2014 unless otherwise noted. Proposed seasons voted upon by commission members at today’s quarterly meeting include:
Duck, Coot and Merganser: Duck season: Nov. 27-Jan. 25, 2015.
Season dates for mergansers and coots are the same as for ducks. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. The daily limit for coots is 15.
Canada Goose: Western Goose Zone: Nov. 27-Jan. 31, 2015.
Pennyrile-Coalfield Goose Zone (including West-Central Canada Goose subzone): Nov. 27-Jan. 31, 2015.
Eastern Goose Zone: Nov. 27-Jan. 31, 2015.
Northeastern Goose Zone: Dec. 20-Jan. 31, 2015.
White-fronted Goose, Brant
Statewide: Nov. 27-Jan. 31, 2015.
Regular season: Nov. 27 – Jan. 31, 2015.
Snow Goose Conservation Order Season
Eastern Duck Zone: Feb. 1, 2015 – March 31, 2015.
Western Duck Zone: Feb. 1-6, 2015; Feb. 9, 2015 – March 31, 2015.
Youth Waterfowl Season
Eastern Zone: Nov. 1-2.
Western Zone: Feb. 7-8, 2015.
Daily bag limits for ducks, geese, and brant will follow the federal requirements for the 2014 – 2015 seasons. Commission members proposed to lengthen the Canada goose season in the Northeast Goose Zone by 10 days and add an additional four days for teal only to the end of the September wood duck and teal season. The wood duck and teal season opens Sept. 17 and closes Sept. 21; the teal-only season continues from Sept. 22-25.
In other waterfowl-related business, beginning with the 2014-2015 waterfowl seasons, waterfowl hunters on Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Henry and Owen counties must cease hunting and be off the area by 2 p.m. Hunters may now conduct walk-in waterfowl hunting on the Powell’s Lake Unit of Sloughs WMA in Henderson and Union counties.
The commission also proposed increasing the possession limit for migratory game birds taken by falconry from six to nine.
In fisheries-related business, the commission recommended dropping three requirements for commercial anglers participating in the Asian Carp Program.
The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) Friday, Dec. 12. Meetings are held in the Arnold Mitchell Building, located at 1 Sportsman’s Lane in Frankfort.