Department of Fish and Wildlife
Elk quota hunt drawing applications now on sale
Ky. – Now is the time to apply
for Kentucky’s elk quota hunts.
Hunters have until
midnight (Eastern time) on April 30 to apply online via the Kentucky Department
of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ mobile-friendly website at fw.ky.gov. The
drawing for elk permits is open to both Kentucky residents and those who live
outside the state.
Hunters may submit
one application for each of the four permit types but can only be drawn for one
hunting permit. Each application entry costs $10.
“There are a
variety of reasons to apply,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program
coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “It’s
an opportunity to hunt a game species in the state that many consider the
pinnacle. It’s also fantastic table fare. An elk can provide a couple hundred
pounds of meat.
“And it’s close to
home. Most of the elk hunters in the east have to travel west. The permits in
Kentucky are about the same price as they are in the western states, but it’s
20 hours closer. Our success rates are much higher, too.”
The Kentucky Fish
and Wildlife Commission has recommended 900 permits, in addition to 10
youth-only permits, for the 2015-16 elk seasons. The proposed allotment of
general elk quota hunt permits is 150 firearms and 100 archery-crossbow permits
for bull elk; 400 firearms permits and 250 archery-crossbow permits for cow
Hunters ages 15 and younger can
apply for the youth-only elk quota hunt during the same application period as
the general elk quota hunt drawing. They may also apply for the general quota
elk hunt drawing, but cannot be drawn for both in the same year.
elk quota hunt drawing will be conducted in early May by the Kentucky
Commonwealth Office of Technology. Results of this random computer draw from
each applicant pool will be posted online at fw.ky.gov.