Department of Fish and Wildlife
Applications being taken through Nov. 30 for sandhill crane hunt
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Applications are being
accepted through Nov. 30 for Kentucky’s 2015-16 sandhill crane hunting season. Applications
are only accepted online at fw.ky.gov, the website of the Kentucky Department
of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Fish and Wildlife will issue 400 permits to hunters this year through a randomized
computer drawing. Applicants drawn for a hunt must pass an online
identification test before they can receive a permit. Applicants must have a
valid Kentucky hunting license or be license exempt when they apply. Kentucky
Fish and Wildlife charges a $3 fee for each application.
Fish and Wildlife will conduct the drawing on Dec. 2, with results made
available to applicants online. Drawn hunters will receive a packet, including
their season tags, in the mail soon after the drawing. However, drawn hunters
must complete the online permit requirements, including the identification test,
before hunting or they are not a legal hunter.
crane season opens Dec. 12, 2015 and closes Jan. 10, 2016. The daily and season
bag limit for each hunter is two birds. Hunters must telecheck their game the
same day it is taken. The season will close earlier if hunters reach the quota
limit of 400 birds.
participating in this season’s hunt must complete a post-season survey by Jan.
25, 2016. Those failing to do so forfeit their eligibility for next year’s
season is statewide. However, sandhill cranes may not be hunted in the Beaver
Creek, Skaggs Creek and Peters Creek embayments of Barren River Lake Wildlife