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Bovine Tuberculosis in Indiana

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Testing Deer for Disease

Monitoring program launched after bovine tuberculosis found in Indiana

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2016) — Kentucky is participating in a three-state effort to test white-tailed deer for the presence of bovine tuberculosis.

While bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that primarily affects cattle, it also can infect deer. The disease has not been detected in Kentucky’s deer herd.

Wildlife officials in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio recently launched a joint monitoring effort for the disease after an infected deer was discovered in southeastern Indiana. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will operate a check station in Boone County during the first two weekends of modern gun season for deer, Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20, as part of that monitoring.

The department also will operate check stations in Bath, Nicholas and Fleming counties on those same weekends in a monitoring follow-up after the discovery of an infected cow in that area in 2010. Hunters will be asked to bring their deer by the check station so biologists can take tissue samples for testing.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Veterinarian Iga Stasiak said the state agencies intend to stop the disease from spreading further. “These efforts will help us determine whether or not bovine tuberculosis is present in our deer,” she said. “Participation in this effort may help ensure the long-term health and stability of wild deer populations in Kentucky.”

Testing will consist of collecting a few lymph nodes from the deer’s head. Hunters who wish to have their deer mounted can provide the name of the taxidermist so that arrangements can be made to collect samples from that location. The voluntary testing, which is designed to obtain samples from 500 deer from each of the two regions, is part of a joint monitoring effort by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Kentucky’s check stations will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Eastern) Nov 12-13, and during the same hours Nov 19-20. Locations include:

 

· Boone County: Boone County Cooperative Extension office, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Ky.

· Bath County: Bath County Cooperative Extension office, 2914 East U.S. 60, Owingsville, Ky.

· Nicholas County: Nicholas County Cooperative Extension office, 268 East Main St., Carlisle, Ky.

· Fleming County: Fleming County Cooperative Extension office, 1384 Elizaville Road, Flemingsburg, Ky.

Hunters outside of these areas can assist with the monitoring project as well. Hunters who see swollen lymph nodes, nodules in the lungs or chest cavity in any deer they are field dressing should report this to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife as soon as possible by calling 1-800-858-1549.

For more information, visit the bovine tuberculosis surveillance online site at http://fw.ky.gov/Wildlife/Pages/Bovine-Tuberculosis.aspx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:21
 

New Telecheck questions this year

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Telecheck Adding New Questions for Deer, Elk Hunters

Data will help biologists better assess herd populations

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016) — Starting this season, hunters will be asked to provide additional information about their harvested deer and elk during the telecheck process.

All harvested deer and elk must be reported to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources either by phone at 1-800-245-4263 or online telecheck at fw.ky.gov.

Those checking an antlerless male deer will now be asked to distinguish it as a male fawn – also known as a button buck – or as an adult that has shed its antlers. Hunters checking an antlered deer will be asked to enter the total number of antler points measuring 1 inch or longer and indicate if the outside antler spread is greater or less than 11 inches. The outside spread is the widest distance between the outside of the main beam antlers

“In most cases, a yearling buck in this state is going to have an antler spread of less than 11 inches,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We also liked 11 inches because it’s an easy guide. A sheet of standard letter-sized paper is 11 inches.”

Elk hunters also will be asked to enter the total number of antler points measuring 1 inch or longer.

Callers who do not have the required information will be asked to call back once they have it in order to complete the telecheck process and receive a confirmation number.

Answering these new questions in addition to the existing ones will help Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists better estimate the size and age of the state’s deer and elk herds.

“Telecheck is a data collection tool,” Jenkins said. “This is just one more step that we feel is warranted to better manage the populations.”

 

 

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Dec. 7, 2015                                                                                                         Contact: Lee McClellan

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes 2016-2017 deer season dates

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the dates of the 2016-2017 deer seasons, changes to deer zones and slight modifications for elk hunting at its quarterly meeting Dec. 4.

Commission members proposed deer zone changes for Hardin, Webster and Marion counties. They also recommended modifying deer hunting regulations on four wildlife management areas (WMAs).

The commission also recommended keeping the number of elk permits the same as last year and created two new limited entry areas (LEAs) for elk hunting.

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 legislators before they become law.

2016-2017 deer season dates (no changes from last season, dates reflect calendar shift)

All zones:

Archery: Sept. 3, 2016 – Jan. 16, 2017, either sex

Crossbow: Oct. 1 – Oct. 16Nov. 12 – Dec. 31, 2016, either sex

Early Youth Weekend: Oct. 8 – 9, 2016, either sex

Early Muzzleloader:

Zones 1, 2 and 3: Oct. 15 – 16, 2016, either sex

Zone 4: antlered only

Modern Firearms:

Zones 1 and 2: Nov. 12 – Nov. 27, 2016, either sex

Zone 3: Nov. 12 – Nov. 21, 2016, either sex

Zone 4: Nov. 12 – Nov. 21, 2016, antlered only

Late Muzzleloader: statewide: Dec. 10 – Dec. 18, 2016

Zone 4: Dec. 10 – Dec. 18, 2016, antlered only

Dec. 16 – Dec. 18, 2016, either sex

Late Youth Weekend: Dec. 31, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017, either sex

Bag limits remain the same as last season.

In other deer-related business, the commission recommended a few zone changes. Hardin and Webster counties change from Zone 2 to Zone 1 while Marion County moves from Zone 3 to Zone 2.

They also proposed several changes to deer hunting on some public lands. These changes will be effective for the 2016-2017 deer seasons:

· Open Knobs State Forest and WMA in Bullitt County for the youth firearms deer season.

· Open Grayson Lake WMA in Carter and Elliott counties for the late muzzleloader season under statewide regulations.

· Remove the one deer per season bag limit on Higginson-Henry WMA in Union County and place the area under statewide bag limits.

· On Big Rivers State Forest and WMA in Union and Crittenden counties, create an archery/crossbow only quota hunt from the Monday following the October youth deer weekend through Nov. 30 and close the area to all deer hunting except quota hunts during this period.

· Allow drawn hunters on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife quota hunts to bring one assistant with them on the hunt. The assistant must check in and check out with the drawn quota hunter.

 

In elk-related business, the Commission recommended keeping the number of elk quota hunter permits at the current level of 910. They also proposed allowing elk landowner permit holders to hunt on private property adjacent to the enrolled land if the adjacent landowner grants permission for elk hunting.

In other elk-related business, the commission proposed creating two Limited Entry Areas (LEAs). One will encompass the new lands as part of the Revelation Energy Hunting Access Area in Floyd, Martin and Pike counties and will be called Tug Fork LEA. The other encompasses the Fishtrap WMA in Pike County and will be called the Levisa Fork LEA. As this area is an active elk release site, it will remain closed to elk hunting until the herd reaches a harvestable population.

The commission also proposed creating an easy to use checking requirement for deer harvested with out-of-season permits. They also proposed allowing Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to establish temporary hunting seasons and regulations for newly acquired properties.

The commission also recommended allowing slingshots as legal equipment for taking small game.

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time) Friday, March 4, 2016. Meetings are held in the Arnold Mitchell Building, located at 1 Sportsman’s Lane in Frankfort.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015 02:02
 

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