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KDFWR Commission Creates New Permits for Deer & Turkey Hunting The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission, in a specially-called meeting, took action this week to create nonresident hunting permits to accompany the junior turkey permit they approved at their August meeting.
Frankfort, KY, (September 20, 2004) The Commission made the recommendations after comparing hunting opportunities, bag limits, hunt and herd quality, license requirements and prices with neighboring and other states.
The Commission recommended that beginning with the spring 2006 turkey season, hunters 15 and younger may purchase a junior turkey permit valid for one turkey for the price of $10. This gives young turkey hunters the same permit-buying opportunity currently offered to young deer hunters. Since the junior turkey permit is valid for spring and fall turkey seasons, those who are unsuccessful during the spring turkey season may use it during the fall season.
Statewide deer and turkey permits sold to hunters 16 and over are valid for two deer or two turkeys. Younger hunters often hunt less and have limited field experience. The option to buy a less expensive permit valid for one animal at a time can be a more attractive choice.
The KDFWR Commission has also created new nonresident deer and turkey permits that will be available beginning with the 2005 FALL deer and turkey seasons. A nonresident permit good for two deer will be created for $50. Bag limits and restrictions would remain the same for nonresidents as residents, including one antlered deer per season.
The Commission also proposed that new nonresident turkey permits for 2005 fall archery and shotgun seasons and the spring 2006 shotgun season be created for a fee of $50 each. These permits will allow nonresident turkey hunters to take two wild turkeys on each permit. Hunters will continue to be regulated to gobbler-only hunting during the spring, and either sex hunting in the fall.
Adult nonresident hunters will continue to be required to purchase a nonresident hunting license for $115. This license is required before turkey or deer hunting permits are valid. Prices remained unchanged for a nonresident 15 years old and younger who purchases a junior hunting license, deer or turkey permit. The Commission made no changes to any other license or permit fees.
The KDFWR Commission has consistently shown its commitment to making the hunting and fishing sports affordable and accessible to young people interested in these forms of value-based recreation. Kentucky is producing record whitetails.
The KDFWR was recently named "Agency of the Year" by the Quality Deer Management Association. The prestigious honor recognizes the quality and management of Kentucky's whitetail deer herd. Since 1998, more Boone & Crockett Club record-book whitetails have been harvested per square mile in Kentucky than anywhere else, except Illinois and Wisconsin.
Boone & Crockett Club standards are considered to be the worldwide benchmark for quality of big game animals. Kentucky produced 53 known whitetails that qualified for this level of recognition last year alone, the most ever recorded in a single season in the commonwealth.

The success rate on wild turkey in Kentucky now rivals that of the most well known turkey hunting states in the country. Kentucky's flock now exceeds 200,000 birds and offers superb opportunity. "The quality of hunting, fishing and boating in Kentucky is better than ever and continues to attract attention from people across the country who love wildlife and the outdoors," said Commissioner Tom Bennett. "The Fish and Wildlife Commission recognized this and addressed it in a very positive way."
Kentucky does not limit the number of nonresident turkey or deer hunters through a quota or lottery-type system. More than 20,000 nonresidents purchased a Kentucky annual hunting license last year.

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