A change in Kentucky’s hunting law may affect several property owners in Fulton County. Under the new law, resident landowners and tenants (including spouses and dependent children of both) can kill or trap wildlife that is causing damage to their land or personal property any time during the year—not just during open season for that particular species. In addition, landowners wishing to use the carcass of the troublesome animal now can do so if they contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife to request a disposal tag.
Before these changes, landowners could not kill or trap wildlife outside of open season even if it was causing damage to their land or personal property. Also, landowners without hunting/trapping licenses who killed troublesome wildlife had to contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife for disposal of the carcasses.
These changes to KRS 150.170, which take effect July 15, will not affect hunters or trappers who hunt/trap on public property or someone else’s land.
Generally, anyone who hunts, fishes or traps needs the appropriate license to do so in Kentucky. However, there are a few exceptions:
- Those under age 16 may fish without a license.
- Persons under age 12 are not required to have hunting or trapping licenses to hunt or trap in Kentucky.
- Landowners and tenants (and their spouses and dependent children) are free to hunt, but not trap, on their land during open season without hunting or fishing licenses.
- Those participating in field trials, training exercises or other competitions where game is not taken do not have to obtain hunting or fishing licenses.
- Any resident serviceman on furlough for more than three days may hunt or fish without the appropriate license as long as he or she is carrying the proper identification papers showing furlough status.
- Resident landowners, their spouses and dependent children may kill or trap any wildlife causing damage to their land or personal property. They are not required to have hunting or trapping licenses. Tenants and their children and other people approved by the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife also have that same privilege.
Hunting, trapping and fishing licenses help fund Kentucky’s wildlife conservation efforts. The funds obtained from these licenses help ensure that Kentucky will continue to have the beauty and bounty of today’s wildlife for generations to come.