Kentucky elk quota hunt applications due by April 30th


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Elkhorn Creek in central Kentucky, the city of Elkton in Todd County and Elkhorn City in Pike County are modern day reminders of the elk that inhabited Kentucky when the pioneers arrived.
The elk disappeared from the state in the decades after the Civil War. In 1997, a landmark restoration effort began that re-established an elk herd in the state’s scenic southeastern region and created one of the most sought-after hunting opportunities east of the Rocky Mountains.
“The herd is doing great,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There is plenty of opportunity for hunters.”

Hunters looking for a chance at a Kentucky elk have until midnight (Eastern time) April 30 to enter this year’s quota hunt drawing. Completing the online application at ahead of time is strongly encouraged to avoid the expected last-minute rush of applicants.
“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Jenkins said. “Hunter success rates are high. It is easier than going out west and you have a nice, quality animal that makes excellent table fare.”
Kentucky residents and those living out-of-state are eligible to apply for all four permit types, such as bull or cow firearms and bull or cow archery/crossbow permits. However, they can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will issue 900 general quota hunt permits and 10 youth permits this year through a random computer drawing conducted in early May by the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology. Results will be posted online at within the first two weeks of May.

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