FRANKFORT – Kentucky's first sandhill crane hunting season will open soon, and hunters may begin applying for permits Tuesday, Nov. 15 through Nov. 30. The drawing is scheduled for Dec. 5. Applications are only available online at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website, www.fw.ky.gov. Each application costs $3 and a hunter may only apply once.
The department will use a random computer drawing to select up to 400 hunters. Applicants must have a valid Kentucky hunting license or be license-exempt at the time of application. Results will be available to individual applicants online following the drawing.
The hunting season for sandhill cranes will begin Dec. 17 and continue through Jan. 15, 2012, or until hunters take 400 cranes, whichever comes first.
Successful applicants must complete and pass an online identification exam before receiving a permit. Each permitted hunter may take up to two sandhill cranes. Hunters must use the department’s Telecheck system to register each crane on the day the bird is taken.
Hunters will also be required to monitor the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website daily for notices of season closure and notifications of the presence of whooping cranes in Kentucky. For additional information, visit the department’s website, or call the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Information Center at 1-800-858-1549 during normal weekday working hours.