Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes early migratory bird seasons

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommended the 2015-2016 early migratory bird season dates at its quarterly meeting today. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

Proposed early migratory bird seasons for 2015-2016 include: Mourning Dove: Sept. 1-Oct. 26; Nov. 26-Dec. 6; Dec. 19, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016.

September Canada Goose: Sept. 1-15.

Wood Duck and Teal: Sept. 19-23.

Teal Only: Sept. 24-27.

American Woodcock: Nov. 1-Dec. 15.

Virginia and Sora Rail, Common and Purple Gallinule: Sept. 1-Nov. 9.

Wilson’s Snipe: Sept. 16-Oct. 25; Nov. 26, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016.

Sandhill Crane: Dec. 12, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016.

In other migratory bird-related business, the commission recommended moving the opening of the September wood duck and teal season from the third Wednesday of the month to the third Saturday. This would grant hunters two weekends of hunting for these species. They also recommended reducing the daily bag limit for common and purple gallinules from 15 to three birds.

Commission members also voted to allow the Kentucky Department of Parks authority to establish turkey hunts on park properties.

In boating and fishing-related business, the commission recommended removing harvest restrictions on flathead catfish on A.J. Jolly Lake in Campbell County.

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Meetings are held in the Arnold Mitchell Building, located at 1 Sportsman’s Lane in Frankfort.

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