FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host three public meetings to gather comments from people interested in ruffed grouse management in the state.
Department biologists developed the state’s Ruffed Grouse and Young Forest Strategic Plan to lead focused management efforts to improve grouse numbers in eastern Kentucky.
The department has already received public comments by phone and email. The upcoming meetings provide additional opportunity for the public to learn about the plan in detail and add their input.
Meeting dates, local times and locations include:
Ashland area – 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, Northeast Fish and Game Club, Dezarn Lane (off South Big Run Road), near Coalton community;
Whitesburg: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office, 478 Extension Drive;
London: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office, 200 County Extension Drive.
The Ashland event will include an inaugural trap shoot and cookout sponsored by the Kentucky River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society. The event will be held prior to the grouse plan meeting. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the event, with trap shooting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Food will be provided.