Bear Hunters: The 2015 bear season with dogs opens Saturday November 28.  All hunters must check the KDFWR homepage or call the Info Center at 1-800-858-1549  after 9:00 PM each day of the season to learn if the black bear quota was met.  For information about checking bears, click here.

Dr. James C. Salato (1917-1990)

Dr. Salato

Sportsman and Steward

Dr. James C. Salato was a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner representing the 4th Wildlife District for an unprecedented 28 years. He graduated from Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. As a medical doctor, he served the residents of Columbia, Kentucky from 1948 until his retirement in 1985. An avid sportsman, he devoted his free time to the interests of sportsmen and women of Kentucky, and to his favorite pursuits of fishing and duck and goose hunting. During his tenure, he never missed a commission meeting.

At a reception in 1989, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced the naming of the Dr. James C. Salato Wildlife Education Center. The announcement honored Dr. Salato's lifelong devotion and service to the Department and to the people and resources of Kentucky.