Bear Hunters:  The 2014 archery/crossbow season for bears opens Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.  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. Go here for info about checking bears

Bear Hunters: The quota for the 2014 archery/crossbow season for bears WAS NOT MET today.  Therefore, the bear season will remain open tomorrow.  For information about checking bears, click here.

 Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Status:  Uncommon/Rare
*Kentucky Species of Greatest Conservation Need*
Season Occurrence:  Usually observed in winter, observed very rarely during summer in scattered locations.
Distribution:  Winter - Statewide, though more rare in eastern Kentucky.  Summer - Nesting confirmed in west-central Kentucky in Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties in the late 1980's.
Preferred Habitat(s):  Open areas - grassland, pasture, hayfield, old field, reclaimed strip-mine land, etc.
Nesting Habits:  This species does not regularly nest in Kentucky.  However, documented nests in Kentucky were found on the ground in grassy areas.
Note:  In winter, Short-eared Owls will often form communal roosts (congregations of several owls which sleep in the same vicinity).  If you observe a large number (more than five of these birds), please report this to KDFWR by e-mailing kathryn.heyden@ky.gov.

Adult Short-eared Owl
Adult Short-eared Owl
Photo by:  Kate Heyden
Adult Short-eared Owl
Adult Short-eared Owl
Photo by:  Ellis Laudermilk