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Did you know...? The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages all wildlife statewide without the use of General Tax Fund dollars. Wildlife conservation in Kentucky is paid for by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and boater registrations.
Did you know...? 95% of the land in Kentucky is privately owned. In order for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to be effective, we need your help!
The Salato Wildlife Education Center seeks to educate the public about Kentucky's native wildlife, the resources they need to thrive, and the role played by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in their management and conservation. See what's in store for our future and find out how you can help below!
Simple Ways That You Can HelpWhether you have lots to give or little to spare, you can help support the Salato Wildlife Education Center and wildlife conservation in Kentucky.
Buy a hunting or fishing license: Whether you only take your kids fishing a few times a year or are an avid deer or turkey hunter, the purchase of a license is the best way to support wildlife conservation in Kentucky. Thanks to matching Federal funds for every license sold, 86% of the cost of KDFWR programs is covered without the need to tap the General Tax Fund. This money is used to restore habitat, purchase land for conservation, conserve endangered and threatened species, enforce wildlife regulations, help educate the public, and much more. Licenses range in price from $5 to $95 for Kentucky residents. To support the KDFWR through the purchase of a license, click here
Subscribe to Kentucky Afield Magazine: Kentucky Afield is the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Each issue features intelligent writing, beautiful photography, the award-winning paintings of artist Rick Hill, and a wealth of information about wildlife, habitat, hunting, fishing, boating, and more. A great gift for any outdoor enthusiast or hobbyist. A one year subscription costs just $10 and includes a bonus calendar full of fascinating information from the opening of Goose Season to the timing of woodcock courtship flights. You can also save by purchasing a two-year subscription for just $18. Learn about the wildlife that calls Kentucky home and the best places to go to see them. For more information, click here.
Donate to the The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation: The "Foundation" is a private, 501c3 charitable organization that raises funds specifically for exhibits and programs at the Salato Center, the KDFWR Conservation Camps, and the purchase of land for wildlife. Donations are tax-deductible and may be designated to a particular project. Simply include a letter with your check to let us know what specific project you want to support. Donations that are not designated may be used on any project or program, as the need arises. To learn more about the Foundation, click here.
Drop some money in the donation box! Teach kids the importance of giving and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Look for the hungry black bear holding a bourbon barrel! Before your trip to Salato, plan the amount you'd like to give, then let the kids slide the money in the box and tell them that by doing so, they have helped support wildlife. All donations go to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation (above) and support the Salato Wildlife Education Center directly. Checks and money orders should be made out to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Contact Brent.McCarty@ky.gov if you are interested in learning more!