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The twice yearly auction of surplus and confiscated items by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is migrating to an online-only format this spring.
The online auction marketplace
GovDeals.com is working in partnership with state government to increase accessibility to items for sale while avoiding the crowds that typically gather at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus for the auction.
Last year's auctions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The spring sale, which normally occurs over the course of a day, is being conducted from May 10-17.
Click here for a list of items for sale.
Items listed on the GovDeals site will include photographs, written descriptions and bidding details. Interested bidders must pre-register online at GovDeals.com. A separate listing for the sale will be listed online at
govdeals.com/kysurplus. GovDeals will post its list of items, descriptions and photographs once bidding begins at 8 a.m. (Eastern) May 10. The list will remain online until the end of the auction at 5 p.m. (Eastern) May 17.
Surplus items being offered for sale include more than a dozen boats ranging from johnboats to Boston Whalers. The department also will offer boat trailers and outboard motors up to 225 horsepower.
Vehicles will include approximately two dozen four-wheel drive trucks and nearly a dozen all-terrain vehicles. Farming equipment being auctioned includes mowers, planters and a tractor.
Anyone may bid on surplus equipment.
Confiscated items include a variety of hunting equipment, including rifles, shotguns and crossbows. Under state law, only qualified Kentucky residents may bid on confiscated items. All firearm purchasers must pass a background check.
Items are being sold as-is and will not be available for inspection prior to the sale.
After the auction, all items except for firearms may be picked up by appointment only at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife main campus at 1 Sportsman's Lane in Frankfort.
Appointments may be arranged by calling (502) 892-4512 or (502) 892-4542 starting May 19. Items may be picked up weekdays between 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT) from May 19-June 2. Offices will be closed on Memorial Day, May 31.
Firearms may be picked up at Mike's Guns and Archery, 511 Pierce Lane, Frankfort. Bidders must call the business for an appointment at (502) 223-8120 or (502) 514-8003. Buyers may also email the business at
MikesGunsKY@hotmail.com. Walk-ins will not be allowed for pick-up. Firearms must be picked up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT) on May 23-24 only.
Successful bidders must pass a background check before receiving a firearm. Identification, in the form of a government-issued ID, driver's license or concealed carry permit, will be required of buyers.
All successful bidders for any item will receive notification and a bill of sale from GovDeals. Buyers must present a stamped "PAID" bill of sale and personal identification when picking up items.
GovDeals is charging a 10-percent buyer's premium on all items. Buyers are solely responsible for loading their purchased items.