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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2022) — Dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for season-long sites at Lake Barkley, Doug Travis, Green River Lake and Barren River Lake wildlife management areas (WMAs).
These are in addition to other public waterfowl hunting opportunities offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife provides a variety of waterfowl hunting opportunities on WMAs. These opportunities include quota hunts, daily drawings, walk-in areas and seasonally drawn blinds.
Seasonally drawn blinds ensure that selected waterfowl hunters will have a place to hunt during the entire waterfowl season. The drawings for these seasonally drawn blinds take place well before the season to allow hunters time to build blinds and make all necessary plans for the season. Hunters chosen in these random drawings have first rights to these waterfowl blind sites; but when the drawn hunters are not using the blinds, any hunter may occupy them.
Upcoming season-long blind drawings include:
Hunters interested in participating in a waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Hunting Permit and a federal migratory bird permit (also known as a duck stamp) at the time of the drawing. A hunter education card is also required of any participant born on or after Jan. 1, 1975.
Hunters must also have their Harvest Information Program (HIP) confirmation number prior to the drawing. To get a confirmation number, hunters must visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov, click the “My Profile" tab and answer a brief survey about their migratory bird hunting activities. This confirmation number provided at the completion of the survey must be written on the hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Hunting permit. Hunters may also reprint their license free of charge after completing the survey, as the HIP confirmation number will then be displayed on it.
Hunters drawn for blinds on Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Green River Lake or Barren River Lake WMAs must locate, prepare and maintain the blind site for the duration of the 2022-2023 waterfowl seasons. Each drawn hunter may select a co-owner of the blind site for the duration of the season to use the blind in the absence of the hunter drawn. The co-owner must be present at the drawing.
Hunters may construct a permanent blind or use a boat or portable blind, but each blind site must be pinned with a permanent marker identifying permit holders for the site. Those hunters selected hold first rights for use of the blind site, but these blind sites are open to public use if the drawn hunters or co-owners are not in the blinds by 30 minutes before shooting time.
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