Administrative Regulations

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources currently has the following proposed amendments to our administrative regulations filed and pending, or recently enacted. For filed and pending amendments, persons interested in commenting after reviewing these pending amendments should contact the department per instructions at the end of each regulation. Proposed changes are indicated by strike-through marks over deleted text, and underlines for added or moved text.

Proposed Amendments (changes) to regulations that are currently filed and pending:

  • 301 KAR 1:400 - Assessing fish kill damages

    This amendment will update the “Material Incorporated by Reference” portion of the regulation to reflect the newest edition of the publication used to assess fill kill replacement values. The current administrative regulation to assess the replacement values of fish killed in violation of KRS 150.460 (1) or (3) references an outdated edition of the American Fisheries Society publication. This amendment will reference the 2017 edition, which is American Fisheries Society Special Publication 35, "Investigation and Monetary Values of Fish and Freshwater Mollusk Kills."

  • 301 KAR 2:228 - Sandhill crane hunting requirements

    This amendment will set the Sandhill Crane hunting season to match the second segment of regular duck season (December 7 – January 31). Sandhill Crane season was changed in 2017-2018 to coincide with duck season. With the change in the season framework for the 2019-2020 duck season, moving the closure to January 31, the crane and duck seasons are again different. Season frameworks allow for a January 31st closure for Sandhill Cranes. This amendment to the regulation makes the closure the same for ducks and cranes.

  • 301 KAR 2:221E – Waterfowl Seasons and Limits (for emergency regulation, denoted 301 KAR 2:221E)

  • 301 KAR 2:221 – Waterfowl Seasons and Limits

    This emergency amendment, and regular amendment to follow, will conform Kentucky’s waterfowl regulations to corresponding federal regulations by changing the duck bag limit to: 1 scaup daily during the first 15 days of regular duck season; then 2 scaup daily during the remaining 45 days of duck season. It will also allow waterfowl hunters in the Ballard waterfowl zone to possess more than one shotgun in a blind at a time, but only one shotgun may be loaded or uncased. Note: An emergency regulation is being filed so that Kentucky complies immediately with prevailing federal requirements for the current duck season; this will be followed by a regular amendment to be enacted thereafter.

Recently Enacted Amendments (changes) to regulations or statutes that are now effective:

  • 301 KAR 2:195 – Falconry, raptor take, and raptor propagation

    Amendments to 301 KAR 2:195 allow for the take of passage tundrius peregrine falcons from the wild by master falconers in Kentucky. This species was previously not allowed to be taken from the wild in Kentucky.

  • 301 KAR 2:251 – Hunting and trapping seasons and limits for furbearers

    Amendments to 301 KAR 2:251 allow the use of lights and night vision devices for the taking of coyotes from December 1 through May 31. Additionally, this amendment will allow the use of rifles to take coyotes at night from December 1 to March 31 on private land with written permission of the landowner. These amendments will further increase the efficacy of coyote removal and provide an increased level of hunter opportunity.

  • 301 KAR 2:300 – Black bear seasons and requirements

    Amendments to 301 KAR 2:300 add the month of June to the bear chase season, establish Wayne County as a separate bear zone and set the quota within that new zone. These amendments will improve hunter opportunity by lengthening the chase season which will better condition the dogs for the bear hunt with dogs season later in the fall. Additionally, these amendments will allow for more hunting opportunity in Wayne County due to its delineation as a separate zone with an increased quota.

  • 301 KAR 3:100 – Special Commission permits

    Amendments to 301 KAR 3:100 resolve inconsistencies within the regulation and more clearly define the process and criteria for applying for a permit, the selection process used by the Commission, and report requirements for wildlife conservation organizations.

  • 301 KAR 2:049 – Small game and furbearer hunting and trapping on public areas

    Amendments to 301 KAR 2:049 allow other small game hunters to hunt on Clay, Green and Yellowbank WMAs outside of the pheasant hunt units during the pheasant quota hunt. It also adds a third quota fox hunting field trial on Clay WMA. These amendments provide maximum hunting opportunity and access to public hunting grounds on Clay, Green River and Yellowbank WMAs.

  • 301 KAR 2:090 – Means by which migratory game birds may be taken

    Amendments to 301 KAR 2:090 will remove restrictions on the number of shells a shotgun may hold during the light goose conservation order season. These amendments also remove restrictions on the use of electronic calling devices when hunting light geese during the light goose conservation order season. Additionally, they remove the requirement to hunt from a pit or blind in Ballard County. These amendments increase opportunity for light goose hunters. Federal laws which prohibit the use of a gun capable of holding more than three shotshells and the use of electronic calls during regular waterfowl seasons, have been removed for the light goose conservation order season. Light geese (snow and Ross’s geese) are continentally overabundant and the conservation order season was established to increase harvest on these species. Light goose populations are damaging fragile arctic habitats where they nest. Removing the requirement to hunt from blinds or pits makes Ballard County similar to all other counties. Hunting from blinds is no longer necessary to meet management objectives.

  • 301 KAR 1:185 – Pay lakes

    This administrative regulation assists in the effective administration of the statutes by establishing requirements and limits for pay lake operators.

  • 301 KAR 1:201 – Taking of fish by traditional fishing methods

    Amendments to 301 KAR 1:201 put a limit on the number of trophy catfish anglers may keep daily and in possession, add definitions of “catfish” and “trophy catfish”, add one seasonal catch and release stream and remove another, remove special regulations for catfish and crappie on several lakes at Kentucky River WMA, change the crappie size limit at Barren River Lake to 10 inches, add a new creel and size limit for cutthroat trout which are now being stocked in the Cumberland tailwater, add two new “special catfish size limit lakes” and amend details on three others, add upper lake boundaries to three large reservoirs, put restrictions on fishing in the area of a new bio-acoustical fish fence (BAFF) being used to prevent Asian carp movement into Barkley and Kentucky lakes, clean up brown trout regulation wording for Chimney Top and Trammel Creek which is already listed in statewide regulations, and change the name of Bob Noble Park Lake to Lake Montgomery in the “special lakes and ponds” list. These amendments are necessary to adjust size and creel limits on several fish species in waterbodies across the state in order to provide a better number and size of fish available to anglers, and to protect trophy catfish from excessive harvest. In addition, refinements were made to seasonal catch and release streams, “special catfish regulation lakes”, and reservoir upper boundaries to make better use of these fisheries and to make it simpler to regulate these waterbodies. Restriction to fishing around the bio-acoustical fish fence is necessary to prevent damage to the unit while it is in operation.

  • 301 KAR 1:410 – Taking of fish by nontraditional fishing methods

    Amendments to 301 KAR 1:410 will limit the number of trophy catfish in an anglers daily creel limit to one fish per species when using nontraditional fishing methods. It also creates a possession limit of two times the daily limit for trophy catfish. In addition, these amendments will define the terms “catfish” and “trophy catfish” and require that a person immediately cease snagging if a trophy catfish is snagged.