Attention, deer hunters: Deer hunting regulations, including season dates, zones and bag limits, have been finalized for the 2018-19 season and are effective immediately. Click here to see the updated 2018-19 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide. To view a video about what is new this year, click here​.

Bovine Tuberculosis Surveillance

For 2016, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated two bovine tuberculosis surveillance zones. Zone 1 encompasses all of Boone County and Zone 2 encompasses Fleming, Nicholas, and Bath counties.

 

2016 Bovine TB surveillance Zones

 
 



Zone 1: Boone County

 

 


Zone 2: Nicholas, Bath, and Fleming Counties
 
 
The KDFWR will need to collect 500 deer from each zone. Hunters are encouraged to drop off any age and sex classes of deer from the designated counties, including does and yearlings. Due to higher likelihood of detection in bucks and older age classes, testing of older-age bucks is encouraged. All age classes, except for fawns will be accepted for testing.

Hunters who are concerned about bovine tuberculosis in their harvested deer or are willing to assist with surveillance efforts are being asked to bring deer to designated drop-off locations in Boone , Nicholas, Bath and Fleming counties during the first two weekends of modern gun season, or can contact a biologist using the toll-free number, 1-800-858-1549 to arrange a time and location for heads to be sampled.

The samples needed are found in the head and neck of the deer, so these areas should be preserved in the deer that are processed in the field.

Hunters who wish to have their deer mounted can provide the name of the taxidermist so that arrangements can be made to collect the samples from that location.
 

Check Stations

Boone County

Dates: Nov 12-13 and Nov 19-20 (8am-6pm)
Boone County Extension
6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY, 41005
   

Bath County

Dates: Nov 12-13 and Nov 19-20 (8am-6pm)
Bath County Extension
2914 East Hwy 60, Owingsville, KY, 40360
  

Nicholas County

Dates: Nov 12-13 and Nov 19-20 (8am-6pm)
Nicholas County Extension
268 East Main St., Carlisle, KY, 40311
 

Fleming County

Dates: Nov 5-6 (6am-8pm)
Clay WMA Located approximately eight miles northeast of Carlisle, KY. From Carlisle take KY 32 north and turn right on KY 57, Cassidy Creek RD. There are two entrances, watch for area signs.
 
Dates: Nov 12-13 and Nov 19-20 (8am-6pm)
 Fleming County Extension
1384 Elizaville Road, Flemingsburg, KY, 41041 ​
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