Frankfort, Ky. – Hunters now have three extra days to apply for
the 2009 Kentucky elk hunt. Citing technical problems over the past
few days with state government’s online payment application,
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officials today
extended the original April 30 deadline to midnight Eastern Time,
“We want to ensure that everyone who wants to apply has that
chance,” said Wildlife Division Director Karen Alexy. “We’ve
already had a record number of applicants because Kentucky is
issuing a record number of its elk permits. The word is getting
around that a Kentucky elk hunt is truly the hunt of a
To date, more than 37,500 people have applied for the 2009
general elk hunt while an additional 375 people have applied for
the special Paul Van Booven Wildlife Management Area (WMA) youth
hunt. Kentucky will issue 1,002 permits for the general elk hunt,
and five permits for the WMA youth hunt. The deadline extension
applies to both the general hunt and the WMA youth hunt.
Applications for the elk hunt are $10 and available online only
at fw.ky.gov. The drawing is open to
Kentucky residents and non-residents.
Last week, the department began encountering problems with the
electronic payment system for its online permit and license sales.
Department officials took the payment system offline for part of
the day on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, until the
problem was fixed.
Any person who encountered difficulties with an online
transaction on the department’s website in the past week may call
the department at 1-800-858-1549.
Kentucky’s elk herd numbers approximately 10,000 animals. Last
year, the hunter rate for bulls reached 96 percent, while 89
percent of cow hunt hunters enjoyed success.
New for this year is the WMA youth hunt. The five youngsters
drawn for this hunt have their choice of taking a bull or cow elk
in one of the best hunting areas in the state. Hunters must be 15
or under by the end of the application period to be eligible.
“These are probably the best odds we’ll ever see for a quota elk
hunt,” said Kentucky’s Big Game Coordinator, Tina Brunjes. “Young
hunters should apply for this hunt. I guarantee it will be a hunt
that they’ll tell their grandchildren about.”
For more information about season, regulations and elk hunting
in Kentucky, visit the department’s Internet site at fw.ky.gov.