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KDFWR accepting applications for youth, mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts through Nov. 15

Online applications are being taken through Nov. 15 for youth and mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts at two state-owned fish hatcheries near Frankfort and Morehead. Hunts begin Jan. 7, 2023 and recur each Saturday and Sunday through January.

There are five waterfowl hunting blinds available at Minor E. Clark hatchery in Rowan County and two at Peter W. Pfeiffer hatchery in Franklin County. Drawn hunters must provide their own decoys, place them and retrieve their own birds.

(Photo form KDFWR)

Interested youth or mobility-impaired waterfowl hunters may apply online for one or more of the special hunts by visiting the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife homepage at fw.ky.gov and clicking on the “Hunt” tab, followed by the “Quota Hunts” tab. Applications must be submitted by midnight on Nov. 15.

Hunt dates in 2023 are Jan. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. Youths age 15 or younger may apply for these quota hunts. A mentor age 18 or older must accompany each youth hunter. The mentor may hunt as well.

Each youth may only have one adult mentor. However, a mentor may have two youth hunters in the blind, or two adult mentors may hunt with two youth hunters in a blind. Mobility-impaired hunters who are drawn for a hunt may only have one assistant in the blind with them.

Drawn hunters will receive a quota hunt permit in the mail in late November notifying them of the dates for which they were drawn, detailed maps and other instructions concerning the hunt.

Before going afield, each waterfowl hunter must complete the annual Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey in their My Profile accounts at fw.ky.gov then record their HIP survey confirmation number on their license.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

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