Do's and Don't
During Deer Season
November 18, 2004
Contact: Lee McClellan
Frankfort, KY (November 18, 2004) - Even for veteran
hunters, sometimes the laws governing deer season can be
a little fuzzy.
hear conversation of other hunters, or rely on hunting
friends to know what?s legal and what?s not legal, but
we really haven?t investigated the laws ourselves. In
some cases, that can lead to trouble. It is every
individual hunter?s responsibility to be familiar with
the laws. They change. Going on what someone says isn?t
the best source of information. And should you make a
mistake, the questioning wildlife officer likely won?t
buy "but my buddy said it was OK?."
misunderstanding among hunters is that he or she can
take a deer for someone else, as long as the other
person calls and checks the animal in. In no case, can a
hunter harvest a deer and not claim that animal as his
or her own. The hunter who takes the deer has to record
the deer on his hunter harvest log (on back of the
license) and report the harvest. Hunters who take deer
for other people often creates another violation for
themselves, too, probably without realizing it.
a county where there is a specific season bag limit,
taking deer for someone can result in exceeding the bag
limit. For example, those who hunt on private land in
Kentucky are restricted to one antlered deer per season.
You cannot take a buck, and get another person to claim
it, and then return to the field and take another
antlered deer. You will have violated the law twice. It
is not legal for an individual to take more than what
the bag limits allow, or neglect to claim deer he or she
It is not
illegal to give a harvested deer to someone else, but
the person who kills the deer has to claim and check in
the deer. When a limit is reached, that ? well, is the
limit. It means no more until next season.
common mistake deer hunters make is removing their
hunter orange clothing once they reach their deer stand.
The entire purpose of the hunter orange clothing law is
to make one hunter visible to other hunters. Taking your
hunter orange vest and/or cap off when you get in your
stand not only violates the law, but defeats the reason
for this law: to help keep you safe. Hunter orange must
be kept on while in the field hunting.
recurring question many hunters have concerns retrieving
deer. If a deer you take winds up on property where you
don?t have permission to be, you must get permission
before you retrieve your animal on someone else?s land.
is one of the most prevalent problems during deer
season. Hunting without permission is a serious
violation, but at the same time, can almost always be
avoided. If you?re not absolutely sure you have
permission to be where you are, go back to a place you
are sure about.
strongly encouraged to read the
Kentucky Fall Hunting &
Trapping Guide, keep this
guide with them on hunting trips, and call the Kentucky
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources with any
questions at (800) 858-1549.
There?s no reason to be unaware of
the law, and a whole lot of reason to be.