by Officer Bradley J. McCoy
The unseasonably warm weather we are experiencing has many people expanding their outdoor time much earlier than usual. With the warm weather, anglers across the Commonwealth are venturing out to their favorite fishing holes hoping to reel in some tasty filets or simply enjoy some fresh air. However, before you “wet a line,” be sure you have the necessary licenses to keep you legal.
All hunting and fishing licenses expire the last day of February every year. All persons hunting or fishing are required to have in their possession a valid license unless they are exempt. Some examples of exempt individuals include resident landowners and their dependents hunting or fishing on their own property and resident servicemen on furlough for more than three days (must carry proof of furlough). (See the new Fishing and Boating Guide for all exemptions.) Young people under the age of 16 are exempt from the fishing license requirement.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers many options for hunters and anglers alike to satisfy their license requirements. A resident fishing license can be purchased from a licensed agent or online at fw.ky.gov for $20. For those who hunt and fish, a combination license is available for $30. A Sportsmen License, which includes hunting, fishing, deer permit, turkey permit, state migratory bird permit, and trout permit, is a good deal for only $95.
To purchase your license online, click here for all the details.
The money you spend on your licenses helps support the wildlife in the Commonwealth. This money is used to build ramps, stock fish, purchase wildlife management areas, and enforce the fish and game laws. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife receives no general tax fund dollars. If you have any questions or would like to report a Fish and Wildlife crime, please call 1-800-25-ALERT.