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Commission proposes bear season and deer zone changes

From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

-- The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting March 4 proposed bear season occur one week earlier than in past years and recommended deer zone changes for two counties.

The Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

In wildlife-related business, the Commission proposed to the General Assembly that bear season be one week sooner on Dec. 10 and 11. Winter weather plagued the first two seasons. Moving the season forward one week could improve hunter opportunity. The Commission also recommended making it illegal to take bears from dens.

For the 2011 deer season, the Commission recommended changing Rowan County from Zone 2 to Zone 3 and Lee County from Zone 3 to Zone 4.

The next Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting is June 3 at 8 a.m. at #1 Sportsman's Lane off U.S. 60, Frankfort. People who are hearing impaired and plan to attend the meeting should contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at least 10 days in advance and the agency will provide a translator.

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