From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
-- Hunters required to complete a hunter education course to legally be in the field, but who haven't had time to get their orange card, don't have to miss Kentucky's spring turkey season April 16 through May 8.
Kentucky's hunter apprentice opportunity - the Temporary Hunter Education Exemption Permit - allows a person otherwise required to carry a course completion card to use the one-time, one-year exemption instead.
Hunter education is mandatory when a hunter turns 12 years old, and includes those born on or after Jan. 1, 1975.
Those in this group, if checked by a conservation officer in the field, must have a hunter education card, or a valid exemption permit in possession when hunting any type of game anywhere other than on their own property.
Temporary exemption permits can be apply for online at http://fw.ky.gov/heet/heetintro.aspx. The cost is $5. Temporary exemption permits are not available at license vendors.
The permit can only be obtained once in a lifetime and requires the permit holder to be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older, who meets Kentucky's hunter education law and is in a position to take immediate control of the bow or firearm. Temporary hunter education exemption permits are good for 12 months from the date of purchase.
A hunter with the exemption permit must still have any required hunting license or permit. The permit is not valid on military installations or in other states.