Friday, August 17, 2012

KHA Coonhound Youth Championship

We are just a few short weeks out from the youth hunt on Sept 8th. Its always awesome to see the involvement of this event from these young people. Its important I think that we support these kids anyway we can. I just read today about the lack of involvement in CA youth events and in that state hunting with hounds is under attack. I think it goes hand in hand, getting our children involved in the sport is related to our involvment in keeping it a sport. Its not something we do but who we are, how we've grown up and what we want to produce in our kids.

See you all there...

YOUTH HUNT
KY, Crittenden; Kentucky State Youth Championship Exit 166 off I-75. Crittenden exit. Go east 1/4 mi. Turn right on US 25. Go to the end of town. Turn left across railroad tracks at Lloyd Wildlife Area. Clubhouse is 200 yds. on left. Parking will be posted. Contact Shawn Johnson (859) 498-8876

Sep 8 BS 4:00pm, $10 NH 1.5 hr 8:00pm, $15



Monday, June 18, 2012

KDFWR Commission Meeting June 8th 2012


AGENDA
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Comm
ission Meeting
June 8, 2012
1. Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance
2. Call to Order & Welcome 8:30 am (EST) - Steve Glenn, Chairman
3. Administration - Dr. Jonathan Gassett, Commissioner
4.· Approval of Minutes: March 2, 2011 Commission Meeting & March
19, 2012 Special Commission Meeting
5. Administrative Services Division - Darin Moore, Director
. Administration/Education/Policy Committee Members: .
Chairman Stuart Ray, Joe Fryman, Voncel Thacker, Frank Williams





A.

Action Item:

Approval of the May 4,2012 Committee
Minutes
.





B.
Action Item:
Request for Approval of January, February,


And March, 2012 Financial Statements
C.
Action Item:
Request for Approval of FY 2013-2017


Strategic Plan
D.
Action Item:
Request for Approval of FY 2013 KDFWR


Operating Budget
E.
Action Item:
Proposed Amendment to 301 KAR 3:012 -


Public Use of Otter Creek
F.
Action Item:
Proposed Amendment to 301 KAR 2:030 -


Commercial Guide
G.
Action Item:
Special Commission Permit Awards
H.
Update:
Boating Capital Construction Progress Report


1











I
J.

Update:
Update:

Agency Capital Construction Progress Report

Fees-in-Lieu-Of Progress Report





6.       Fisheries Division - Ron Brooks, Director
Fisheries Committee Members: Chairman Terry Teitloff, James Rich,
Joe Fryman, Chris Godby





A.
B.
C.
D.

Action Item:
Action Item:
Action Item:
Action Item:

Approval of the May 4, 2012 Committee
Minutes
Proposal to restrict commercial fishermen with
revoked licenses from being commercial fishi
ng
helpe
rs
Proposal to require commercial fishermen to
report lost or stolen fishing gear
Proposal for a mandatory 3-month suspension
fo
r a commercial fisherman's license fol
lowing
two temporary s
uspensions





7.      Wildlife Division - Dr. Karen Waldrop, Director
Wildlife Committee Members: Chairman James Angel, Terry Teitloff,
Joe Fryman, Stuart Ray





A.
B.
C.
D.

Action Item:
Action Item:
Action Item:
Action Item:

Approval of the May 4,2012 Committee
Minutes
USFWS Zone and Split Framework Option
2012 - 2013 Early Migratory Bird Seasons
Scientific and Education Collection Permits





8.         Executive Session: Personnel, Litigation and Land Acquisition
Updates
9. Personnel, Litigation and/or Land Acquisition Action
10. Adjourn










Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8
,2012
Division: Administrative Services





Regulation Number: None

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation:
Approval of January, February and March Monthly Financial Statements.
Justification: Recommended by the Administration, Policy and Education Committee
Strategic Plan Reference: Goal 5; Objective 4





Action Requested of Commission:
File the Regulation
--
   X        Other:
Motion made by:
Motion Seconded by:

Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:





Action:

Approved

Denied

Referred back to Committee




Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMM
ISSION 'ACTI
ON
J
une 8, 2012
Division: Administrative Services





Regulation Number: None

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation:
Approval of KDFWR Strategic Plan: FY 2013-2017
               (Mailed under separate cover)
   Justification:      As part of our efforts to re-evaluate our core values, vision statement,
mission statement, goals and objectives, the department spent the last
six months performing an internal analysis of our strengths
,
weaknesses, opportunities and threats and holding nine different town
hall/listening sessions with our partners/stakeholders and members of
the general public
.
Based on this input, a revised Strategic Plan has
been developed for Commission approval, which will help shape the
department
's efforts over the next five years.





Action Requested of Commission:
File the Regulation
--

Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--





x

Other:

Other:





Motion made by:
.'
Motion Seconded by:





Action:

Approved

Denied

Referred back to Committee




Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Administrative Services.





Regulation Number: None

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation:
Approval of FY 2013 KDFWR Operating Budget
(Mailed under separate cover)
   Justification:      Based on Commission and the Legislative approval of the FY 2013-
20
14 Biennial Budget Request in the 2012· Gen
eral Assembly, the
Department has used those ove
rall figures to create annual operatin
g
b
udgets and to delineate by division needs. The current proposal is f
or
Fiscal
Year 2013.





Action Requested of Commission:
File the Regulation
--
   X        Other:
Motion made by: Dr. James Rich
Motion Seconded by: Chris Godby

Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:





Action:

Approved




PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE OTTER CREEK PUBLIC USE REGULATION
301 KAR 3
:012
This proposal is designed to provide specific enabling language in the Otter Creek
Administrative Regulation (
301 KAR 3:01
2) to allow the department to offer a "flat-
usage" rate, in lieu of individual usage permits for certain organizations
.
Currently, 301 KAR 3:012 requires that "A person, except for permit exempt individuals,
shall possess and carry:
(a) A valid daily or annual Area Entry Permit when using the Otter Creek Outdoor
Recreation Area
; and
(b) A valid daily or annual Special Activities Permit if:
1.       Biking on designated trails;
2.       Horseback riding on designated trails; or
3.       Using designated shooting range facilities."
As the regulation now reads, the YMCA, who currently enjoys a lease with the
department for the land area that makes up Camp Piamingo, would be required to pay
the normal daily or annual use rate ($3, $7 or $10) for all their counselors, staff and
training course participants throughout the year.                                                                    .
If this regulation was amended to define Camp Piamingo officials and participants as
"exempt" from the individual daily or annual permit requirements, KDFWR could
establish a flat rate to be included in the existing lease or a separate agreement with the
YMCA going forward.












Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSI
O
N ACTION
J
une 8, 2012
Division: Administrative Services





Regulation Number:

301 KAR 3:012

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation:
To amend 301 KAR 3:012 (Public Use of Otter Creek) to define Camp Piamingo officials and
par
ticipants as "exempt" from the individual daily or
annual permit requirements, which would allow
KDFWR to establish a "flat
rate" in a separate agreement with the YMCA going forward.





Justification:

This proposal is designed to provide specific enabling language in the Otter
C
reek Administrative Regulation to allow the department to offer a "flat
-
usage" rate, in lieu of individual usage permits for certain organizations
.
Currently, as the regulation now reads, the YMCA,
who currently enjoys a
lease with the department for the land area that makes up Camp Piamingo
,
would be required to pay (on an individual basis) the normal daily or annu
al
use rate ($3, $7 or $10) for all their
counselors, staff and training course
participants throughout the year.
NOTE: This proposed change to 301 KAR 3:012 does not actually set the
"flat rate",
but instead provides the enabling language in regulation to allow
for such a
rate to be set later.





Action Requested of Commission:
___ X __ File the Regulation
Other:
Motion made by: Joe Fryman
Motion Seconded by: Stuart Ray
Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:










PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE COMMERCIAL GUIDE REGULATION
301 KA
R 2:030
This proposal is designed to tighten the requirements in the current commercial guide
license regulation (30
1 KAR 2:030
) similar to the language contained in the hunter
education regulation (301 KAR 2:185) pertaining to certified hunter education
instructors. Currently, the commercial guide
r
egulation requires proof of a National
Crime Information Center background check through the Kentucky State Police similar
to hunter education instructors, but does not specify the circumstances when a license
will be denied or revoked
. The regulatory language wil
l be amended to include the
criteria for denial or revocation of a commercial guide's license.
The signed affidavit requirement attesting to a person's guiding experience, good moral
character, and good physical condition
will also be removed due to its vague and
unenforceable nature.
Similarly, our proposal is to remove the language that allows the Commissioner the
discretion to deny or revoke a guide's license of a person who is convicted of any fish
and wildlife violation which does not result in the loss of a hunting, fishing
, or trapping
license
. Instead, revocation or denial will be based upon the following tiers:
·         Three (3) years revocation/denial period for a conviction of violation of any state fish
and wildlife violation
; (Current)
·         Three (3) years revocation/denial for a conviction of violation of any federal fish and
wildlife violation
; (Current)
·         Provide for new revocation/denial for three (3) years for a conviction of a Class A
Misdemeanor; (New)
o        Provide for perpetual revocation/denial for any state or federal Felony and for being
required to register as a sex offender in any state's sex offender registry. (
New)
This proposal provides for a certain level of compliance with our laws, while introducing
the importance of compliance with other laws, based on the previously approved
LlNKlNCIC criminal records check for Commercial Guides.                                    "
These changes for revocation or denial of a commercial guide license are generally
consistent with application and license requirements for commercial fishing; hunter
education instructor and commercial wildlife nuisance control.
Changes will take effect with Commercial License Year, beginning January 1, 2013.

                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                


Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMIS
S
ION ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Administrative Services





Regulation Number:

301 KAR 2:030

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation:
Currently, the commercial guide regulation requires proof of a National Crime Information Center
background check through the Kentucky State Police, but does not specify the circumstances when a
license will be denied or revoked. Therefore
, the department proposes to amend 301 KAR 2:
030
(Commercial Guide)
, as follows:
·         Remove the signed affidavit requirement attesting to a person's guiding experience, good moral
character, and good physical condition
, due to its vague and unenforceable nature.
·         Remove the language that allows the Commissioner the discretion to deny or revoke a guide's
license of a person who is convicted of any fish and wildlife violation which does not result in the loss
of a hunting
, fishing, or trapping license.
·         Introduce revocation/denial for three (3) years for a conviction of a Class A Misdemeanor. This
provision would be consistent with current regulation that provides for
a three (3) year
deniei/revocetion upon conviction
of a state or Federal fish and wildlife violation.
·         Introduce perpetual revocation/denial for any state or federal Felony and for being required to register
as a sex offender in any state
's sex offender registry.
.o help ensure that these same standards apply equally to the Guide or "Guide Helper", and consistent with
proposed changes to the Commercial Fishing regu
l
ation (301 KAR 1 :055), anyone who has had their license
denied or revoked fo
r the reasons above will not able to serve as a guide helper.
All Changes will ta
ke
effect with Commercia
l License Year, beginning 1/1/13.
Justification:
Action Requested of Commission:





x

File the Regulation
Other:

File the Regulation
Other:





Motion made by: James Angle       
Motion Seconded by: Godby

Action: Approved



Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISS
I
ON ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Administrative Services





Regulation Number:

301 KAR 3:100

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation:
Selection of up to ten (10) recipients for each species of the Special Commission Permits
based on the detailed list of applicants provided to each Commission Member after the M
ay
4,2012 Committee meetings. Voting page is attached.





Justification:

KRS 150.177 and 301 KAR 3:100 authorize and describe the process by
which Special Commission Permits are awarded to qualified conservat
ion
organiza
tions. The Commission may award up to ten (10) permits pe
r
species .





x
. Action Requested of Commission:
_____ File the Regulation
Other: Select Recipient$
-----
Motion made by: Stuart Ray
Motion Seconded by: Chris Godby

Action Taken by Commission:
__ File the Regulation
Other:





Action:

Approved




Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQ
UEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Fisheries





Regulation Number:

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation: Approval of Minutes for May 4,2012 Fisheries
Division Committee Meeting
Justification:





Action Requested of Commission:
File the Regulation
--
. X Other:
Motion made by: Frank Williams
Motion Seconded by: Dr. Rich

Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:





Action:

Approved







Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Fisheries





Regulation Number: 301 KAR 1:155

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation: Proposal to restrict commercial fishermen with
revoked licenses from being commercial fishing helpers to be commercial fishing helpers.





Justification:
Effective Date:
January 2013

Current regulations allow commercial fishermen the ability to
continue fishing after their license has been suspended; they
become
"helpers"
. This loophole reduces the impetus for some
fishe
rmen to make an effort to comply with our
regulations and
compromises this Department
'
s ability to effectively manage
commercial
l
y important fish species. Our recommendation is to
remove the capability of commercial fishermen to become helpers
either as listed by another commercial fisherman or from assisting
commercial fishermen in harvesting fish in any manner if their
Kentucky commercial fishing licenses have been suspended
.
This
would include nonresidents whose commercial fishing licenses
have
been revoked either in Kentucky or any other state.
Strategic Plan Reference: Goal 1 Objective 5





Action Requested of Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:
Motion made by: Stewart Wray
Motion Seconded by:Terry Teitloff
Action: Approved
Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--
'Other:




Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Fisheries





Regulation Number: 301 KAR 1 :155

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation: Proposal to require commercial fishermen to report lost
or stolen fishing gear.





Justification:
Effective Date:
January 2013

The Division of Law Enforcement has submitted a request that would
make it mandatory for commercial fishermen to report lost or stolen
fishing gear within 24 hours after the occurrence. Currently, gear can
be set in illegal waters or left unattended without penalty if, after
being cited by a law enforcement officer, the owner of the gear
claims that his gear was stolen or somehow lost. This loophole
makes it impossible for our officers to fully enforce commercial
fishing, gear-related regulations. If commercial fishermen are
required to report lost or stolen gear prior to being given a citation for
fishing illegally, this loophole would be closed. Penalties for the
discovery of gear illegally set and not reported as lost or stolen would
be consistent with existing regulations the gear.
                        Strategic Plan Reference:Goal1 Objective 5





Action Requested of Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:
Motion made by: Terry Teitloff
Motion Seconded by: Dr. James Rich

Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--
other:





Action:

Approved





Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Fisheries





Regulation Number: .301 KAR 1:155

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation: Proposal for a mandatory 3-month suspension for a
commercial fisherman's license following two temporary suspensions





Justification:
Effective Date:
January 2013

Commercial fishermen are required to send monthly reports of fish
harvested by the 10th day of the following month. Fishermen that fail
to send in their reports are given two notifications to remind them
that their reports are overdue; a third and any subsequent notification
in
a license year results in revocation of their license until all monthly
reports are submitted. Unfortunately, temporary suspensions do not
entice many commercial fishermen to comply, and often their
licenses are temporarily revoked on several occasions within a single
year. This constant process of suspending and reinstating licenses is
very time consuming t6 the Department and confusing in terms of
enforcement. Fisheries Division recommends adding a regulation
that limits the number of times a commercial fishermen can have his
fishing license revoked within a calendar year to two, after which the
license will be revoked for three months prorated from the date that
the second revocation was made.
                        Strategic Plan Reference:Goal 1
                                                                 Objective 5





Action Requested of Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:
Motion made by: Dr. James Rich
Motion Seconded by: Terry Teitloff
Action: Approved

Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
--
Other:





Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
Jun
e 8, 2012
Division: Wildlife





Regulation Number: None

Regular or Emergency:





Proposed Recommendation: Approval of the Minutes from the May 4, 2012 Wildlife
Division Commi
ttee Meeting.
Justification:
Effective:                                                       . Strategic Plan Reference:
Action Requested of Commission:                  Action Taken by Commission:
_ File the Regulation                                       _ File the Regulation





   X         Other:
-----------------.

Other:
--------------------





                                                                                                                       Motion made by: Terry Teitloff
                                                                                                                     Motion Seconded by: Stuart Ray





Action: Approved




Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8,2012
Division: Wildlife





Regulation Number: 301 KAR 2:221

Regular or Emergency: Emergency





Proposed Recommendation: USFWS Zone and Split Framework Options
The USFWS has given states until July 1, 2012 to choose a season framework option.
Kentucky's options are:
Option 1: Current season structure. A statewide season with two season segments.
Option 2: A statewide zone with a 60-day continuous season.
(This option may exclude hunting dates over the Thanksgiving Holiday.)
Option 3: A statewide season with three season seqrnents. The third segment would
be a 2-day, late October or early November segment. (This would require the same
season dates statewide
, including the youth weekend that currently occur
s at
different times in the western and eastern zones.)
Justification: To determine which season framework waterfowl hunters prefer, the Wildlife
Division conducted a hunter survey of 2
,000 randomly selected hunters. The data pr
ovided
additional information to make the best declsion regarding the season framework.
Based on results of the hunter survey and past experience regarding hunter preferences, the
Wildlife Division recommends that we maintain the current season structure
,
which is a
statewide season wi
t
h two season segments. This season structure is the only option that
addresses hunte
r desire to hunt during both the Thanksgiving holiday and the end of the federal
  framework date (last Sunday of January).                                        .





Effective Date: immediately

Strategic Plan Reference: Goal 2, Objective 3,a





  Action Requested of Commission:                  Action" Taken by Commission:
  X_ File the Regulation                                  _ File the Regulation
             Other:                                                            Other: _______________________ _
"Motion made by: Dr. James Rich
Motion Seconded by:       Terry Teitloff


Action Approved



Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8
,2012
Division: Wildlife.





Regulation Number: 301 KAR 2:225

Regular or Emergency: Emergency





Proposed Recommendation: 2012-2013 Early Migratory Bird Seasons
Please see attached items.




Effective:         Immediately

Strategic Plan Reference: Goal 2, Objective 3,a





Action Requested of Commission:                  Action Taken by Commission:
_X_ File the Regulation                                   _ File the Regulation
           Other:                                                            Other: __________ ---'- _________ _
Motion made by: Stuart Ray
Motion Seconded by: Terry Teitloff






Action: Approved











2012 – 2013 Early Migratory Bird Season

A.    Early Migratory Bird Dates: No Changes except to accommodate calendar    shift. These species include:

Mourning Dove -                        September 1 – October 24, 2012
                                                   November 22 – November 30, 2012
                                                   December 29, 2012 – January 4, 2013

Canada Goose -                         September 1 – 15 2012

Wood Duck and Teal                  September 19 – 23, 2012

American Woodcock                   November 1 – December 15, 2012

Rails, Gallinules and Moorhen    September 1 – November 9, 2012

Common Snipe                           September 19 – October 28, 2012
                                                    November 22, 2012 – January 27, 2013

Sandhill Crane                             December 15, 2012 – January 13, 2013
 

B.            September Canada goose season in the Ballard Reporting Area
The Wildlife Division recommends opening private lands within the Ballard Reporting Area
to Canada goose hunting during the September season. Public lands will
r
emain closed
during this period
, helping to ensure a viabl
e population is maintained within the region.
The W
ildlife Division also recommends changing the name of the "Ballard Reporting Area
"
to the "Ballard Zone", since hunters have not been required to report harvest data f
or the
pas
t several years.
Justification: Kentucky began a September Canada goose season in 2001 to provide
hunting opportunity during a period when few migrant Canada
geese were present. The
a
rea within the Ballard Reporting Area also was open for that season until 2006, when t
he
Fish and Wild
life Commission initiated an effort to restore the Canada goose hun
ting
heri
tage within the Ballard area. Fr
om 2006 - 09 KDFWR released 13,000+ Canada
geese
, obtained mostly from Michigan, on both Ballard and Boatwright WMA. The
. September Canada goose season within the region was suspended in 2006 to protect birds
duri
ng the period in which they were most vulnerable.
Hunters harvested many of the early relea$ed birds during the regular Canada goose
season
, and many other geese returned to regions of origin or other nort
hern states the
following spring. An unknown number stayed within
the region dispersing to ponds and
o
ther permanent wetlands on Ballard and Boatwright WMAs,
private lands in Ballard
County
, and adjacent counties. Although r
esident goose numbers in those areas are
somewhat small
, goose depredation issues are sometimes problematic.
Some people
consider
t
he geese to be a nuisance in September when the season is open in other areas
of the state. Opening the September season on private lands may help alleviate these
depredation issues.








Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting
REQUEST FOR COMMISSION ACTION
June 8, 2012
Division: Wildlife





Regulation Number: 301 KAR 4:070

Regular or Emergency: Regular





Proposed Recommendation: Scientific and Education Collection Permits Proposed
Lang
uage Amendments
The Wildlife Division proposed language amendments to the Scientific and Education Collection
Permit regulation to amend the definition for
"Collection", update the application for
m, and clarify
data reporting requirements. The proposed changes are as follows:
1. New Definition:
a. "Collection" - includes all sampling activities that remove, even temporarily, any
individuals from the natural environment.
2.       Remove the affidavit requirement. This is no longer needed since individuals working
with Federally Threatened or Endangered species would have to have the required
Federal permit
3. Data Reporting -
a. Language will be included to clarify mandatory data reporting requirements.
b.       All individuals obtaining a permit, educational included, will be required to report
data in a format specified by the department.
c.       Remove specific line items as identified in the reg and replace with
"Fields as required by KDFWR via the Data Reporting Form"
4. Application updates
a.       Incorporated by reference.
b.       Changes include the following:
c.       Removal of "additional collectors"
d.       Clarification of area within the state a species would be collected.
Justification: These changes will help clarify what is required for collecting wildlife by
pe
rmitted individuals and clarify who is required to possess a permit.





Effective:       October 2012

Strategic Plan Reference: Goal 3, Objective 1 b





Action Requested of Commission:
_X_ File the Regulation
Other:  
Motion made by: Terry Teitloff
Motion Seconded by: Frank Williams

Action Taken by Commission:
File the Regulation
Other:





Action: Approved