Barren River Lake WMA waterfowl blind drawing will be this Saturday, Oct. 6

   The Barren River Lake Wildlife Management Area waterfowl blind drawing will be Saturday, Oct. 6.
   The drawing will be at the Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers office, 11088 Finney Road, next to the Barren River Lake dam. The drawing will be conducted from 7-9 a.m. 
   Hunters interested in participating in the waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years old and possess a 2012-2013 Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky waterfowl permit and a federal migratory bird permit (duck stamp) at the time of the drawing.
   Hunters drawn for the blinds on Barren River Lake will be responsible for locating, preparing and maintaining the blind site for the 2012-2013 waterfowl seasons.
   Each drawn hunter may select a co-owner of the blind site for use in the absence of the hunter drawn. The co-owner must be present at the drawing.
   Hunters may construct a permanent blind or use a boat or portable blind, but each blind site must be permanently pinned with a permanent marker identifying permit holders for the site.
   Those hunters selected hold first rights for use of the blind site, but these blinds sites open to public use if the selected hunters are not in the blinds by 30 minutes before shooting time.
Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
   The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the 2012-2013 waterfowl seasons at its quarterly meeting Aug. 17. 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.
   The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission must place waterfowl seasons within the framework mandated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because all migratory game birds are under federal control.
   Beginning with the 2012-2013 seasons, the opening day for both duck and goose season is now Thanksgiving Day annually. This year, Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 22.
Duck, Coot and Merganser
• Duck season opens Nov. 22 and closes Nov. 25. The season opens again Dec. 3, 2012 and closes Jan. 27, 2013.
• Duck hunters may now take four scaup this year as part of their six duck daily bag limit. Previously, hunters could only take two scaup.
• Season dates for mergansers and coots are the same as the duck season dates for the 2012-2013 seasons. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. The daily limit for coots is 15.
Canada Goose
• Western Goose Zone: Nov. 22, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013.
• Pennyrile-Coalfield Goose Zone (including West-Central Canada Goose subzone): Nov. 22, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013.
• Eastern Goose Zone: Nov. 22, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013.
• Northeastern Goose Zone: Jan. 1 – 31, 2013.
White-fronted Goose, Brant
• Statewide: Nov. 22, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013.
Snow Goose
• Regular season: Nov. 22, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013.
Snow Goose Conservation Order Season
• Eastern Duck Zone: Feb. 1 – Mar. 31, 2013.
• Western Duck Zone: Feb. 1 and Feb. 4 – Mar. 31, 2013.
Youth Waterfowl Season:
Eastern Zone: Nov. 3-4. Western Zone:
Feb. 2-3, 2013.
   The brant daily bag limit was reduced from two brant to one. The total daily bag limit for dark geese (Canada, white-fronted goose and brant) was changed from six birds to five birds to comply with federal frameworks for this season.

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