Non-resident spring turkey permit sales suspended

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 3, 2020) — As part of the Commonwealth’s ongoing effort to ensure the health and wellness of the public as Kentucky fights aggressively to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced new guidance today for non-resident hunters regarding the 2020 spring turkey season.

Effective immediately, sales of 2020 non-resident spring turkey permits for the general statewide season are suspended. This decision was made in consultation with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, in accordance with Gov. Beshear’s Executive Order No. 2020-266 that limits unnecessary travel to the Commonwealth.

Only non-resident hunters who have already purchased 2020 spring turkey permits, and can comply with the Governor’s executive order should consider hunting in Kentucky during the spring season. The order requires all non-residents who travel to Kentucky to self-quarantine immediately for 14 days upon arrival.

Non-residents should also be prepared to follow their state’s travel guidelines. The department will be contacting non-resident hunters who have already purchased 2020 spring turkey permits to provide them with more information, including possible reimbursement.

Kentucky’s general spring turkey season will begin April 18 and continue through May 10. Residents of Kentucky may hunt as planned. For those who will be hunting, the department advises all hunters to follow these guidelines:

  • Keep a 6-foot distance between you and others while outdoors;
  • If you are taking a youth hunting, only take along youths from your household. Youth hunters require closer contact and immediate supervision;
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol; and
  • Follow CDC recommendations for disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as borrowed hunting equipment.

Remember to follow safe social distancing practices if you are hunting with someone who does not live in your household. Examples of safe social distancing practices include:

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart while engaging in your outdoor activity;
  • Drive in separate vehicles to your hunting location; and
  • Do not hunt in a ground blind together.

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