(Frankfort, KY) – Reports containing detailed information about deer and elk in the state of Kentucky are now available via the links below. The Deer and Elk Programs are administered by the Wildlife Division of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet. It is overseen by a nine-member commission who are nominated by Kentucky’s sportsmen and sportswomen. Commission members are appointed by the Governor. The department employs about 450 full-time staff, which includes conservation officers, wildlife and fisheries biologists, conservation educators, and information and technology, public relations, customer service and administrative professionals.
KDFWR receives no money from the state’s General Fund. Funding is provided by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, boating registration fees and federal funds, including grants based on the number of licenses sold in the state.
The Deer Program is tasked with managing the white-tailed deer herd in the state to provide ample hunting opportunity while balancing the needs of consumptive and non-consumptive user groups. The Deer Program is comprised of one program coordinator, Gabe Jenkins, and two biologists, David Yancy and Kyle Sams. Deer Program staff are based out of the KDFWR Headquarters in Frankfort.
The Wildlife Division is broken up into five wildlife regions across the state. For reporting purposes, all information in this report will be discussed using the five regions or at the specific county level.
For more information contact:
Deer & Elk Program Coordinator
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
# 1 Sportsman’s Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601