Land Access and Retrieval Permission
Restriction on Entry
Entering another person's land for shooting, hunting, trapping, fishing, or any wildlife-related recreational activity is strictly prohibited without the explicit oral or written permission of the landowner, tenant, or an authorized person.
Failure to obtain permission carries severe consequences. Individuals who disregard this requirement are subject to arrest and prosecution under the applicable laws governing wildlife-related activities on private property.
Railroad Tracks and Rights of Way
It is imperative to recognize that railroad tracks and associated rights of way are considered privately-owned property. Prior to engaging in hunting, trapping, or fishing activities in these areas, hunters must obtain permission from the rightful owners to avoid legal repercussions.
Landowners maintain the right to deny access for the retrieval of game or hunting dogs from their property. Hunters should be aware that there is no obligation for landowners to permit access for this purpose. Securing explicit permission is essential to prevent legal complications and to respect the rights of property owners.
Hunter Education Requirements
Hunters born on or after January 1, 1975, are obligated to carry proof of valid hunter education certification or possess a hunter education exemption permit while engaging in hunting activities. Acceptable proofs include hunting licenses, electronic documentation, along with proof of identity. Individuals exempt from licensing or permitting requirements are also exempt from mandatory hunter education certification.
Hunter education courses are conducted statewide to facilitate compliance with certification requirements. As of March 1, 2014, individuals must pre-register online to secure their hunter education card. This card serves as official certification. The course is open to children aged 9 and above. Upon completion, participants receive an orange certification card, demonstrating their adherence to hunter education standards.
Interchangeability of Certifications
Hunter education cards issued by other states are recognized and deemed valid in Kentucky, fostering flexibility for hunters with certifications from different regions.
Exemptions for Younger Hunters
Children below the age of 12 are exempt from the hunter education certification mandate. However, they must be accompanied by an adult meeting the hunter education requirement. The designated adult must be capable of assuming immediate control of the bow or firearm at all times during the hunting activity. Importantly, one adult cannot accompany more than two hunters under 12 years old simultaneously. This regulation ensures the responsible supervision and safety of young hunters in the field.