© 2024 WEKU
Lexington's Radio News Leader
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

First committee vote in 2024 session centers on fish and wildlife measure

Northern Kentucky Senator Gex Williams and Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Rich Storm
Stu Johnson
Northern Kentucky Senator Gex Williams and Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Rich Storm

The first bill passed out of committee in this 2024 General Assembly session deals with land across the Commonwealth. Specifically, the measure returns to a ten-acre limit in exempting farmland owners from sports hunting and fishing licensing. Grayson Senator Robin Webb, who previously won approval for a five-acre limit, supports this change back to ten acres.

“More people are gonna have to buy a license when we revert to the original law. That assist our Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in operating,” said Webb.

Webb said those license revenues are important since the Department doesn’t receive state general fund dollars.

The eastern Kentucky lawmaker said regulations are needed to deal with poaching concerns. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Rich Storm noted there is a need for clarification.

“I think over the years we’ve been debating back and forth what actually constitutes as an exempt landowner,” said Storm.

Bill Sponsor Gex Williams said future legislation could look at splitting off fishing from hunting when it comes to an issue like this.

* WEKU is working hard to be a leading source for public service, fact-based journalism. Monthly sustaining donors are the top source of funding for this growing nonprofit news organization. Please join others in your community who support WEKU by making your donation

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
WEKU depends on support from those who view and listen to our content. There's no paywall here. Please support WEKU with your donation.
Related Content