Other licenses and permits will not be affected by the change.
Under the old system, the department faced difficulties obtaining the names and addresses of youth hunters and those without a Kentucky driver’s license. This delayed notifications to all hunters and mailings of elk hunt information to all those drawn for the hunt.
Under the new system, hunters will provide their names and addresses when they register online at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website, fw.ky.gov. The new system speeds up the notification process and increases its efficiency.
“A majority of people were already using the Internet to verify if they were drawn for the elk hunt,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett. “This is the next logical step to promote the elk project and maintain a database to improve future elk drawings.”
Previously, hunters could purchase an application for a quota elk hunt through a license vendor such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart or county court clerk offices, or by calling the department’s license sales phone number. However, applicants did not have to supply their names or addresses at the time of purchase, making it difficult for department personnel to track down this information and contact hunters who were drawn. Department officials were able to obtain most names and addresses by cross-referencing Kentucky driver’s license records.
(The rest of this article can be found in this week’s edition of The Cadiz Record)