FRANKFORT, Ky. (KDFW) — The dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Barren River Lake, Green River Lake and Sloughs wildlife management areas (WMAs).
Hunters interested in participating in the waterfowl blind drawing must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl hunting permit and a federal migratory bird permit (also known as a duck stamp) at the time of the drawing. Drawing participants born after Jan. 1, 1975, must also possess their hunter education card.
Hunters interested in participating in these drawings must also have their Harvest Information Program (HIP) confirmation number prior to the drawing. To get a confirmation number, hunters must visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov. Internet access is available at public libraries for those who do not have it.
To receive a confirmation number, hunters must click the “My Profile” tab on the department’s website and answer a few questions. This confirmation number provided at the completion of the survey must be written on the hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Hunting permit.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Doug Travis WMA in Carlisle and Hickman counties will be 10 a.m. (Central Time), Saturday, Aug. 26. The drawing will be at the WMA office, one-half mile south of Berkley on KY 123. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Lake Barkley WMA in Trigg and Lyon counties will be 8 a.m. (Central Time), Monday, Sept. 18. The drawing will be at the shelter on the east side of the Cumberland River at Lake Barkley Dam, off U.S. 62 near Lake City. Participants should use the power house entrance then turn right toward the drawing location.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Green River Lake WMA in Taylor and Adair counties will be 10 a.m. (Eastern Time), Saturday, Sept. 30. The drawing will be at the Green River Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office, off KY 55 approximately seven miles south of Campbellsville. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Sloughs WMA in Henderson and Union counties will be 7 p.m. (Central Time), Tuesday, Sept. 26. The drawing will be at Union County Middle School off U.S. 60 West in Morganfield. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
The waterfowl blind drawing for Barren River Lake WMA in Allen and Barren counties will be 7 – 9 a.m. (Central Time), Saturday, Oct. 7. The drawing will be at the Barren River Lake Corps of Engineers office, at the Barren River Lake dam off KY 252.
Hunters drawn for blinds on Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Green River Lake, Barren River Lake or Sloughs WMAs must locate, prepare and maintain the blind site for the duration of the 2017-2018 waterfowl seasons. Each drawn hunter may select a co-owner of the blind site for use in the absence of the hunter drawn. The co-owner must be present at the drawing.
Hunters may construct a permanent blind or use a boat or portable blind, but each blind site must be pinned with a permanent marker identifying permit holders for the site. Those hunters selected hold first rights for use of the blind site, but these blind sites are open to public use if the selected hunters are not in the blinds by 30 minutes before shooting time.