Frankfort, Ky. – A new online tool from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will allow hunters, anglers and trappers to create personalized certificates to help celebrate their experiences.

Users can upload photos of their fish or game and enter details about their experiences to produce printable certificates suitable for framing. The certificate program is available from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website at fw.ky.gov.

“We’re releasing this free product just in time for the Oct. 8-9 youth firearms deer hunting weekend, when a lot of young people will hunt for the first time,” said Brian Blank, director of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Public Affairs Division. “These certificates will be very popular among sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages, especially for those celebrating their first fish or game animal taken, or a special trip.”

Fishing, hunting and trapping in Kentucky are time-honored traditions dating back to Daniel Boone and the native Americans before him. These activities are still enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. They keep people active outdoors and infuse billions of dollars in economic impacts to Kentucky’s economy each year, according to industry surveys and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff created the certificate program to help hunters, anglers and trappers celebrate their trips afield or on the water by creating a high quality memento. Users create a title for their certificate based on the specifics of their hunting or fishing experience, such as “My First White-Tailed Deer” or “My 2011 Largemouth Bass.” The date and method of take can also be specified. The certificate tool can be accessed directly at http://fw.ky.gov/APP/certificate/.

“Please know that every time you print one of these certificates, your Department of Fish and Wildlife and its employees celebrate your fishing, hunting, or trapping achievement with you,” Blank said.

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