The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking input from the public on a proposal to lengthen the next rabbit hunting season.

Department officials have received a request to create one statewide rabbit season starting Nov. 1 and closing Feb. 10. Currently, rabbit season in the eastern rabbit hunting zone of the state is slated to open Nov. 1, 2013 and close Jan. 31, 2014. In the western rabbit hunting zone, the season is scheduled to open Nov. 11, 2013 and continue until Feb. 10, 2014.

The department is gathering public input using an online questionnaire to help determine whether hunters support or oppose this proposal. The questionnaire can be completed on the department’s website at fw.ky.gov.

The questionnaire contains basic facts about long-term rabbit populations in Kentucky so participants can make informed choices. The questionnaire takes only a few minutes to complete.

Results from the public input will be presented for consideration at the March 8 meeting of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Image courtesy Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

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