The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, Western Kentucky University and We Make Things Happen Corporation and developed a survey instrument which was sent to all 400 hundred hunters selected in the lottery to determine how many visits they made to Southeast Kentucky for the hunt, how much they spent, what they experienced and what could be done to improve the hunts in the future.
Please see below maps of both Kentucky and the United States along with photos and comments from the hunters themselves.
SURVEY RESULTS OF THE 2008-09 KENTUCKY ELK HUNT (click on each page for a larger version or click here to download PDF file)
Click here for a larger map showing the breakdown of where the hunters selected came from by county and by state in 2008-09.
Click here for photos from the hunt and comments from the hunters-2008-09.
Click here for a larger map showing the breakdown of where the hunters selected came from in the United States.
I was successful on the first day and this experience was all new to me. Everything about it is great and don’t know how to improve that
It was perfect!
I had a wonderful experience and a successful hunt to boot, I can’t imagine it being any better. Thank you.
Everyone we dealt with was great and any questions we had were always answered completely. This hunt was so much better that 3 guided hunts I’ve had in Colorado in the past I tell all my friends to apply! As long as I can walk and fire a rifle I will apply for this hunt.
Troy & Chase Nunn
Alan J. O'Bryan
New Freedom, PA
Other Comments from Hunters:
Dale Hergott, Independence KY I think it would be great if you could give your tag to a family member in case of an emergency. The best help I received was from Dan Crank, the biologist. He was very helpful. Cow 400 lbs.
Craig Massey, Covington, KY Basically all I paid for with the guide was the place to hunt and it was very crowded. Very disappointed with location. Bull 650 lbs.
Paul Kreutzjans, North Vernon, IN Needed more access to private lands. It is hard for a nonresident to get access to land to hunt. Don’t have any deer season in during the antlerless rifle hunt. Good experience overall. Bull Calf 300-350 lbs.
Dennis Edmonson, Dry Ridge, KY The boundaries between the WMA’s and private property need to be mapped and or marked. Bull 900 lbs.
Ken Dzurenka, Sr., Canterbury, CT It’s hard to beat. Possible to contract refrigeration trucks to park in key areas to quick chill animals before long rider to processor, at least during rifle seasons in warm weather. Bull 1000 lbs.
Joshua Crabtree, Stanton, KY more hunting time for youth. Because of school, they don’t get a lot of hunting time.
Dale McClure, Mt. Vernon, KY This was my first elk hunt, it was amazing to see such animals. Cow 300 lbs.