Out 'N About: State law on baited area not clear

May 03, 2004|BUD BARNARD

The spring turkey season is drawing to a close. The last day to hunt turkeys will be Wednesday.

So far, I've drawn a blank in my personal hunts. I must admit I haven't been hunting much, as the farm I hunt on has a creek in front of it that must be forded to get to the hunting area. Because of the amount of rain we have received lately, making the creek rise, my hunting time has been curtailed. So far, I have only heard one gobble as I said last week, but I will keep trying.

I called the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources headquarters in Frankfort to see if I could get a little better clarification on the "baited area" law. The gentleman I spoke to informed me that if turkeys are "going to, or coming from" a baited field or area they may not be hunted. I then asked him how a hunter would know if the bird was going to, or coming from, a baited area, especially if the "area" in question is a large one. He did not have a ready answer for me on that question, and tried to switch me over to law enforcement. The law enforcement didn't answer and I was cut off. Maybe my "gray area" is one they didn't want to delve into.


While the hunting guide doesn't define "area" I could interpret the law to mean that if a person has bait for deer placed in his back yard, that doesn't mean I couldn't hunt in the "back forty." I would have no way of knowing if the turkey that I was hunting was on its way to the bait, but then again, does the law mean that the whole of a person's property is considered baited if ownership consists of 50 or 60 acres, or maybe more?

I think this law needs clarification, and I certainly was not satisfied with the phone call, but then maybe I'm paranoid and I was cut off accidentally. In any case I have decided that I will not challenge the law and will not hunt in an area where I know bait has been placed.

It makes sense to put on life jacket

A 21-year-old man from New Liberty drowned after the canoe he was riding in capsized on Lower Thomas Lake in Owen County.

He was not wearing a life jacket and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Personal flotation devices are not expensive, or at least most aren't, and they easily could save your life if you fall into the water. Whether you are fishing, canoeing, or just "joy riding" as a lot of people do, it makes a lot of sense to put on that life jacket if the boat is under way.

There are many types of PFDs. Always try for a "Class III" life jacket, and if you are a water skier, or a bass fisherman with a grin and bugs on your teeth, opt for a life jacket that is "speed rated."

Speed rating means that your life jacket will stay on at impact with the water at the speed your life jacket is rated for.

Now that turkey season is ending, fishing will come to the fore.

I don't know, maybe I'll take up Jai Alai.

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