Daniel Boone National Forest opens roads for hunting season

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Daniel Boone National Forest has opened several roads on the Cumberland Ranger District to licensed motor vehicle use. Gates at the following roads will remain open until January 23, 2022.

Morehead/Cave Run Lake Area:

  • FSR 961 Ramey Creek Road
  • FSR 973 Buffalo Branch/Click Cemetery Road (main gate open, spur roads closed)
  • FSR 977 Big Perry Road
  • FSR 1058 Peter Branch Road
  • FSR 1225 Pioneer Road
  • FSSR 141 Elk Lick/Burnt House Road

Stanton/Red River Gorge Area:

  • FSR 165 Hatton Ridge Road

“Opening these additional roads provides a safer, more rewarding experience for hunters on the Forest,” said Jonathan Kazmierski, Cumberland District Ranger. “Hunters are better dispersed throughout the landscape which also ensures a more effective harvest.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service works with many valuable partners to enhance habitat and improve access to public land hunting. Hunters on National Forest lands are required to follow all state laws and regulations governing hunting. For detailed information on hunting season dates, hunting permits, and regulations, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website.

In addition to following statewide hunting regulations, the Forest Service asks all members of the public who use these roads to remain respectful of the Forest and of each other so that these roads remain in good condition for future motor vehicle use. To keep these roads accessible, the public is asked to:

  • Carry out their garbage so that litter won’t affect the outdoor experience of visitors.
  • Keep vehicles on established roads and pullouts.
  • Travel prepared for remote conditions and emergencies, share your travel plans and location with someone, and consider the suitability of your vehicle for the road conditions.

Roads may be closed earlier than planned if damage occurs from inclement weather or if vandalism or illicit use of the road system occurs. The Forest Service may close these roads if they see evidence of the public:

  • Removing vegetation, cutting down trees, and vandalizing infrastructure or forest resources.
  • Blocking gates to any road or spur road on the National Forest with vehicles or camps.
  • Operating ATV’s, including side by sides, on national forest system roads and trails other than those specifically marked for ATV use.

Inclement weather from previous years continues to impact many National Forest roads that were opened during previous hunting seasons. Work is ongoing on FSR 909 Shooting Range Road, FSR 1074 Murder Branch Road, FSR 1093 Scott Creek Road, FSR 16 Lockegee Road, and FSR 167 June Bug Road. Despite being closed to motor vehicle traffic, foot traffic is welcome on these roads during hunting season.

For a map of these road openings, as well as a habitat map of the Cumberland Ranger District, please see the Daniel Boone National Forest website publications page.

For up-to-date information about the Daniel Boone National Forest, visit their website, Facebook page or Twitter.

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