FORT KNOX, Ky. — With the fall season fast approaching, there is an expected surge in hunters looking for that ideal spot at Fort Knox.
Hunters need not worry, however, said Jimmy Watkins, Fort Knox Wildlife biologist, who explained that while there is a tier system in place at the installation, it is very possible for hunters to secure desired hunting areas if they plan ahead.
Prior to installation use of iSportsman, all required hunting preparations had to be done in person on the installation. Now, the majority of the steps can be done without having to step foot on the installation.
Watkins highly recommends hunters visit the Fort Knox iSportsman webpage to review hunting guidelines based on what activity they are looking to take part in.
“For example,” said Watkins, “there are some documents that must be carried with you while hunting.”
Included in the list of requirements are Kentucky and Fort Knox hunting licenses, as well as firearm registrations, to include muzzleloaders, through the Directorate of Emergency Services.
There are 3 tiers that determine who can hunt where, which can be found on the iSportsman website. The system is designed to ensure service members get first dibs at picking hunting areas, but it also includes an opportunity for everyone to participate, to include the general public.
If hunters are new to the installation, Watkins recommends looking out for deer and turkey, especially around Wilson Road.
“The additional hunting areas were opened around housing areas to be closer to residents and to help reduce car collisions,” said Watkins.
Whether hunters prefer small or large game, whether they are directly, partly or not affiliated to the military or Fort Knox at all, whether they choose to turn hunting into a family affair or a solo mission, there is a plan of action waiting for them.