301 KAR 4:090. Buying and selling of inedible wildlife parts

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/301/004/090.htm
Published: 2015

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      301 KAR 4:090.

Buying and selling of inedible wildlife parts.



150.010, 150.025, 150.175, 150.180, 150.183, 150.304, 150.330, 150.370,

150.411, 150.990


AUTHORITY: KRS 13A.350, 150.025


FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: The commissioner, with the concurrence of the

commission, finds it necessary to regulate the buying and selling of inedible

wildlife parts in order to assure the trade is limited to legally taken

animals. The purpose of this administrative regulation is to detail procedures

and responsibilities for taxidermists and others involved in storing, labeling

and mounting wildlife, buying and selling inedible wildlife parts and the

buying and selling of mounted wildlife specimens and products manufactured from

processed wildlife.


      Section 1.

Definitions. (1) "Licensed taxidermist" means any person,

partnership, firm or corporation that engages in the business and accepts

remuneration for the mounting of skins or other inedible wildlife parts or

wildlife and who holds a license under the provisions of KRS Chapter 150.175.


"Federally protected wildlife" means any federal threatened or

endangered species and any native migratory bird.


"Mounting" means to arrange processed wildlife for the purpose of



      Section 2.

Licenses Required. (1) Any person, partnership, firm or corporation engaged in

the business and accepting remuneration for mounting skins or other inedible

parts of wildlife shall possess a taxidermist license. Such licenses are

available by writing: Division of Fiscal Control, Department of Fish and

Wildlife Resources, #1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. The license

shall be openly displayed at the place of business and shall be open, along

with all records pertaining to the business and all wildlife specimens or

wildlife parts, to inspection during normal business hours by any properly

authorized agent of the department.

      (2) Individuals

or businesses engaged in the selling of garments or manufactured products

comprised of legally taken processed wildlife are not required to possess a

license from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

      (3) In addition

to the appropriate state license, all taxidermists who mount federally

protected species must have a federal taxidermist license. Federal permit

application information is available by writing: U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service, Division of Law Enforcement, P.O. Box 4839, Atlanta, Georgia 30302.


      Section 3.

Labeling Requirements. (1) All licensed taxidermists shall keep records of the

name, address and phone number of the owner and the date killed of all wildlife

or wildlife parts in their possession and shall tag each specimen or part to

identify its owner. Inedible parts of wildlife so tagged may be possessed year

round by a licensed taxidermist.

      (2) Deer heads

harvested in Kentucky or other parts separated from the carcass for mounting by

a taxidermist shall have the hunter's portion of the official game check card

properly filled out and attached to the separated part. Parts of deer taken out

of state shall be accompanied with proof of legal harvest. (15 Ky.R. 2328; Am.

16 Ky.R. 11; eff. 6-28-89.)