Monday, June 27, 2016

Crittenden man seeks Commission post


Terry Teitloff’s final term as First District Wildlife Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is coming to a close in August and a Crittenden County man is interested in replacing him.

Teitloff, 66, of Livingston County was originally appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear and served two four-year terms on the commission.

Russell Edwards, 53, who owns a hunting preserve in eastern Crittenden County, has been putting out feelers and making it clear that he wants to be considered as a replacement for Teitloff, who by law cannot seek re-nomination after serving eight years.
A meeting to nominate candidates for the First District commission seat will be held at 6:30 p.m., tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 28) at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center at Gilbertsville. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The district includes Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, Marshall and Trigg.

Residents of the First District who, for the past two consecutive years, have either purchased a Kentucky hunting or fishing license; or hunted or fished in Kentucky, but were not required to purchase a license may participate in the nomination process. The names of up to five nominees chosen at the meeting will be submitted to Gov. Matt Bevin, who will appoint one of the nominees to a four-year term, subject to state Senate confirmation.

Teitloff says serving on the commission has been an enjoyable and educational experience.

“There is much, much, much more to this organization than most people understand,” he said.

Teitloff said there are a number of issues that the new commissioner will face in the coming years, including declining turkey populations in Crittenden and Livingston counties and controlling Asian carp in Kentucky waterways.

Edwards is a lifelong outdoorsman who has operated a hunting preserve in the county for the last 16 years. It was originally named Tradewater Outfitters, but Edwards changed the name to Wing Haven Lodge in 2008.