Kentucky State Conservation Officers

  • Agency: Kentucky State Conservation Officers
  • Address: 104 E Main St, Auburn, KY
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Kentucky State Conservation Officers is located at 104 E Main St, Auburn, KY.

Kentucky State Conservation Officers News

BEAR HUNTING - 2018 UPDATE Hunters must have a current Annual Hunting License + Bear Permit to hunt bears in Kentucky. Additional details are in the Bear Hunting Section of the Hunting & Trapping Guide: Have a safe and successful hunting season.

The latest Ky Afield show is available. Wood duck season opened statewide on Saturday (15 September) and one of the reasons Kentucky is able to host an early season is due to the capture and banding of wood ducks at Sloughs WMA. Biologist Charlie Plush takes us through the process one early morning in western Kentucky. Next Chad demonstrates and explains the safest way to hang and hunt from a lock-on tree stand. Also, September is the month to apply for quota hunts, so we revisit a trip to Kleber WMA during a previous quota hunt to see what biologists pull from the harvested deer.

In Memory of Kentucky Game Warden Elijah Roberts Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. End of Watch: Saturday, September 14, 1918 Game Warden Elijah Roberts was shot and killed from ambush in Breathitt County by two suspects who were seeking revenge against him. He and another game warden were returning from a multi-day investigation in Hazard and were approaching Warden Roberts' home when the two suspects opened fire from a nearby cliff, hidden in a cluster of bushes. Warden Roberts was struck in the chest by the first shot and was then shot four more times after falling to the ground. The other game warden found shelter in a nearby cornfield. The two suspects approached Warden Roberts' body and then robbed it of his wallet, pistol, and shoes. The two men were scared away when Warden Roberts' 9-year-old son ran up to the scene and discovered the men. It is believed that the two suspects had learned that Warden Roberts would be returning to the area and had laid in wait overnight to ambush him. Warden Roberts was targeted because of his efforts to arrest game violators and moonshiners in Breathitt County. Warden Roberts had served as the game warden for Breathitt County and surrounding areas for over 3 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, and parents.…/18698-game-warden-elijah-roberts

The Kentucky Afield Fall hunting Call-in Show is here. Click the link, sit back and enjoy.....and get some of your questions about the hunting seasons answered too.

Congratulations to Captain Phillips on his recent retirement and his years of dedication to the sportsmen / women of the Commonwealth of Ky. During his career, he assisted several agencies across the country on case investigations, therefore earning him this distinguished award. Enjoy your retirement sir.,14958

With the coming of September also comes the start of several fall hunting seasons. Hunters Cody Gant and Justin Pius were hunting a public dove field near Bardstown Ky when Justin had the opportunity to take these photos and Cody sent them to us. Ky Conservation Officers Boone and Fisher were performing compliance checks in the area and were the subject of one of his photos. Thank you gentlemen for the photos and we hope you had an enjoyable hunt.

With the upcoming Kentucky 2018 - 2019 deer hunting season, there have been a few regulation changes. Please watch this video for a brief update, but be sure to get and read the new hunting guide before hitting the woods. If you have questions about the seasons, please go online @, contact the KDFWR Information Center at 1-800-858-1549 or contact your local Ky Conservation Officer. Have a safe and productive hunting season.

From our brothers / sisters in North Carloina:

On 31 July 2018, the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Law Enforcement Division lost 10 Officers to retirement. The total combined years of experience lost with these Officers is over 250 years. Please join the Kentucky Conservation Officers' Association in wishing these Officers a very well deserved retirement and success in their future endeavors. Captains: Brett Zalla, 2nd District, Charlie Phillips, 5th District, William "Buddy " Grayson, 8th District, Stuart Bryant, 9th District, Lieutenant Ray Lawson, 9th District, Sergeants: John Anderson, Investigations, Joe Mills, 4th District, Glenn Kitchen, 8th District, Tom Land, 9th District, Officer Bryan Bowling, 9th District. Thank you gentlemen for your service and congratulations on your retirement.

The members of the Kentucky Conservation Officers' Association send our sincere condolences and heart felt sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of retired KY Conservation Officer Sammie Renfro. Sammie passed away on 27 July 2018. Sammie Renfro 1944 - 2018 Sammie Renfro, age 74 of Chalybeate, KY departed this life on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. The Edmonson County native was born on April 16, 1944 to the late Herbert “Hub” Renfro and Maude Campbell Renfro. He was married to Sue Carroll Renfro, who survives. Sammie retired from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Conservation Officer. He was a member of Bee Spring Missionary Baptist Church . Besides his wife, he leaves to honor his memory-- one daughter, Kim Renfro of Bee Spring; three grandchildren, Brandon Hogan (Ashlie) of Bee Spring, Whitney Moon (Joey) of Brownsville and Daniel Pereira of Bee Spring; five great grandchildren, Adrianna Harp, Austin Hogan, Rayleigh Moon, Madelyn Hogan and Braxton Moon; one brother, Bob Renfro of Louisville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Interment will be in Hawkins Cemetery with graveside service by Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association, 315 Townepark Circle, Louisville, KY 40243. VISITATION 2 - 8 pm, Monday, July 30, 2018 9 am - 1 pm, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Patton Funeral Home Brownsville Chapel FUNERAL SERVICE 1 pm, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Patton Funeral Home Brownsville Chapel - ARRANGEMENTS BY PATTON FUNERAL HOME BROWNSVILLE CHAPEL - Online condolences can be made at

CONSERVATION OFFICER ELECTED TO PERSONNEL BOARD Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Richard Waite II was recently elected to the Kentucky Personnel Board. He was sworn in on July 13.

While wildlife may appear cute and cuddly, they are still what they are....wildlife. They are not domesticated animals, they are not tame animals, they are not pets......they are wildlife and are to be treated with respect and caution. Kentucky law prohibits the feeding of bears and this video is a reminder of why. Please remember they are wild aminals and are to be treated as such, for your safety as well as theirs.

Check out the latest edition of Ky Afield. This week they hit Lake Cumberland after dark, showcasing a great summertime technique. Minor Clark Fish Hatchery hosts one of the state’s largest fishing events on free fishing weekend. Spend some time with the kids and learn all about the event. Also, host Chad Miles has some fun shooting Metal Madness!

While checking fishing licenses in Faubush Creek on Lake Cumberland, Recruit Dylan Martin and Officer Jerrod Alley were asked if they would be in a picture with fisherman Morgan Jones as they checked him and his father, Robert Jones, enjoying some quality time fishing together. The Jones' were visiting the Lake Cumberland area from Monee, Illinois.

Annual turkey counts go high tech. Apps now available to allow more people to participate in research. FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 9, 2018) — For those interested in helping researchers estimate the size of Kentucky’s turkey flock, now there’s an app for that. Zak Danks, ruffed grouse and wildlife turkey program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said the department has added a smart phone app and a web-based survey to make it easier for people to report turkeys and poults spotted in the summer. “Since 1984, this survey has provided data on turkey productivity and survival in Kentucky,” Danks said. “Traditionally, we’ve asked people to fill out surveys then mail them in. Adding apps and the web-based survey makes it faster and more convenient for people to help out with this important research.” Danks encourages hunters, wildlife watchers and anyone who spends time traveling the state to participate in the survey. The department gathers survey information in July and August. Surveys results help researchers determine if weather conditions in the spring have affected the number of young turkeys surviving into the summer. For those wishing to participate in the turkey survey, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at Click the “seasons” tab, then use the pull-down menu for “hunt” on the top left corner of the page. Select “game species” followed by “spring turkey.” This page has links to a print and mail survey, a web-based survey and the app for Apple or Android smart phones.

On Friday June 29, Kentucky Conservation Officer Chris Riggsby was contacted by a Shelby County woman who wanted to surrender a venomous snake to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Thinking Officer Riggsby was a “regular” Fish and Wildlife employee and not knowing she had contacted a Conservation Officer, she told him she didn’t want him to tell the police she had it; but she didn’t want it in the house anymore because it had become too large and she wanted him to pick it up. Officer Riggsby arranged a meeting with the owner and after an investigation, Officer Riggsby was able to take control of a five foot long monocled cobra. The monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. The snake can be found in India, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia, as well as Malaysia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Nepal, and Thailand. The monocled cobra's venom is one of the fastest acting snake venoms in the world. Its venom, which has different potency depending on where the snake is found, can cause death within an hour of envenomation. The snakes owner was cited for importing and holding prohibited dangerous wildlife. The snake was transported to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Slade, Ky. It is illegal to import and hold many kinds of exotic dangerous animals in Kentucky. Please check state laws before doing so. To report suspected illegal activity to Conservation Officers contact your local Kentucky State Police Post or dial 1-800-25-ALERT. ,

Conservation Officer Estes’ persistence, investigation lead to stolen fishing gear recovery. Three professional anglers from Texas, Kansas and Canada, participating in an FLW Bass tournament on Lake Cumberland in April had more than $20,000 in stolen fishing equipment recovered thanks in no small part to advance contacts and later persistent investigative work by a Kentucky Conservation Officer. Officer Jason Estes’ early contact with FLW tournament officials led to a theft report just a few days later, triggering an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies that resulted in the arrest and conviction of Donal Weber, 33, of Antioch. The officers recovered and returned all of the stolen high-end fishing equipment. Weber pleaded guilty in Pulaski Circuit Court to theft of the equipment, possession of handguns by a convicted felon, fleeing or evading police, and cultivating marijuana (more than five plants). Circuit Judge David Tapp sentenced Weber to three years in prison. Weber’s conviction and resolution of the case were set in motion about a month earlier after a conversation between Estes and FLW tournament pro Scott Martin at Burnside Island State Park. “I gave him my card while we were talking and told him to give me a call if I could ever help him,” Estes said. That contact led Martin to follow up with Estes a just few days later with a request for him to be on the lookout for some top end fishing equipment stolen from another tournament participant. Estes quickly reached out to other area law enforcement agencies – Somerset Police Department, Burnside Police Department, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, and a local constable – with information of the stolen items, and they began pursuing the case. Other officers involved as the investigation progressed were Timothy Miller, Detectives Matthew Gates and Larry Patterson, and Lt. Randal Smith of Somerset Police, Burnside Constable Mike Wallace, and Stephen Alley and Sgt. Mike Hill of Burnside. Estes searched area pawnshops and left information with them about the stolen gear. He talked with other anglers and business owners around the lake as to if they knew of anyone trying to sell the equipment. His efforts soon produced a tip leading him and detectives to the Tri County Flea Market where they discovered some of the stolen equipment. Flea market owners also were able to provide Estes with information about the man selling them that included a first name (Donal), a photo, and description of the vehicle he was driving. Through their investigative analysis, Estes and the detectives determined the thefts to have occurred at the Burnside Island ramp. The sheriff ’s office there sought public assistance by posting the photo online, and they soon had more detailed information that pointed toward Weber. Then, while driving toward Burnside, Estes encountered Weber driving the suspect vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. However, his attempt turned into a six-mile pursuit that required the help of multiple agencies before it concluded at Weber’s residence. Officers found the remaining fishing gear items in a shed outside of the residence. They returned all of it to the three theft victims. The officers then arrested Weber and lodged him in the Pulaski County Detention Center. Jeff Gustafson of Canada, Jeff Sprague of Texas, and Casey Scanlon of Kansas were the targets of Weber’s thefts and thrilled to have their gear returned. Gustafson pens a column titled “The Live Well” that appears in the Fort Frances Times. He wrote about his Lake Cumberland experience. “I was shocked,” he wrote upon discovering his missing tackle. “This was years’ worth of tackle that I had compiled and it was irreplaceable… “A huge thank you to Jason Estes and the Burnside Police Department for their hard work to find my things and get them back to me. Most of the time these kinds of stories don’t have a happy ending so I’m very lucky.”

8th District Grayson Ky Three Ohio men plead guilty in Carter County to charges stemming from turkey baiting violations in the 2018 Kentucky Spring turkey season. On the opening day of the 2018 Kentucky Spring turkey season, Kentucky Conservation Officer Sergeant Glenn Kitchen and Conservation Officer Brad Stafford made contact with three subjects they located hunting on two separate baited locations on the same farm in Carter County. Jordan Marburger, age 24, of West Chester Ohio, was hunting over an automatic feeder of corn and Billy Henry, age 57 and Lane Henry, age 22, both of Sabina Ohio, were hunting over a bait pile of corn. All three were charged for Illegal take / pursue of any deer / wild turkey for the illegal activity of hunting wild turkey over bait / baited area. In addition to the illegal hunting activities, Lane Henry was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia that was located in the blind he was hunting from. On 25 June 2018, Jordan Marburger pled guilty to the charge of illegal take / pursue of wild turkey. He was fined $1000.00, loss of 1 years hunting privileges and loss of hunting gear being used that day. Billy Henry pled guilty to illegal take / pursue of wild turkey. He was fined $400.00, loss of hunting privileges for 1 year and loss of hunting gear used that day. Lane Henry pled guilty to illegal take / pursue of wild turkey. He was fined $750.00, loss of hunting privileges for 1 year and loss of hunting gear used that day. In addition, he also pled guilty to possession of marijuana. Report suspected illegal activity to Conservation Officers by dialing 1-800-25-ALERT or contacting your nearest Kentucky State Police Post.

4th District Nolin River Lake , Leitchfield, KY - On Saturday, June 16th, Conservation Officer Ben Fisher was on boat patrol near the Dog Creek area of Nolin River Lake. Officer Fisher was conducting a vessel stop when he heard the sound of a loud motor approaching him. Simultaneously, he observed the occupants of the vessel he had stopped began to move away from his patrol boat. Officer Fisher turned to see a personal water craft (PWC) banking abruptly to avoid a collision with him and splashing a large amount of water into his patrol boat. The PWC, being operated by Terry Stanton (35), continued down the lake but was eventually stopped by Officer Fisher. Once stopped, Stanton stated to Officer Fisher he thought it would be funny to scare Officer Fisher and the passengers of the vessel he had stopped. Further investigation by Officer Fisher led to the arrest of Stanton who was lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center on the following charges: 1. Boating Under the Influence 1st 2. Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree 3. Interference/Obstruction with an Officer Kentucky Conservation Officers are committed to keeping Kentucky’s waterways a safe place for the citizens of the Commonwealth to enjoy. Conservation Officers have zero tolerance for those who choose to operate a boat while under the influence. Please do your part to help keep it a safe summer, “If you see something, say something”. To report suspected illegal activity to Conservation Officers contact your local Kentucky State Police Post or dial 1-800-25-ALERT.

New fishing and hunting regulations proposed for 2019 Recommendations made by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2018) — The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new deer, elk and fishing regulations at its June quarterly meeting. The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly. Legislators must approve all recommendations before they become law. In elk-related business, the commission recommended hunting dates for the 2019 – 2020 seasons. The first segment of archery and crossbow elk seasons would open Sept. 14 and close Sept. 27. The second segment would open Dec. 5 and close Dec. 13. Hunters with this permit could take a bull or cow elk. The first segment of the firearms season for bulls would open Sept. 28 and close Oct. 2, while the second segment would open Oct. 5 and close Oct. 9. The first segment of firearms season for cow elk would open Nov. 30 and close Dec. 4, while the second segment would open Dec. 28, 2019, and close Jan. 1, 2020. Commissioners recommended creating three areas closed to elk hunting in order to emphasize elk viewing opportunities. Those areas would be Paul Van Booven Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Breathitt County, Fishtrap WMA in Pike County and an area centered around the future location of the Appalachian Wildlife Center in Bell County. The commission also recommended creating a series of hunting units in the elk restoration zone. In other elk-related business, the commission proposed issuing 594 quota hunt permits for the 2019-2020 elk seasons. The number includes 175 archery/crossbow permits, under which a hunter could harvest either a bull or a cow elk. The commission also proposed 150 firearm bull permits, 244 firearm cow permits and 25 youth permits. The proposed permit allocation is a reduction from the 2018 season. The change will encourage herd growth in areas with fewer elk, while the elk hunting units will distribute hunting pressure and provide a higher-quality hunting experience overall. Elk units are geographic hunting areas bounded by roads across the elk restoration zone. In deer-related business, the commission recommended changing the crossbow season dates starting with the 2019-2020 season. Crossbow season would open the third Saturday in September and close on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (Sept. 21, 2019 through Jan. 20, 2020). Archery deer season would open the first Saturday in September and close on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (Sept 7, 2019 through Jan. 20, 2020). In fisheries-related business, the commission recommended a 40-inch minimum size limit on muskellunge on Buckhorn Lake in Leslie and Perry counties. It also proposed a 14-inch minimum size limit and a six fish daily creel limit on walleye, sauger and their hybrids statewide. The commission also recommended statewide regulations of a 12-inch size limit, six fish daily creel for largemouth bass on Paintsville Lake in Johnson and Morgan counties, Lake Reba in Madison County and Benjy Kinman Lake in Henry County. Also proposed was a 15 fish daily creel limit on sunfish on Lake Carnico in Nicholas County. In other fisheries-related business, the commission proposed adding a two fish daily creel limit on paddlefish using traditional fishing methods and a four fish possession limit on paddlefish for both traditional and non-traditional methods. It also recommended that anglers no longer be allowed to harvest lake sturgeon using non-traditional methods, such as bow fishing or gigging. The commission also proposed banning the commercial sale of two fish species, mooneye and goldeye. It also recommended removing the shad restriction for bait on Carpenter Lake in Daviess County and making Benjy Kinman Lake idle speed only for motor boats using the lake. The commission also recommended revised limits for anglers who hand-grab channel and blue catfish from Taylorsville Lake, Barren River Lake, Fishtrap Lake and Dewey Lake. Commissioners proposed a five-fish daily creel limit of catfish for anglers using this method. Only one of the fish could exceed 25 inches. If approved by legislators, fisheries regulations proposed at the meeting would take effect March 1, 2019. The next scheduled Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern time), Friday, Sept. 7. Meetings are held at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife headquarters, 1 Sportsman’s Lane off U.S. 60 in Frankfort.

Two Arrested On Green River WMA Facing Drug Charges 4th District Law Enforcement Columbia, KY – On Sunday, June 17th, Kentucky Conservation Officer John Harris was patrolling the Plum Point area of Green River Lake WMA when he contacted three persons sitting in a car beside the lake. Further investigation by Officer Harris led to a search of the vehicle ending in the arrests of three people. Robert Brown, 47, of Jamestown, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree – Drug Unspecified and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Chasity Williams, 36, of Columbia, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree – Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Wesley Pitcock, 31, of Glasgow, KY was arrested on an outstanding probation warrant. All three were lodged in the Adair County Detention Center by Conservation Officer John Harris. Kentucky Conservation Officers are committed to providing a safe, drug-free environment for the citizens of the Commonwealth to enjoy the outdoors. Conservation Officers have zero tolerance for illegal drug use on Kentucky’s Wildlife Management Areas and need the help of the public, “If you see something, say something”. Report suspected illegal activity to Conservation Officers by dialing 1-800-25-ALERT or contacting your nearest Kentucky State Police Post.

Illegally kept deer fawn leads to drug charges Marion County man arrested following investigation by conservation officers FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 15, 2018) — The report of a deer fawn being kept illegally led to drug charges against a man and his mother in Marion County. On Monday, June 11, conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources charged 26-year-old Matt White, of Lebanon, Ky., with holding protected wildlife and one count of cultivation of five or more marijuana plants. Officers also charged White’s mother, 59-year-old Lebanon resident Mary Colvin, with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle. Colvin arrived at the scene while officers were obtaining a search warrant for White’s residence on McElroy Pike. Conservation officers were called to the residence after receiving a report of a captive deer fawn. In Kentucky, it is illegal for the public to keep a deer fawn. Deer typically give birth in May and June. Mothers leave their offspring for hours while they go off to feed. This behavior makes it more difficult for predators to find the fawns by looking for the mother. Young fawns also attempt to avoid predators by lying motionless to avoid detection. This also makes them susceptible to people carrying them off while the mother deer is away. Conservation Officers Brandon Boone and Lee Keith went to White’s house to investigate the captive deer report and discovered a fawn locked in a large dog cage outside of the garage. Upon further investigation, officers found multiple marijuana plants outside of the house and marijuana growing inside of the garage. Investigators said more charges may be forthcoming against White based on additional evidence found inside the house. White was arrested and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. The fawn seized in the case went to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife advises people who find deer fawns to leave them alone. In cases where it is obvious the mother is dead, fawns unable to survive on their own can be taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialist. Call 1-800-25-ALERT (1-800-252-5378) to report suspicious or illegal activity involving wildlife.

NASBLA WEEKLY 13 June 2018 What is Operation Dry Water? Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign. The mission of ODW is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water. Operation Dry Water's heightened awareness and enforcement three-day weekend takes place annually around July fourth, a holiday unfortunately known for drinking and boating, and deadly accidents. The 2018 Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend will take place nationwide, June 29-July 1, 2018. Awareness Campaign The outreach and awareness portion of the Operation Dry Water campaign is in effect year-round. Operation Dry Water focuses on spreading awareness of the danger of boating under the influence to the recreational boating public through the outreach efforts of NASBLA, the U.S. Coast Guard, participating law enforcement agencies nationwide and our partners. With alcohol use remaining the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, the mission of the ODW campaign and of those who support it is to change the cultural acceptance of drinking and boating and help boaters have safe and fun recreational boating experiences. The outreach and media coverage leading up the the enforcement weekend lends law enforcement agencies the opportunity to educate and inform the recreational boating public about the dangers and implications of boating under the influence in your state. Visit the Awareness Resources webpage for more information and materials. Heightened - Enforcement Campaign The purpose of the heightened enforcement component of the Operation Dry Water campaign is to deter boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When boaters chose to boat impaired they are endangering not only themselves but the many other boaters on the water as well. We are very thankful for the law enforcement support that the Operation Dry Water campaign receives every year. Just as they do on the road, law enforcement officers keep us safe in many ways on the water. This heightened enforcement weekend facilitates an opportunity for officers in your community to remove impaired operators from the waterways and to inform and educate boaters about the dangers and implications of boating under the influence in your state. If you are with a law enforcement agency and would like more information about participating in Operation Dry Water please visit the Law Enforcement webpage. Since the launch of Operation Dry Water in 2009, the number of boating fatalities with alcohol named as a contributing factor has decreased in the United States*. However, alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States. Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard. Learn more by visiting our Resources page. *USCG 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics