Hunting

Learn about Kentucky hunting seasons, areas and regulations

The rich Kentucky hunting and fishing heritage predates the times of Boone and Walker. Several Native American tribes benefited from Kentucky as a bountiful hunting ground. Fast forward a few hundred years and sportsmen in Kentucky have an abundance of game to hunt. A healthy whitetail deer herd that produces trophy bucks each and every year. A revitalized eastern wild turkey population gives turkey hunters in every county the possibility to harvest a bird. Many migratory birds pass through Kentucky along their annual journey through the continent.

A wealth of small game species can also be pursued throughout Kentucky. Now, the largest elk herd in the eastern United States is providing elk hunters with all new opportunities in eastern Kentucky. Over 80 Wildlife Management Areas are open to the public during Kentucky hunting seasons, as well as large portions of the Daniel Boone National Forest and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The Kentucky hunting and fishing scene makes for a true sportsmen's paradise. For more information, including Kentucky hunting seasons, licenses and permit details, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.


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Pineville, KY
8,198 acres, owned by Asher Land & Mineral, LLP & managed for hunting by the KDFWR, open to statewide hunting regulations, foot travel only off of area mine roads.
Beattyville, KY
2,506 acres, mostly forested with steep terrain, several clifflines, hunting for a variety of specieS, no ATVs, horses or rock climbing allowed on area
La Center, KY
8,015 acres,hunting, 9 fishing lakes, some boat restrictions, wildlife viewing,
Lucas, KY
8,799 acres in Barren and Allen counties, hilly to gently sloping terrain, fishing access, hunting for a number of species, primitive weapons hunting areas and impaired mobili...
Whitley City, KY
17,753 acres, located within Daniel Boone National Forest boundaries, only 150 acres are open fields, hunting and trout fishing, primitive camping allowed in some areas
New Concord, KY
119 acres, mostly wetland, open to statewide hunting regulations & seasons
Sturgis, KY
6,732 acres, Crittended & Union counties, mix of upland and bottomland hardwood forests and open agricultural lands, bordered by Ohio River and Tradewater Rivers, hunting for ...
Stearns, KY
Paddling with rapids up to class IV-V depending on season, 180+ miles of horse trails, overnight boarding and stalls for horses, IMBA "Epic" designated mountain bike trails, f...
Wickliffe, KY
8,389 acres, 8 separate tracts, creeks and ponds offer fishing for numerous species, 18 duck blinds, mobility impaired hunting
Harlan, KY
30,038 acres in Bell, Harlan and Leslie counties, seperated over many tracts of land, numerous species available for hunting
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