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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 in every season. A healthy whitetail deer herd produces trophy bucks each and every year. A revitalized eastern wild turkey population gives turkey hunters in every region 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. For more information, including Kentucky hunting seasons, required licenses and permit details, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The Kentucky hunting and fishing scene makes for a true sportsman's paradise–start planning your trip today!

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Hartford, KY
137 acres, hunting and fishing, hilly & forested terrain
Cadiz, KY
This State Resort Park has it all—even its own airport! Besides a great location with scenic lake views, Lake Barkley’s recreational opportunities include guided monthly hikes...


Jamestown, KY
52,936 acres, 39,484 acres when lake is at summer pool, hunting, fishing, hiking & 6 miles of horseback trails, gently sloping creek bottoms, forested & open areas, numerous b...
Golden Pond, KY
200+ miles of multi-use trails, located between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, camping, hunting, fishing, numerous wildlife and wildflower viewing opportunities
Dixon, KY
60 acres, mostly forested, hunting for whitetail, wild turkey & small game
Livingston, KY
Daniel Boone National Forest, Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, Rockcastle River. Bicycle and tube rentals available via the Livingston Visitor Center. Canoe and k...
Smithland, KY
1,898 acres, 3 tracts: Bissel Bluff State Natural Area, Newman's Bluff State Natural Area & Reynolds tract, Good to moderate populations of deer, turkey & songbirds, open to s...
London, KY
Daniel Boone National Forest, Levi Jackson State Park, Laurel County Cycling Routes, Rockcastle River, Laurel River Lake, Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, Mike's Hike & Bike
Manchester, KY
Goose Creek, Redbird River, South Fork Kentucky River, Redbird District Daniel Boone National Forest, Bert T. Combs RV Park and Campground Y-Holler Trail System
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