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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1,293 acres, mostly forested, steep terrain
1,983 acres, 97% forested, steep terrain, mostly upland timber, populations of deer, turkey & small game, open to statewide hunting regulations
1,599 acres, hunting open under statewide regulations, access by foot only, adjacent to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
13,009 acres, wooded and hilly terrain, hunting for a variety of species, disabled hunting access
1,847 acre WMA, dog training, hunting, pond fishing, rifle, trap, and skeet ranges, 12 miles of horseback riding trails, archery range
Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, road cycling, camping, Sheltowee Trace, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest
whitetail, wild turkey, upland bird, waterfowl, bass/panfish trips, 6,000 acres, backcountry camping available in some locations
572 acres, steep ridges and valleys, fishing in Mud Camp Creek, no developed roads on area
259 acres, mobility impaired access on entire WMA, mostly forested, open to statewide hunting regulations
Guided bowfishing trips on TN River, Cumberland River, KY & Barkley Lakes, trips fully outfitted
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