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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Hindman, KY
15,038 acres, hunters must sign waiver and send copy to ICG and have copy in ther posession while on the property, twenty two seperate tracts in Breathitt, Knott and Perry cou...
Whitesburg, KY
857 acres in Kentucky, Letcher & Pike counties, steep terrain, camping available in some locations, check with USFS before camping
Prestonsburg, KY
Biking, hiking trails, 1150 acre Dewey Lake, pontoon boat rentals at boat dock, boat slips for rent, camping, cabins, some managed quota hunts
Owenton, KY
2,334 acres, check current Hunting Guide for hunting regulations, 3 mile out and back trail open to horses and hikers, single projectile shooting range, pond and creeks for fi...
Bardstown, KY
668 acres, open to statewide regulations, closed for deer modern rifle, fishing in Beech Fork, over 70 birds have been surveyed on area
Murray, KY
Guided whitetail hunts, turkey hunts, fishing on Kentucky Lake, lodge
Princeton, KY
1,999 acres, mostly forested with hilly terrain, scenic overlook, bow & rifle ranges, interpretive hiking trail,
Mayfield, KY
1,852 acres, mostly wetland, hardwoods, numerous opprotunities for hunting
Cumberland, KY
4,277 acres, open for public hunting and fishing under statewide regulations, oldest forest owned by the state of Kentucky, LIttle Shepherd Hiking Trail access & primitive cam...
Hickman, KY
Hunting & fishing guide service, located in Western Kentucky along Mississippi River, waterfowl hunts, guided and daily pit leases
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