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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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Staffordsville, KY
1,140 acre lake, 57 miles of shoreline, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback on forest access roads, hiking at state park
Jackson, KY
2,293 acres, reclaimed surface mine property, owned by University of Kentucky for research projects, elk, small game, deer, turkey & songbirds inhabit the area
Madisonville, KY
45, 732 acres, $15 user permit required to enter the area for any recreational activity, separated into various tracts, some areas contain refuges and are closed seasonally, s...


Dawson Springs, KY
14, 724 acres, approx. 40 miles of trails, mostly forested, numerous roads and trails throughout property, some steep terrain, special regulations for deer hunting,
Salt Lick, KY
7,731 acres in Bath & Menifee counties, primitive hunting, primitive camping
Columbia, KY
1,171 acres, steep & forested land, no maintained roads or developed facilities
Stanton, KY
Rock climbing, hiking, biking, paddling on the Red River, campgrounds and some back country camping. Top destination for sport climbing, thousands of routes of varying diffic...
Hyden, KY
25,529 acres, fishing for muskie, bass & panfish in Redbird River, 25 miles of hiking trails, access to Redbird Crest Trail, open under statewide hunting regulations
Hickman, KY
10,428 acres, mostly in TN, small portion located in western KY, some primitive trails, visitors should take caution of swampy conditions and wildlife during warmer months, op...
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