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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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Whitesburg, KY
4,849 acres, hunting under statewide regulations, 10 miles long on crest of Pine Mountain, accessed by Little Shepherd Trail,
Stanton, KY
551 acres, owned by Kentucky National Guard, open to public hunting with special regulations and hunting dates, area may close for training purposes and hunters should check b...
Morganfield, KY
5,450 acres, special hunting regulations, 23 miles of hiking only trails, 9 miles deisgnated horseback and hiking, 80 acre Mauzy Lake with bank access and boat ramp, shooting ...
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Jamestown, KY
Lake Cumberland, Guide for: striped bass, smallmouth bass, deer & turkey
Jamestown, KY
Lake Cumberland, Cumberland River, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Kentucky Pedal & Paddle.
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
James Kleber shooting range
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
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