Learn about Kentucky hunting seasons, areas and regulations

Kentucky's rich hunting heritage predates the times of Boone and Walker. Several Native American tribes benefitted 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. Kentucky is a true sportsmen 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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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...
Murray, KY
4,044 acres, mostly wetland, open to statewide hunting regulations/seasons, numerous access points to Kentucky Lake
Pikeville, KY
3,395 acres, steep and rugges, mostly forested, jointly purchased and managed by KDFWR & Div. of Forestry, open to state wide hunting seasons
Pineville, KY
Public hunting and fishing, hiking, horseback riding, primitive camping,
Lockport, KY
2,629 acres, 7 tracts along Kentucky River in Henry & Owen counties, mix of hills and river bottoms, forested and open tracts, mobility impaired access
Jamestown, KY
Whitetail hunts, guided & self guided, multiple properties, lodge
Lebanon Junction, KY
1,537 acres, open to statewide hunting regulations/seasons, 8.28 miles of trails open to hikers,
Hartford, KY
137 acres, hunting and fishing, hilly & forested terrain
Cadiz, KY
3,700 acre park, 57,920 acre lake, marina, hiking and biking trails, 78 campsties, manageq quota hunts
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