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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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Frankfort, KY
Bank access to Elkhorn Creek, open to statewide hunting seasons, except modern firearm,
Taylorsville, KY
3,050 acre lake, 10, 741 acre WMA, hunting and fishing, shooting range, multi-use trails available in adjacent Taylorsville Lake State Park
Dawson Springs, KY
729 acre WMA, hunting and some fishing opportunities, borders Pennyrile State Forest, unique geological formations, some terrain rugged and steep
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Perry Park, KY
170 acres, borders Kentucky River in Owen county, numerous species to hunt, fishing in area pond and Kentucky River, no designated trails but hiking is popular on unmarked pat...
Olive Hill, KY
946 acre state forest, approx. 30 miles of trails, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife viewing
Georgetown, KY
2,497 acres, adjacent to Interstate 75 in Scott County, mix of forested and open land
Smithland, KY
Guided whitetail & turkey hunts, lodging barn
Paducah, KY
6,560 acres, mix of old fields, woodlots, crop fields & food plots, 12 fishing ponds, retriever hunt test area, horseback riding trails, wildlife viewing area
Henderson, KY
Whitetail, turkey, waterfowl, predator, bowfishing
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