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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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New Castle, KY
Outdoor & survival skill instruction, bushcraft, wilderness & remote medicine, hunter camps and self defense camps
London, KY
6,691 acres, open to public hunting, statewide regulations and seasons apply
Hindman, KY
2,880 acres, rough mountainous terrain, fishing & boating available at Carr Creek Lake,


Stanford, KY
798 acres, 300 ft buffer surroinding Cedar Creek Lake, statewide hunting seasons except modern gun deer season, no spring turkey, shoreline fishing access
Benton, KY
7 cottages, boat dock with 16 slips, baot rentals, launch ramp
Benton, KY
8,265 acres, 1.5 mile rail trail, open to hunting and fishing with special regulations, there are some roads and trails, most areas have no developed access, wildlife photogra...
Carlisle, KY
Nearly 5,000 acres, offers hunting, fishing, river access site/boat ramp, numerous trails for hiking and horseback riding, primitive camping sites
Madisonville, KY
858 acres, primarily wetlands, may need boat to access during high water periods
Hardinsburg, KY
Guided & unguided hunts, upland birds, whitetail, wild turkey and waterfowl, upland bird sales, lodge
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