2012-2013 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping
RESTRICTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY
Week 1: Oct.
Week 2: Oct. 13-19, 2012
Sept. 15 - Oct. 5, Oct. 20 - Dec. 7,
and Dec. 22, 2012 - Jan. 21, 2013
Oct. 20-21, Nov. 10 - Dec. 7,
and Dec. 22-31, 2012
Week 1: Dec.
Week 2: Dec. 15-21, 2012
Oct. 20 - Dec. 7, and
Dec. 22, 2012 - Jan. 21, 2013
(either sex )
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2012
Hunters must follow deer season and equipment regulations to take
elk from any county not included in the 16-county elk restoration zone
(out-of-zone), and must have an out-of-zone elk permit.
HOW THE QUOTA HUNTS WORK
On Dec. 1, 2012, elk lottery applications will go on sale for the 2013-14
season. Hunters must buy their lottery applications before midnight EDT April
30, 2013. Elk lottery applications can only be purchased online from the
department’s website at fw.ky.gov.
and nonresidents are eligible to apply for elk quota hunts. Each
application costs $10. Hunters 15 years of age and under may apply for a
youth-only quota hunt during the same application period as the regular elk
quota hunt lottery. Five either-sex elk permits will be drawn. Applicants for
this youth-only hunt may also purchase elk lottery applications for the regular
elk quota hunts. A youth may not be drawn for the youth-only quota hunt and the
regular quota hunt for elk in the same year, and if drawn for the youth-only
hunt, a youngster will be permanently blocked from applying for the youth-only
Only individuals may purchase elk lottery applications, not a
party of hunters together. Hunters may apply for up to two of four tag types
(bull firearms, bull archery or crossbow, cow firearms, and cow archery or
crossbow), but may not apply twice for one tag type. A random computer drawing
is held in May to award permits from the pool of applicants. Hunters may check
to see if they were drawn on fw.ky.gov.
Drawn hunters must then specify their first, second and third
choice from the 10 Elk Hunting Units (EHUs). Then a second drawing is held in
July to assign each hunter to an EHU, based on the availability of an opening in
the EHU of their choice, at the time their name was drawn. Results are posted on
Resident hunters drawn for a quota
elk permit are required to buy a $30 elk quota hunt permit in
addition to an annual hunting license. Non-residents drawn are required to buy a
$365 nonresident quota elk permit in addition to an annual Kentucky nonresident
hunting license. Quota elk permits must be purchased from the department’s
website prior to hunting. It’s the hunter’s responsibility to find a place to
hunt in their assigned EHU. Information about where to hunt can be found at fw.ky.gov. Hunters
must get landowner permission to hunt private land. Hunters in the field are
two assistants, but only the permit holder is allowed to hunt.
Hunters awarded a bull elk permit will be blocked for three years
from applying for another bull elk permit. For example, hunters awarded bull
permits for the 2012-13 season are ineligible to apply for another bull tag
until the 2016-17 season.
QUOTA HUNTS WITHIN THE RESTORATION ZONE
The elk restoration zone includes the following 16 counties: Bell,
Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin,
Martin, McCreary, Perry, Pike and Whitley. Inside this restoration zone, elk may
only be taken by hunters drawn for a quota hunt as previously described. Permits
for quota elk hunts are non-transferable. All quota elk hunters must display a
department-issued hang tag in their vehicles while hunting. Drawn hunters were
mailed a paper copy of the regulations to the address on record for hunting elk
inside the restoration zone; the regulations and maps can also be viewed online
ELK HUNTING OUTSIDE THE RESTORATION ZONE
Elk may be taken from any county outside the
restoration zone by hunters who possess an annual Kentucky hunting license and
an out-of-zone elk permit. These hunters must follow deer
season and equipment regulations,
but are not required to possess a deer permit.
Elk taken in counties OTHER THAN THE 16 COUNTIES LISTED do not count
toward the deer season limit. The season bag limit on elk is one per hunter per
season, regardless of permit type. Hunters may not take an elk during a quota
elk hunt and also take an elk out-of- zone during the same season.
The season bag limit on elk is one per hunter per season, regardless of
permit type. Hunters may not take an elk during a quota elk hunt and also take
an elk out-of-zone during the same season. Elk hunters and those who accompany
them, or any other person hunting public or private lands in the elk restoration
zone during firearm elk seasons, must comply with the hunter orange clothing
All elk must be telechecked.
Hunters must call 1-800-245-4263
and report the harvest. (See the General Information section for details.)
Hunters who fail to properly report harvested elk taken in counties outside the
restoration zone are subject to severe fines and other penalties. A carcass tag
is required if a harvested elk leaves the hunter’s possession for any reason.
LEGAL EQUIPMENT FOR ELK SEASON
• A modern rifle of .270 caliber or larger, but firearms may
NOT be able to hold more than 11 rounds (10 in the magazine and
one in the chamber), may NOT be fully automatic (capable of firing
more than one round with one trigger pull), and may NOT be
shooting full metal jacketed or tracer ammunition.
• A muzzleloading rifle of .50 caliber or larger.
• A muzzle-loading or breechloading shotgun no larger than
10-gauge, and no smaller than 20-gauge, firing a single
(slug, round ball, conical bullet or saboted bullet) ONLY.
• A handgun with a barrel length of six (6) inches, or longer,
a bore diameter of .270 inches or larger, when firing a bullet,
producing at least 550 ft/lbs of energy at 100 yards.
• Archery and crossbow equipment.
KENTUCKY’S TROPHY BULLS: Top 10 bull elk taken by hunters
*372 6/8 Terrell Royalty
Greg Neff Bell
*367 7/8 Kelvin Jackson
367 0/8 Bill Auxier
Modern gun 2007
361 4/8 Franklin
Bruce Brantley Perry
*356 6/8 Chris
353 1/8 Wesley Gage
*349 2/8 Andy Kidd
*348 0/8 Ken Peters
Perry Modern gun
This list includes the 10 largest bull elk scored and reported to Kentucky Fish
and Wildlife. It is possible
unreported bulls taken in Kentucky may have scored higher than listed bulls.