2012 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Seasons
youth-only hunting weekend opens on the first Saturday in April. This year
the season dates are April 7-8.
youth-only hunting weekend is open to hunters 15 years of age or younger.
season opens on the Saturday closest to April 15 and lasts 23 days. This
year the season dates are April 14-May 6.
hours for the spring turkey seasons are one-half hour before sunrise to
one-half hour after sunset. However, hunters may be in the field before and
after shooting hours.
A hunter may take a
male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard. No more than one (1) bird may
be taken per day. No more than two (2) birds may be taken per season.
combination of male turkeys, or female turkeys with visible beards, may be
included in this two-bird season limit.
by youth during the youth-only season count toward the spring turkey bag
Feeding of Wildlife
March 1 through May 31, it is illegal to feed wildlife with grain, seed or
manufactured animal feed outside the curtilage of the home (the area
immediately surrounding a home or group of homes). This regulation does not
apply to normal agricultural practices or food plots, or municipal areas not
open to legal hunting or trapping.
Beginning March 1, and until the opening of the youth-only and general
spring seasons, it is illegal to mimic the sound of a turkey in an area open
to hunting if turkeys are reasonably expected to occur. But locating turkeys
with an owl, crow, coyote, or woodpecker call is permitted when scouting.
2012 Spring Squirrel Season
squirrel season in Kentucky, which started as an experiment on four state
wildlife management areas in 1994, went statewide in 1999. The season opens
on the third Saturday in May, is 28 days long, and continues through the
third Friday in June.
year, the season dates are May 19-June 15.
hunting license is required unless the hunter is license exempt.
are Kentucky’s most stable and abundant small game species.
spring season opens after the first of two nesting periods. Young squirrels
leave the nest after 45 days, to venture off on their own. Litters are
typically three to four squirrels.
The gray squirrel is the dominant species in the eastern third of Kentucky,
with a higher percentage of fox squirrels in far western Kentucky. Gray
squirrels are most often found in large tracts of forest lands. Fox
squirrels prefer small woodlots and wooded fencerows of agricultural areas.
Shooting hours for the
spring squirrel season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour
after sunset. However, hunters may be in the field before and after shooting
Daily limit is 6 squirrels; possession limit is 12.
for Coyotes and Other Wildlife
pigs may be hunted statewide, year-round, with no bag limit. A hunting
license is required
unless the hunter is license exempt.
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after
sunset. However, hunters may be in the field before and after shooting
Coyotes may not be hunted at night. Hand or mouth-operated calls, and
electronic calls that imitate wounded prey or coyote calls are legal. It is
also legal to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses.
pigs out-compete native wildlife for food, damage crops, and carry diseases.
Landowners are strongly encouraged to remove wild pigs from their property.
Trapping, which is legal year-round, is the most effective method of
removal. Wild pigs must be killed at the trap site, and not released. It is
illegal to possess, sell or transport wild pigs in Kentucky.
sightings, illegal activities related to wild pigs, and get advice on
trapping by calling Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549.