Archery season for deer and fall turkey begins September 6.  Read the 2014-15 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide before hunting.​

The hunting season for dove and some other migratory birds began September 1.  Read the 2014-15 Dove Hunting Guide before hunting.​

 Fish Hatcheries

There are two hatcheries located in Kentucky that are owned and operated by the KDFWR and one hatchery that is owned and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The hatcheries produce the fish that are stocked within the state and a few that are provided for other states. Minor Clark and Peter W. Pfeiffer hatcheries (KDFWR) produce the cool and warm water fishes such as largemouth bass, muskellunge, walleyes, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, blue catfish and channel catfish and the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery produces the cold water fishes such as the brown and rainbow trout. All the hatcheries are involved in additional projects such as mussel production and protection. The hatcheries including personnel are:

Minor Clark Fish Hatchery
Rod Middleton
Rod.Middleton@ky.gov
Peter W. Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery
Steve Marple
Steve Marple@ky.gov
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
James Gray
James.Gray@FWS.gov


The Forks of Elkhorn is the delivery personnel for the hatcheries and other areas. They assist with the sorting and bagging if necessary of the produced fish and stock the fish in the lakes of the Commonwealth. They also deliver the farm pond fish. The Forks of Elkhorn is supervised by Mark Roberts at Mark.Roberts@ky.gov.