Bear Hunters: The 2015 bear season with dogs opens Saturday November 28.  All hunters must check the KDFWR homepage or call the Info Center at 1-800-858-1549  after 9:00 PM each day of the season to learn if the black bear quota was met.  For information about checking bears, click here.

Deer Hunting

To deer hunt in Kentucky, you will need the appropriate hunting license (Resident Annual Hunting License for $20 or Non-Resident Annual Hunting License for $140) and the appropriate deer permit (for those 16 and older, you will either need a Resident Statewide Deer Permit for $35 or the Non-Resident Statewide Deer Permit for $120; for those ages 12-15, you will either need a Resident Youth Deer Permit for $10 or Non-Resident Youth Deer Permit for $15).  For Kentucky residents only, we recommend a Sportsman's License - - a great value that includes all the necessary licenses and permits for deer hunting PLUS turkey, other types of hunting, and fishing (a value of $140 for only $95).  A Youth Sportsman's License is a tremendous value at only $25 for resident youths age 12-15.  (Note that if you goose or duck hunt, you will also need a federal duck stamp.)  Buy Licenses and Permits Now Online!

Following are some tips for you as you prepare to deer hunt this season.   Another helpful resource is the “Basic Hunting” booklet.