Migratory Bird Hunting

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GENERAL REGULATIONS

HUNTING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

License: Unless license exempt, hunters must possess a valid Kentucky hunting license when hunting the species listed in this guide.

A Kentucky waterfowl hunting permit, and a federal migratory bird stamp, authorize the holder to hunt all types of migratory game birds including waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots, mergansers), moorhens, gallinules, rails, doves, snipe and woodcock.

For those who hunt migratory birds other than waterfowl, a Kentucky migratory game bird permit is required. The state migratory game bird permit authorizes the holder to hunt dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails and gallinules. (A federal migratory bird stamp is not required to hunt these species.)

When purchasing either a Kentucky waterfowl permit or state migratory game bird permit, hunters will be asked survey questions at the time of purchase.

BAITED FIELDS

It is illegal to hunt migratory game birds over a “baited” field. Baited fields are areas where grain, salt or other attractants have been placed other than those that occur by legitimate agricultural practices. Mature wildlife food plots grown to attract doves are legal hunting areas, as long as no additional attractants have been placed on these areas.

FALCONRY

The wildlife species listed in this guide may be taken by licensed falconers with any legal hunting raptor during the regular hunting dates listed for each species. All bag and possession limits apply to falconry hunting.

FIELD DRESSING

When field dressing, or otherwise preparing for transportation, any of the species on this page, except doves, one fully feathered wing or the head must be left on each bird for identification.

HUNTING REQUIREMENTS

All shotguns used to hunt any game species in Kentucky except deer must be plugged to hold three shells total; one in the chamber and two in the magazine. Shotguns of 10 gauge maximum are permitted.

TAGGING

No person shall give, put or leave any migratory game birds at any place or in the custody of another unless the birds are tagged by the hunter with the following: 1) The hunter’s signature and address; 2) The total number of birds involved, by species; 3) The dates such birds were taken. Tagging is required if birds are being transported by another person for the hunter, or if birds have been left for cleaning, storage (including temporary storage), shipment or taxidermy services.

WANTON WASTE

All migratory game birds shall be retrieved, if possible, and retained in the custody of the hunter in the field.

NON-TOXIC SHOT

Possession or use of any lead shot while hunting or attempting to take waterfowl is prohibited statewide. Only US-FWS-approved non-toxic shot may be possessed and used to hunt doves on Ballard, Boatwright, Doug Travis, Sloughs, Kaler Bottoms, Kentucky River, Duck Island, Taylorsville Lake, Ohio River Islands, South Shore, Yatesville Lake WMAs and Clarks River NWR and other areas as posted by signs.

WHICH LICENSE OR PERMIT DO YOU NEED?

KENTUCKY RESIDENTS

Migratory Birds (dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails gallinules)

Ages 12-15:

Youth Hunting License*

Ages 16-64:

Annual or 1-Day Hunting License
+ Kentucky Migratory Bird or Kentucky Waterfowl Permit **

Ages 65 and over OR Disabled:

Senior/Disabled License

Waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)

Ages 12-15:

Youth Hunting License *

Ages 16-64:

Annual or 1-Day Hunting License
+ Kentucky Waterfowl Permit **
+ Federal Duck Stamp

Ages 65 and over OR Disabled:

Senior/Disabled License
+ Federal Duck Stamp

NONRESIDENTS (must buy nonresident licenses/permits)

Migratory Birds (dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails gallinules)

Ages 12-15:

Youth Hunting License *

Ages 16 and over:

Annual, 1-Day or 5-Day Hunting License
+ Kentucky Migratory Bird or Waterfowl Permit

Waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)

Ages 12-15:

Youth Hunting License *

Ages 16 and over:

Annual, 1-Day or 5-Day Hunting License
+ Kentucky Waterfowl Permit
+ Federal Duck Stamp

* Included in Youth Sportsman's License
** Included in Resident Sportsman's License
NOTE:  Licenses and permits are not required for kids under the age of 12. 

HUNTING SEASONS

SEASON DATES - searchable application

SHOOTING HOURS

Dove, private land:

September 1:  11 a.m. to sunset
Remainder of dove season:  one-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Dove, public land (WMA's, leased fields):

September 1 - October 24:  11 a.m. to sunset. 
Remainder of dove season:  one-half hour before sunrise to sunset

All other species:

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS

Daily limit refers to the number of birds which may be taken during a one-day period. Possession limit applies to transporting birds after two or more days of hunting but does not permit a double daily bag limit in the field.

OTHER SEASON NOTES

DOVE

Eurasian collared doves resemble mourning doves but possess a black slash across the back of their necks. Hunters should not continue to hunt for Eurasian collared doves after reaching the 15-bird daily dove bag limit. Eurasian collared doves cleaned in the field count toward the 15-bird daily dove bag limit. If the head and/or wing remains attached during transport or in the field, hunters may take unlimited numbers of Eurasian collared doves.


Eurasian Collared Dove


 

CROW

Mechanical devices and electronic attracting devices for crow hunting may only be used during the open season. Crows observed committing or about to commit acts of depredation may be taken year- round; however, persons attempting to take depredating crows shall not use blinds, decoys, calls or other lures to attract birds into shooting range during the closed season.

EARLY WOOD DUCK AND TEAL

USFWS-approved non-toxic shot no larger than size T is required for all waterfowl hunting. Hunters may not possess or use lead shot while hunting or attempting to take waterfowl.

SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE

The following areas are closed to this season:

  1. Northeast Goose Zone: Bath, Menifee, Morgan (except the portion in Paintsville Lake WMA) and Rowan counties including Cave Run Lake.
  2. West-Central Goose Zone public lands (private lands are open): Muhlenberg County, Ohio County south of Rough River, Butler County west of Hwy. 79 and north of Hwy. 70, and Hopkins County east of Hwys. 814 and Madisonville, and south of Hwy. 85 east of Madisonville.
  3. Ballard Zone: Private lands in this zone are now open to this season, public lands remain closed. The portion of Ballard County north or west of the Ballard-McCracken County line to Hwy. 358; Hwy. 358 to U.S. 60; U.S. 60 to the city limits of Wickliffe; the city limits of Wickliffe to the center of the Mississippi River.

Areas manipulated for dove hunting ARE NOT legal for waterfowl hunting.

YOUTH WATERFOWL DAYS

Two weekends, one in each duck zone, have been designated for youth only to waterfowl hunt. Hunters under age 16 may take a legal limit of ducks, coots, mergansers and geese on these days. (Western Duck Zone: All counties west of and including Daviess, Ohio, Butler, Warren and Simpson). See the Waterfowl Hunting section for more information.

PUBLIC HUNTING

PUBLIC DOVE FIELDS (WMA's and Leased Fields)

Private fields in the cooperative dove field program are open for public dove hunting Sept. 1, 3, and 8 (except Mentor- Youth Hunt sites are closed to the general public Sept. 1). All fields reopen Sept. 8 - Oct. 24. Private cooperative fields are closed to public access except on the dates listed above. Hunters may drive by private cooperative fields prior to the season but may not leave their vehicles to scout. Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are open during regular seasons under statewide regulations unless otherwise specified in the following list.

Field conditions may vary considerably, even on the same WMA. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recommends hunters scout fields listed below to ensure they are ready for the time you plan to hunt. When hunting a public area, hunt safely and be courteous of others. Do not leave trash behind. The future of the cooperative dove field program depends on you.

WESTERN KENTUCKY

Ballard County

  • Ballard Wildlife Management Area (WMA): U.S. 60 west from Paducah, about 16 miles then right onto Hwy. 310. Travel about 6 miles to stop sign at Hwy. 358. Cross Hwy. 358 and continue on Hwy. 310 to Hwy 1105. Cross Hwy. 1105 onto Mitchell Lake Rd. then travel about 2 miles to fields on both sides of road. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.

 Livingston County

  • From Carrsville, take Hwy. 135 east 0.6 mile to field on left.
  • From Smithland, take U.S. 60 east to Hwy. 137. Take Hwy. 137 north about 4 miles to a right onto Chipps Rd. for about 2.4 miles to field on left.
  • From Smithland, take Hwy. 70 east 0.6 mile to field on left.

Special Closings

StarIndicates a Mentor/Youth Hunt site, where all or part of the area is reserved for Mentor/Youth Hunt participants on certain dates. Reservations are required for these hunts. Call 1-800-858-1549 for more information.

McCracken County

  • Clark’s River National Wildlife Refuge: From Symsonia, Hwy. 131 north about 2.15 miles to fields on left marked by signs. Mentor/Youth Hunts Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9; call 1-800-858-1549 for reservations. Opens to public hunting Sept. 10. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.
  • West Kentucky WMA: Tract 1 – U.S. 60 west for about 10.5 miles from I-24. Right (north) onto Bethel Church Rd. for about 2.3 miles. Field on right (east) of Bethel Church Rd. Tract 5 – 3 fields. U.S. 60 west from Paducah to Future City, turn right (north) onto Hwy. 996, travel about 3.6 miles then left (west) on to Hwy. 358 for 1.7 miles. Turn right (north) on to Boldry School Rd . for about 1 mile to fields on both sides of road.

WEST CENTRAL KENTUCKY

Allen County

  • From Scottsville, take U.S. 231 northwest for about 2.4 miles. Turn left onto Old State Rd. for 2 miles to field on left.

Barren County

  • Barren River Lake WMA: Goose Island Unit – Access from US 31 E to Hwy. 1318. Dry Creek Unit: 34 acres: Access from Hwy. 87 to Bradshaw Rd.

Breckinridge County

  • Yellowbank WMA: 20 miles north of Hardinsburg on Hwy. 259; 20 miles west of Brandenburg on Hwy. 144 to Hwy. 259. 2 fields, see map at Information Station. On Tract 4, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only (marked by signs).
  • From Hardinsburg, take Hwy. 259, turn left on U.S. 60, turn right on Hwy. 259, then right on Hwy. 110. From Hartford, take Hwy. 69 (north), turn right on Hwy. 54, then left on Hwy. 110.

Henderson County

  • Sloughs WMA: Hwy. 136 to Geneva, then onto Hwy. 268 for about 6.5 miles. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)- approved, non-toxic shot only.

Hopkins County

  • From the Pennyrile Parkway, take exit 37, turn east toward Pilot Truck Stop, then right onto Hwy. 813 for about 4.8 miles to field on left side of highway.
  • From Pennyrile Parkway, take exit 37 and travel east on Morton’s Gap/White City Rd for 0.3 mile to field on right. Parking adjacent to Blue Morton Bldgs. and follow yellow signs to field.

Ohio County

  • From Owensboro, take Hwy. 54 east, turn left on Old Leitchfield Rd., then right onto Zion Church Rd. From Hartford, take Hwy. 69 north to a left onto Zion Church Rd.

Muhlenberg/Ohio Counties

  • Peabody WMA: Sinclair Unit and Ken Unit. User permit required for Peabody WMA, call (270) 273-3568 for more information.

Union County

  • StarHigginson-Henry WMA: Hwy. 56, about 7 miles southeast of Morgan - field. Two fields, see maps at kiosk. One field (marked by signs) closed Sept. 1 for Mentor/Youth Hunt; call 1-800-858-1549 for reservations.
  • Big Rivers WMA: From Sturgis, take Hwy. 109 north, then left on Hwy. 1508 for about 1.4 miles. One field each on two access roads to the left of Hwy. 1508.

CENTRAL KENTUCKY

Anderson County

  • Taylorsville Lake WMA: From Taylorsville, travel east on Hwy. 248 for 14.8 miles. Field in Van Buren Bottoms below Hwy. 248 Bridge at Salt River. U . S . Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)- approved, non-toxic shot only.

Boyle County

  • On U.S. 127 Bypass in Danville, across from Applebees. Turn at Danville Fire Dpt., cross levee to field.

Garrard County

  • From Lancaster, take Hwy. 39 north about 4.3 miles to a left onto Hwy. 563. Travel about 1.1 miles to a right onto Kirby Ln. and follow signs to field.

Grant County

  • Curtis Gates Lloyd WMA: 3 fields. Take Crittenden exit from I-75. Follow U.S. 25 south to Hwy. 491, turn left across railroad tracks, then right on Wildlife Rd. Fields 2 and 3 closed Sept. 1 for Mentor/Youth Hunt; call 1-800-858- 1549 for reservations.

Harrison County

  • Griffith Woods WMA: Exit 25 on I-75 at Georgetown take U.S. 62 east toward Cynthiana. Field on left 0.5 mile from intersection of Hwy. 353.

Henry County

  • Kentucky River WMA: Welsh Tract: U.S. 421 to Hwy. 561, 1 mile west of Gest (near Lock 3). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.
  • Take Hwy. 55 north past New Castle about 5 miles, turn right on McCarty Ln.

Kenton County

  • Mullins WMA: One mile north of Crittenden on Eads Rd., bordering I-75.

Madison County

  • Miller Welch-Central Kentucky WMA: 9 miles southeast of Richmond; from U.S. 421 at Kingston left (east) onto Hwy. 3376 (Dreyfus Rd.) for about 2 miles. Turn right (south) onto Muddy Creek Rd. (just past WMA office) to dove fields on right.

Mercer County

  • From Harrodsburg, take U.S. 127 north to a left onto Wheat School Rd., then right onto Bondville Rd. for 1 mile to Hawkins Ln., field on right.
  • From Harrodsburg, take U.S. 127 north to a left onto Kirkwood Rd. (Hwy. 1987), then right onto Bondville Rd. Turn right onto Crews St., field on right.

Owen County

  • Kentucky River WMA: 2 fields. Field 1 - Hwy. 355 north to Browns Bottom Rd. Field 2 - Hwy. 355 north to a left onto Old Landing Rd. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only for both fields.

Shelby County

  • U.S. 60 to Hwy. 395, travel about 3 miles, take left onto Hwy. 1005 for 2 miles, then right onto Harley Thompson Rd. for 0.25 mile to field on right.

Washington County

  • Field is 0.5 mile south of Frederick - town, 2 miles from U.S. 150 on Burg Hill Rd., off Short Creek Rd. Closed Sept. 1 for Mentor/Youth Hunt ; call 1-800-858-1549 for reservations.

 NORTHEASTERN KENTUCKY

Bath County

  • Clay WMA: Justice Tract: From I-64 at - exit 110, take KY 11 north for 17.8 miles to a left onto Little Flat-Ledford Rd. Travel 0.7 miles to parking area on right.
  • From Owingsville, take Hwy. 111 north - east for 6.5 miles to a right onto Old Wyoming Rd., farm 0.5 mile on left.
  • From Sharpsburg, take Hwy. 11 (northeast) for 9 miles, to a right onto Hwy. 1325 for 1.5 miles. Take a left onto Hwy. 1602 for 2 miles to Pebble, then left onto N. Lick Branch Rd. for 0.5 mile to field on left.

Carter and Elliott counties

  • Grayson Lake WMA: Frazier Flats Unit - From I-64 at Grayson, take Hwy. 7 south for 7.5 miles to a left onto Hwy. 1496 for 4 miles. Turn right onto Hwy. 1122 (Little Fork) for 3.3 miles, then right onto Wells Branch Rd. for 2.6 miles. Turn left at intersection and travel 0.2 mile to WMA parking area.

Fleming County

  • Marietta Booth tract of Clay WMA: From Carlisle take Hwy. 32 east for about 12 miles then right at WMA sign. Go 0.3 mile to WMA parking area on left.
  • From Flemingsburg, take Hwy. 32 west for 8 miles to Cowan.
  • From Flemingsburg, take Hwy. 32 south to a right onto Coskery Pike, follow signs to field.
  • From Flemingsburg, take Hwy. 11 south for 5 miles, take Hwy. 1336 southeast for 3.6 miles, then 1 mile east on Graham Rd.
  • From Flemingsburg, take Hwy. 32 west for 1.9 miles.
  • From Mt. Carmel, take Mt. Carmel- Beechburg Rd. (Carpenter Rd.) south 1 mile, then east on Black Diamond Rd. for 1.3 miles.

Greenup County

  • South Shore WMA: From South Shore take U.S. 23 east to a left (north) at the South Shore WMA sign for 0.4 miles. Field is adjacent to parking area. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.

Lawrence County

  • Yatesville Lake WMA: From Hwy. 201 3.5 miles north of Blaine, take Cherokee-Irish Rd. for 1 mile to fields on right. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.

Morgan County

  • From the intersection of Hwy. 7 and 519, take Hwy. 519 north to a left onto Hwy. 976 for 0.3 mile, field on left.
  • From the intersection of Hwy. 7 and 519, take Hwy. 519 north to Hwy. 1414, field is on left side of Hwy. 519 at this junction.

Nicholas County

  • From Millersburg, take U.S. 68 north - east 1 mile to a right onto Hwy. 396 (Carpenter Pike) and travel 2.8 miles to farm on left.

Pike County

  • Fishtrap Lake WMA: From U.S. 23 south of Pikeville, take U.S. 460 east for about 15.2 miles. Turn left and proceed about 3.2 miles to field.

SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY

Adair County

  • Green River Lake WMA: From Columbia, take Hwy. 55 north for 2 miles, then right on Hwy. 551 for 2.25 miles, then left onto Hwy. 2971 (Holmes Bend Rd.) Travel 4 miles to a left onto Corbin’s Bend Rd. for 2.2 miles to field.

Green County

  • U.S. 68/70 south from Greensburg about 5.9 miles. Turn right onto Hwy. 218 for about 2 miles, left onto Roy Bagby Rd. Fields at end of road, on right. Closed Sept. 1 for Mentor/Youth Hunt ; call 1-800-858-1549 for reservations.
  • 30 acres: From Greensburg take Hwy. 61 north for 8.1 miles, turn left onto Hwy. 569 for 5.3 miles to a right onto Hwy. 566. Travel 1.4 miles to fields on both sides of the road.
  • From Greensburg, Hwy. 55 north to left onto Hwy. 55 Bypass for 0.4 miles to farm access road, follow signs to field.

Lincoln County

  • From Stanford, take U.S. 150 southeast for 5.4 miles, then left onto N. Cedar Ridge Rd. for 0.2 miles to Boone Rd.
  • From Stanford, take U.S. 27 north for 0.16 mile to a left on to KY 590. Travel about 1.5 miles and turn left on a gravel lane and proceed to marked field and parking area. Closed Sept. 1 for Mentor/Youth Hunt; call 1-800-858-1549 for reservations.
  • From Stanford, take U.S. 150 southeast for 6 miles. After crossing Cedar Creek Lake dam, turn left onto Sportsman’s Lane for 0.3 mile to the parking area at Cedar Creek Sportsman’s Club.

Pulaski County

  • From Somerset, take KY 80 west for 15.6 miles and take a right onto Hickory Nut Road. Travel Hickory Nut Road for 6 miles to field on right.

Taylor County

  • Green River Lake WMA: From Campbellsville, take Hwy. 70 east for about 2.2 miles to dirt road on left (across from Hwy. 76).

Wayne County

  • Two fields located beside each other: From Burnside, proceed west on KY 90 for 1.4 miles to a left onto KY 790. Travel for 10.8 miles and take a left onto Brammer Hill - Delta Road. Proceed 2.4 miles to a left onto Brammer Hill Ridge Road for 1.8 miles to field and parking area.

Whitley County

  • From exit 25 of I-75 in Corbin, proceed west on U.S. 25 W for 5.9 miles and turn right onto Frankfort School Road. Go about 0.13 mile and take a right onto Ernest Alsip Road for 0.17 mile to field and marked parking area.

SPECIAL WMA RESTRICTIONS

Wildlife Management Areas not listed here or in the “Closed Areas” section are open under statewide regulations.

BOATWRIGHT WMA (Ballard County)

Ballard and Swan Lake portion

Dove: Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2012
Snipe: Sept. 19 - Oct. 13, 2012
Rails, Moorhen, Gallinules: Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2012

No woodcock hunting permitted. The body of water known as Swan Lake and other areas designated by signs are closed to all hunting.

CENTRAL KENTUCKY WMA (Madison County)

Dove:  Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2012
Snipe:  Sept. 19 - Oct. 13, 2012

No woodcock hunting permitted.

PIONEER WEAPONS AREAS

Breech- and muzzle-loading shotguns may be used to take wood ducks and teal on the shoreline portions of the Pioneer Weapons Areas at 1) Cave Run Lake, and 2) all waterfowl at Barren River Lake.

WEST KENTUCKY WMA (McCracken County)

Dove, snipe and woodcock: Open under statewide seasons, except closed during gun deer seasons.

(WMA closed to September Canada goose season.)

OTHER HUNTING AREAS

The following areas have special seasons and regulations for all hunting. Contact the individual areas at the addresses and telephone numbers listed below.

CLARKS RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
P.O. Box 89
Benton, KY 42025
(270) 527-5770

FORT CAMPBELL MILITARY RESERVATION
Outdoor Recreation Branch,
Bldg. 6645 101st Airborne Div. Rd.
Ft. Campbell, KY 42223-5000
(270) 798-2175

FORT KNOX MILITARY RESERVATION
Hunt Control Office
Fort Knox, KY 40121-5719
(502) 624-7311

LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
100 Van Morgan Dr.
Golden Pond, KY  42211-9001
(270) 924-2065

OHIO RIVER ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
3982 Waverly Rd.
Williamstown, WV 26187
(304) 375-2923, ext. 117

REELFOOT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
4343 Hwy. 157
Union City, TN 38261
(731) 538-2481

CLOSED AREAS

CLOSED TO MIGRATORY GAME BIRD HUNTING

1) The main block of Robinson Forest WMA; 2) the portion of Grayson Lake WMA within three-quarters of a mile of the dam, the Deer Creek Branch, the shores of Camp Webb and the state park; 3) the Greenbrier Creek Branch of Yatesville Lake, including all islands, north of the mouth of Greenbrier Creek Branch; 4) Land Between The Lakes NRA from Sept. 30 - Nov. 30.

CLOSED TO WATERFOWL HUNTING

All designated goose refuge lakes within the Western Kentucky coalfields are closed to all waterfowl hunting.

WATERFOWL REFUGES

The following areas are waterfowl refuges: portion of Lake Cumberland WMA including Wesley Bend (bounded by Fishing Creek, Fishing Creek Road and Beech Grove Road) and Yellowhole (bounded by Fishing Creek Road and Hickory Nut Road) are closed to the public Oct . 15 - March 15. Ohio River Waterfowl Refuge (From Smithland Lock and Dam upstream to powerline crossing at river mile 911.5) is closed to hunting Oct. 15 - March 15 and Stewart Island is closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15. On Peabody WMA, portions of Sinclair and Homestead mines as marked by signs are closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15. On Sloughs WMA, the Sauerheber Unit is closed to the public Nov. 1-March 15 except the Crenshaw and Duncan tracts which are open for waterfowl hunting only. The area of Yellowbank WMA posted by signs is closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15.

YOUTH HUNTING

MENTOR/YOUTH DOVE HUNTS

Fields set aside for Mentor/Youth hunts are open Sept. 1 to pre-registered hunters only. On this day, adult dove hunters can introduce a young hunter to the challenge and tradition of the early season dove hunt. Hunts require pre- registration (see rules below for details). Thereafter, unreserved slots will be available on a first come, first served basis. Mentor/Youth dove fields on wildlife management areas reopen to the public Sept. 3, while private fields operated by the department reopen for general public hunting Sept. 3 and 8. The following rules describe the hunt.

MENTOR/YOUTH HUNT RULES

  1. Open only to adults accompanied by a youth (ages 15 and under), though not necessary for the youth to hunt.
  2. Both mentor and youth can hunt, but must do so from the same field location (stake). All hunters must stay within 15 feet of their assigned shooting location. One adult may take two youths to these hunts. Two shotguns are allowed per stake. Two limits of 15 doves allowed per stake.
  3. The number of hunters in Mentor/ Youth Hunt fields will be strictly limited to insure a safe and quality hunt.
  4. Field slots will be available only by advanced registration from 8 a.m. EDT Aug. 13, until 4:30 p.m. EDT, Aug. 27; call 1-800-858-1549 weekdays from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Unreserved slots will be available on a first come, first served basis at the field on the day of the hunt until all slots are filled.
  5. Hunting groups must check in prior to hunting and check out prior to leaving the field with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff.
  6. After the field is filled no new hunting groups will be allowed in.
  7. Hunting groups in the field may move to different staked sites when the as - signed group vacates that site.
  8. Hunters must leave their guns at their shooting location (stake) when retrieving downed birds.
  9. Shooting hours limited to 2 - 7 p.m., local time. All hunting groups must be out of the field by 7:30 p.m., local time.
  10. All hunters will be responsible for cleaning up their shooting location (including empty shells) prior to leaving the field.
  11. Mentors and youth must conduct themselves in a safe manner and abide by these and other rules posted at the hunt field. Failure to do so will result in termination of hunting privilege for that field that day.
  12. Hunter education and licensing requirements apply.