Changes from last season are listed here for your convenience.
LICENSES AND PERMITS
- Some license offerings and fees have changed. Please see the General Information section for license and permit fees and license requirements.
- Pheasant quota hunt permits are not transferrable.
- Menifee County is now assigned to
- Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management
Area (WMA) in Grant County
and John C. Williams WMA in Nelson
County are open for the youth-only firearms
season under statewide regulations.
- A quota firearms hunt will be held
Dec. 6-7 on Dewey Lake WMA in Floyd
County. There is a one-deer limit during
the quota hunt.
- The 15-inch outside spread antler
restriction has been removed from Yellowbank
WMA in Breckinridge County
and Paul Van Booven WMA in Breathitt
- On Beaver Creek WMA in McCreary
and Pulaski counties, the modern gun
quota hunt will be for antlered deer only.
- The two-day quota hunt on Big Rivers
WMA will be held starting with the
first Saturday in November.
- Regulations pertaining to bear season
requirements were pending legislative
approval when this guide went to
press. Proposed items include allowing a
bear chase permit to be purchased online from July 1 – Dec. 31 and
establishing a minimum handgun restriction
to hunt bear. Please call 1-800-
858-1549 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30
p.m.) or go to the Bear Hunting page for the latest information.
- Coyotes can be hunted after daylight
hours using lights or night vision
equipment from Feb. 1 – May 31. Shotguns
are the only legal firearm for night
coyote hunting but a shell containing a
single projectile may not be used. Night
hunting for coyotes is prohibited on
Kentucky lands managed by Big South
Fork National River and Recreation
Area, Daniel Boone National Forest,
George Washington and Jefferson National
Forests, Land Between The Lakes
National Recreation Area, Clarks River
National Wildlife Refuge and Reelfoot
National Wildlife Refuge, including
wildlife management areas (WMAs)
located within the boundaries of those
- Hunting season for bobcat, river otter,
muskrat, mink, beaver, red fox, gray
fox, weasel and striped skunk opens one-half
hour before sunrise.
- Trapping season opens one-half
hour before sunrise.
- A snare is a wire, cable, or string with
a knot, loop, or a single piece closing device,
the deployment of which is or is not
spring-assisted, but any spring-assisted
device is not for the purpose of applying
tension to the closing device.