Quota Hunts


NEW THIS YEAR

 

  • Pheasant quota hunt permits are not transferrable.
  • Only Antlered deer may be taken at Beaver Creek
  • Deer Quota Hunt at Dewey Lake, December 6-7. 150 slots available. Limit 1 deer during quota hunt. Minimum 15" outside antler spread for bucks.

 

OVERVIEW

 

INTRODUCTION

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conducts quota hunts for deer, small game (pheasant, wild quail and upland birds) and migratory birds (waterfowl and mourning doves).

Some hunts are mentored hunts for youth and accompanying adults. Some hunts are open to mobility-impaired hunters only.

Any resident or nonresident may apply for quota hunts. Only the person(s) successfully drawn for quota hunts may hunt. Substitutions are not allowed.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for quota hunts: Go online to fw.ky.gov or call 1-877-598-2401. The non-refundable fee is $3 per hunter to apply.

The application period is September 1-30 only. Hunters may apply for multiple quota hunts at the same time.

Applicants will be given the option to pick a first and second hunt choice, but may be drawn to participate in only one quota hunt per year. Applicants will receive a confirmation number.

When the draw is completed, the results will be posted here online.

Applicants may also call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at 1-800-858-1549 and provide either their confirmation number or Social Security number to find out if they were drawn.


BEAR QUOTA HUNT WITH DOGS

A bear quota hunt with dogs is available to Kentucky residents only. Unless license exempt, hunters must purchase a Bear Permit and a Bear Chase Permit or Junior Bear Chase Permit, in addition to an Annual Hunting License. Bear Chase Permits are available for purchase online. The harvest quota is five (5) bears of either sex.


QUOTA DEER HUNTS

Deer quota hunts are held on 17 WMAs, three state parks (Greenbo Lake, Green River Lake and Lake Barkley), Pennyrile State Forest, and Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area.  

Additionally, there is a youth-only deer quota hunt on Grayson Lake WMA, and quota deer hunts for mobility-impaired hunters on Green River Lake WMA, Taylorsville Lake WMA, and Zilpo-Twin Knobs Campgrounds (on Cave Run Lake).


Elk Quota Hunts


PHEASANT QUOTA HUNTS

Pheasant quota hunts are held on Yellowbank WMA, Green River Lake WMA and Clay WMA. Pheasant quota hunt permits are not transferrable.

2014 Pheasant Dates:

Green River - November 21, 22, 23
Clay WMA - December 5, 6, 7
Yellowbank - December 12, 13, 14

 


Sandhill Crane Quota Hunt

Hunters must apply for a sandhill crane hunt online from Nov. 15 through Nov. 30, 2014 and pay a $3 application fee. The drawing is Dec. 5. 
Applicants must have a valid Kentucky hunting license or be license exempt when they apply. Results are posted to individual applicants online following the drawing. Drawn hunters must pass an online identification exam before receiving a sandhill crane hunting permit.  

WILD QUAIL QUOTA HUNTS

Quota hunts for wild quail are held on the Ken Unit of Peabody WMA.

2014-15 Northern Bobwhite Dates:

Peabody WMA - November 22 (mentor), November 25, December 23, January 3, January 10, January 20


UPLAND BIRD QUOTA HUNTS

Upland bird (wild grouse, wild quail and woodcock) quota hunts are held on Clay WMA.


2014 Upland Bird Dates:

Clay WMA - November 5, November 16, December 14, December 16


WATERFOWL QUOTA HUNTS

Waterfowl quota hunts are held on Ballard and Sloughs WMA.


MOURNING DOVE MENTOR HUNTS

Youth hunters and an accompanying adult may participate in Mentor Dove Hunts on a limited number of public fields.

Locations of mentor hunts will be published in the Kentucky Hunting Guide for dove and early migratory bird seasons, available for download from the department’s website (fw.ky.gov) and Information Center (1-800-858-1549) in early August.


Follow the rules!

Hunters who do not comply with quota hunt requirements are ineligible to apply for any quota hunt the following year (including deer, pheasant, quail, upland bird and waterfowl), and will lose any accumulated preference points.

MOBILITY-IMPAIRED QUOTA HUNTS

Persons with one of the following physical conditions are eligible to apply for a mobility-impaired quota hunt. At check in, drawn hunters must show a WMA Mobility-Impaired Access Permit, available in advance of the hunt date from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

  • Has permanent paralysis of at least one (1) leg;
  • Has at least one (1) foot amputated;
  • Is permanently confined to a wheelchair or must use crutches, or a walker as a means of support to pursue daily activities;
  • Is restricted by a lung disease to such an extent that the person’s forced respiratory expiratory volume for one (1) second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one (1) liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty (60) mm/hg on room air at rest;
  • Requires portable oxygen;
  • Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class 3 or Class 4 according to standards set by the American Heart Association; or
  • Has a diagnosed disease which creates a severe mobility impairment.

 

2014-15 DEER QUOTA HUNT CHOICES

 

Hunt Choices Dates # of Slots # of 2013 applicants Hunt Remarks (Quota Hunts are for either sex deer unless otherwise noted)
1 Ballard Nov. 1-2 100 1109 Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
2 Beaver Creek Nov. 1-2 330 407 Antlered deer only. Limit 1 during quota hunt.
3 Big Rivers WMA & State Forest Nov. 1-2 100 137
4 Clay Nov. 1-2 185 761 Limit 4, only 1 of which may be antlered, during quota hunt. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested.
5 Dewey Lake Dec. 6-7 150 Limit 1 during quota hunt. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
6 Fishtrap Lake Nov. 22-23 200 329 Limit 1 during quota hunt.
7 Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Jan. 6-7 90 113
8 Green River Lake & Dennis-Gray Nov. 1-2 400 670 Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
9 Green River Lake Mobility-Impaired* Nov. 1-2 15 11 Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
10 Green River Lake State Park #1 Dec. 11-14 55 105 Archery/Crossbow only. No check in or out. Must telecheck deer taken. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
11 Green River Lake State Park #2 Dec. 18-21 55 70 Archery/Crossbow only. No check in or out. Must telecheck deer taken. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
12 Kleber and Rich #1 Nov. 1-2 175 441
13 Kleber and Rich #2 Dec. 6-7 175 210
14 Lake Barkley State Resort Park Jan. 6-7 75 185
15 Marion Co. WMA & State Forest #1 Nov. 8-12 25 61 No check in or out. Must telecheck deer taken.
16 Marion Co. WMA & State Forest #2 Nov. 13-17 25 34 No check in or out. Must telecheck deer taken.
17 Mill Creek Nov. 1-2 350 375 Limit 1 during quota hunt.
18 Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area #1 Nov. 15-16 15 85 User permit required.
19 Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area #2 Dec. 13-14 15 50 User permit required.
20 Paintsville Lake Nov. 1-2 300 380 Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
21 Pennyrile State Forest/Tradewater WMA Nov. 1-2 300 474 Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
22 Taylorsville Lake WMA #1 Nov. 1-2 268 435 Antlerless deer only. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.
23 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility-impaired* #1 Nov. 1-2 7 20 Antlerless deer only. Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.
24 Taylorsville Lake WMA #2 Dec. 6-7 268 488
25 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility-Impaired* #2 Dec. 6-7 7 13 Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired.
26 Taylorsville Lake WMA #3 Jan. 3-4 268 278
27 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility-Impaired* #3 Jan. 3-4 7 9 Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired.
28 Veterans Memorial Nov. 1-2 60 460
29 West Kentucky WMA Nov. 22-26 160 219 Shotgun and Muzzleloader only. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
30 Zilpo Mobility-Impaired* Dec. 13 12 19 Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired.
*Only hunters who are mobility-impaired as described on page 25 can apply and be drawn for this hunt. Antlered deer taken during quota hunts count against the statewide limit of one antlered deer per hunter, per season.
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