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 online at fw.ky.gov.
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 at fw.ky.gov. 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.
Sandhill Crane Quota Hunt
WILD QUAIL QUOTA HUNTS
Quota hunts for wild quail are held on the Ken Unit of Peabody WMA.
UPLAND BIRD QUOTA HUNTS
Upland bird (wild grouse, wild quail and woodcock) quota hunts are held on Clay WMA.
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.