Quota Hunts

The information listed here is for 2015-2016 and is here for reference only. The updated 2016-2017 information will be available in June or July.

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.

Applicants drawn for quota hunts must purchase applicable licenses and permits to legally hunt during the quota hunts.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR DEER, PHEASANT, QUAIL, UPLAND BIRD, BALLARD AND SLOUGHS WATERFOWL QUOTA HUNTS

To apply for deer, pheasant, quail, upland bird, Ballard and Slough Waterfowl 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 for different species at the same time.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number.

When the drawing 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, order number or Social Security number to find out if they were selected.


DEER QUOTA HUNTS

Deer quota hunts are held on 16 WMAs, three state parks (Greenbo Lake, Green River Lake and Lake Barkley), Pennyrile State Forest, and Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area.   

Additionally, there areand 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

The elk quota hunt application period runs from January 1 - April 30 each year and the drawing takes place in May.  Residents and non-residents are eligible to apply for each of the four permit types (bull or cow firearms, bull or cow archery/crossbow) but can only be drawn for one.  Each application costs $10. 


PHEASANT QUOTA HUNTS

Pheasant quota hunts are held on Yellowbank WMA, Green River Lake WMA and Clay WMA. All drawn pheasant hunters must buy (regardless of attendance) and carry while hunting a Pheasant Quota Hunt Permit, which is $25 and may be purchased online or from license vendors anytime before the hunt.  Permits are not transferrable.


Sandhill Crane Quota Hunt

Hunters must apply for a sandhill crane hunt online from Nov. 15 through Nov. 30, 2015 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 and UPLAND BIRD QUOTA HUNTS

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

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 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.
 
 

 

2015-16 DEER QUOTA HUNT CHOICES

 

Hunt Choices Dates # of Slots # of 2014 applicants Min Pref Points Hunt Remarks
1 Ballard Nov. 7-8 100 975 3

Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
New this year:  Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.  Scouting permitted through Oct. 14.

2 Beaver Creek Nov. 7-8 330 267 All Antlered deer only. Limit 1 during quota hunt.
3 Big Rivers WMA & State Forest Nov. 7-8 100 490 1
4 Clay Nov. 7-8 185 750 2 Limit 4, only 1 of which may be antlered, during quota hunt. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to 4.
5 Dewey Lake Dec. 5-6 150 399 0 Limit 1 during quota hunt. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
6 Fishtrap Lake Nov. 21-22 200 293 0 Limit 1 during quota hunt.
7 Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Jan. 5-6 90 145 0
8 Green River Lake & Dennis-Gray Nov. 7-8 400 650 0 Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
9 Green River Lake Mobility-Impaired* Nov. 7-8 15 14 All Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
10 Green River Lake State Park #1 Dec. 10-13 55 143 0 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. 17-20 55 79 0 Archery/Crossbow only. No check in or out. Must telecheck deer taken. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
12 Kentucky River Nov. 7-8 65
13 Kleber and Rich #1 Nov. 7-8 175 457 1
14 Kleber and Rich #2 Dec. 5-6 175 230 2
15 Lake Barkley State Resort Park Jan. 5-6 75 174 1
16 Mill Creek Nov. 7-8 350 374 All Limit 1 during quota hunt.
17 Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area Dec. 12-13 30 1 User permit required.
18 Paintsville Lake Nov. 7-8 300 415 0 Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
19 Pennyrile State Forest/Tradewater WMA Nov. 7-8 300 447 3 Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
20 Taylorsville Lake WMA #1 Nov. 7-8 268 513 1 Antlerless deer only. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.
21 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility-impaired* #1 Nov. 7-8 7 9 All Antlerless deer only. Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.
22 Taylorsville Lake WMA #2 Dec. 5-6 268 472 0
23 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility-Impaired* #2 Dec. 5-6 7 13 All Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired.
24 Taylorsville Lake WMA #3 Jan. 9-10 268 289 0
25 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility-Impaired* #3 Jan. 9-10 7 6 All Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired.
26 Veterans Memorial #1 Nov. 7-8 65 361
27 Veterans Memorial #2 Dec. 5-6 65 2 Antlerless deer only.  Hunters awarded 1 preference point for each female deer harvested, up to 4.
28 West Kentucky WMA Nov. 21-25 160 179 0 Shotgun and Muzzleloader only. Minimum 15” outside antler spread for bucks.
29 Twin Knobs Mobility-Impaired* Dec. 12 12 8 Open only to persons who are mobility-impaired.
*Only hunters who are mobility-impaired as described above 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.
 

(Hunts are for either sex deer, unless otherwise noted)

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