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 Small Game Hunting and Trapping

This page is dedicated to small game hunting and trapping but you may download the

Entire 2013-14 Hunting and Trapping Guide here

NEW THIS YEAR

Changes from last season are printed in blue throughout this guide to assist you in noticing those changes.

.25 caliber air guns may be used to take small game.

An open wild quail hunt will be held on the Sinclair Unit of Peabody WMA during quail season. The shooting hours, Monday through Saturday, are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., local time; closed on Sundays. Hunters must check in and check out at the Peabody WMA office, and a hunting log must be visibly displayed on the dashboard of the hunter’s vehicle.

 


The following animals are considered small game: squirrels, rabbits, northern bobwhite (quail) and grouse.

 

Only rabbits and squirrels may be trapped. Hunting bag limits apply. Trapping equipment and restrictions are the same as those listed in the furbearer section.
A trapping license is required for anyone 12 years of age and older.
Trappers must harvest squirrels and rabbits upon capture, unless they possess a captive wildlife permit from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
Quail and grouse may not be trapped.
Seasons on WMAs and other public hunting lands not managed by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife may be different from statewide seasons.

 

SEASON DATES & RESTRICTIONS

View season dates below or view them in the Season Dates search

Squirrel

Hunting:

  • August 17 – November 8, 2013
  • November 11 – Febuary 28, 2014

Trapping:

  • Noon November 11 – Febuary 28, 2014

Free Youth Hunting & Trapping Week:

Hunting & Trapping:

  • Dec. 28, 2013 – Jan. 3, 2014

Rabbit

Eastern Zone Hunting

  • November 1-8, 2013
  • November 11-January 31, 2014

Eastern Zone Trapping

  • November 11 – January 31, 2014

Western Zone Hunting

  • November 11 - Febuary 10, 2014

Western Zone Trapping

  • November 11 – Febuary 10, 2014

Quail

Eastern Zone Hunting

  • November 1-8, 2013
  • November 11-January 31, 2014

Eastern Zone Trapping

  • No trapping

Western Zone Hunting

  • November 11 - Febuary 10, 2014

Western Zone Trapping

  • No trapping

Grouse

Eastern Zone Hunting

  • November 1-8, 2013
  • November 11 - Febuary 28, 2014

Eastern Zone Trapping

  • November 1-8, 2013
  • November 11 - Febuary 28, 2014

Western Zone Hunting

  • November 1-8, 2013
  • November 11 - Febuary 28, 2014

Western Zone Trapping

  • November 1-8, 2013
  • November 11 - Febuary 28, 2014

In Grouse Zone only. Grouse hunting is also allowed on Pennyrile State Forest, Tradewater WMA and Ft. Knox during the month of December, except during quota deer hunts.


LEGAL SMALL GAME EQUIPMENT

Hunting small game with slingshots is prohibited.

Hunters may ONLY use the following to take small game during the fall and winter seasons:

  • Rifles that shoot rimfire ammunition, or .22 caliber handguns.
  • Muzzle-loading or breechloading shotguns no larger than 10-gauge. Breech-loading shotguns must be plugged to hold a maximum of three shells (two in magazine and one in chamber).
  • Lead or non-toxic shot no larger than number 2.
  • Muzzleloading rifles.
  • Archery or crossbow equipment.
  • Pellets fired from .177, .20, .22 or .25 caliber air guns.
  • Dogs may be used to aid in the hunt.
  • Falconry.


BAG LIMITS

  • Squirrel: Daily limit is 6; possession limit is 12.
  • Rabbit: Daily limit is 4; possession limit is 8.
  • Quail: Daily limit is 8; possession limit is 16.
  • Grouse: Daily limit is 4; possession limit is 8.


FREE YOUTH WEEK

Resident and nonresident youth hunters and trappers ages 15 and under may hunt and trap small game without a hunting or trapping license during the Free Youth Hunting & Trapping Week.

Hunter orange clothing must be worn by all hunters during the Free Youth Weekend since youth hunters are permitted to hunt deer with firearms at that time.

Youth hunters must abide by all equipment regulations and bag limits for small game when hunting or trapping. Hunter education is not required for license-exempt hunters. Adults accompanying youth hunters/trappers during the Free Youth Hunting & Trapping Week do not need a license if they are not hunting/trapping.

Q: Is there a limit on the number of rounds a magazine can hold when hunting small game with a rimfire .17 or .22?

A: No. There is no limit on a rimfire gun's magazine capacity when hunting small game.

Rabbit & Quail

The Western Zone includes the following counties: Allen, Ballard, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McLean, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren and Webster.

The Eastern Zone includes all other Kentucky counties.

Rabbit trapping permitted only when rabbit hunting season is open in each zone.

Grouse

Grouse hunting is allowed in the following counties only: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Campbell, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Greenup, Harlan, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, McCreary, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.

Grouse hunting is also allowed on Pennyrile State Forest, Tradewater WMA and Ft. Knox during the month of December, except during quota deer hunts.

 

SPECIAL WILDLIFE PERMITS 


FREE YOUTH WEEK

Resident and nonresident youth hunters and trappers ages 15 and under may hunt and trap furbearers without a hunting or trapping license during the Free Youth Hunting & Trapping Week. Hunter orange clothing must be worn by all hunters during the Free Youth Weekend since youth hunters are permitted to hunt deer with firearms at that time.

Hunter orange clothing must be worn by all hunters on December 28-29, 2013 since youth hunters are also permitted to hunt deer with firearms at that time.

Youth hunters must abide by all equipment regulations and bag limits for furbearers when hunting or trapping. Hunter education is not required for license-exempt hunters. Adults accompanying youth hunters/trappers during the Free Youth Hunting & Trapping Week do not need a license if they are not hunting/trapping.