Which License or Permit Do I Need to Hunt?

Kentucky Residents

Deer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License + Youth Deer Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License + Statewide Deer Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled License

Fall Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License + Fall Turkey Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled License

Spring Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License + Spring Turkey Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled License

Small Game & Furbearer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License
Ages 16-64
Annual or 1-Day Hunting License
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled License

Trapping

Ages 12-15
Annual Youth Trapping License
Ages 16-64
Annual or Landowner/Tenant Trapping License
Ages 65+/Disability
Annual or Landowner/Tenant Trapping License

Migratory Birds

(dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails, and gallinules)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License
Ages 16-64
Annual or 1-Day Hunting License + Kentucky Migratory Bird or Kentucky Waterfowl Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled License

Waterfowl

(ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License
Ages 16-64
Annual or 1-Day Hunting License + Kentucky Waterfowl Permit + Federal Duck Stamp
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled License + Federal Duck Stamp

Non-Residents

Deer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License + Youth Deer Permit
Ages 16 and over
Annual Hunting License + Statewide Deer Permit

Fall Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16 and over
Annual Hunting License + Fall Turkey Permit

Spring Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16 and over
Annual Hunting License + Spring Turkey Permit

Small Game & Furbearer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License
Ages 16 and over
Annual, 1-Day or 5-Day Hunting License

Trapping

Ages 12-15
Annual Trapping License
Ages 16 and over
Annual Trapping License

Migratory Birds

(dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails, and gallinules)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License
Ages 16 and over
Annual, 1-Day or 5-Day Hunting License + Kentucky Migratory Bird or Kentucky Waterfowl Permit

Waterfowl

(ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License
Ages 16 and over
Annual, 1-Day or 5-Day Hunting License + Kentucky Waterfowl Permit + Federal Duck Stamp

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​In order to hunt in Kentucky, anyone born on our after January 1, 1975 and age 12 or older must carry a Hunter Education card in their possession while hunting.  The KDFWR now has a permit that allows someone to hunt without a Hunter Education card for up to one year.  View details regarding the One-Year Hunter Education Exemption Permit.