Archery season for deer and fall turkey begins September 6.  Read the 2014-15 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide before hunting.​

The hunting season for dove and some other migratory birds begins September 1.  Read the 2014-15 Dove Hunting Guide before hunting.​

 Hunting

Bring out your inner Daniel Boone with a hunting trip in Kentucky’s beautiful forests, rolling open fields and spectacular mountains. In Kentucky, you’ll discover abundant public lands to explore in search of wild game.

Here you’ll find the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi River. Our herd of nearly a million deer produces enough trophy bucks to keep Kentucky consistently in the top five rankings of the Boone and Crockett Club listings. Bear hunting opportunities are expanding as more bruins colonize the state from the southeast.

Kentucky is home to a variety of smaller game including squirrels, rabbits, quail and grouse. Migratory bird opportunities include doves, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes and more. Sunday hunting is allowed in Kentucky. Explore all the hunting that Kentucky has to offer on this website. Then come on out and join us for a day afield.

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​Know the Law!

Please read the hunting sections carefully to prevent being cited for a violation.  Make sure you understand Kentucky's hunting and trapping laws before going afield.  If you need help understanding a law, call 800-858-1549, weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The top five most issued citations related to hunting and trapping are: 1) Hunting or trapping without a license; 2) Hunting or trapping without landowner's permission; 3) Illegal take of game; 4) Taking more game than the bag limit; and 5) Failure to tag or check game.