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.​

 License and Permit Fees

LICENSE / PERMIT Resident Nonresident
LICENSES:
Annual Fishing $20.00 $50.00
Joint Husband/Wife Annual Fishing $36.00 Not available
1-Day Fishing $7.00 $10.00
3-Year Fishing (available online only) $55.00 Not available
Nonresident 7-Day Fishing Not available $30.00
Nonresident 15-Day Fishing Not available $40.00
Trout Permit $10.00
Annual Hunting $20.00 $140.00
1-Day Hunting (not valid for deer, elk, turkey or bear) $7.00 $15.00
7-Day Hunting (not valid for deer, elk, turkey or bear) Not available $55.00
Annual Youth Hunting (ages 12-15 only) $6.00 $10.00
Shooting Area License (available online only) $5.00
Annual Trapping $20.00 $130.00
Annual Landowner/Tenant Trapping $10.00 Not available
Annual Youth (ages 12-15) Trapping $5.00 Not available
COMBO LICENSES:
Annual Combination Hunting/Fishing $30.00 Not available
Senior/Disabled Combination Hunting/Fishing* (Includes same license and permits as Resident Sportsman's License, plus additional deer permits.) $5.00 Not available
Sportsman's License* (Includes combination hunting/fishing, statewide deer permit, spring and fall turkey permits, state waterfowl permit and trout permit.) $95.00 Not available
Youth (ages 12-15) Sportsman's License* (Includes youth hunting license, permits for two deer and permits for two turkeys.) $30.00 Not available
DEER:
Statewide Deer Permit (two deer) $35.00 $120.00
Youth (ages 12-15) Deer Permit (one deer) $10.00 $15.00
Additional Deer Permit (two deer) $15.00
BIRDS:
Spring Turkey Permit (statewide) (two turkeys) $30.00 $75.00
Youth (ages 12-15) Turkey Permit (one turkey, spring or fall) $10.00 $15.00
Fall Turkey Permit (statewide) (four turkeys) $30.00 $75.00
Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit $15.00
Federal Duck Stamp (available at post offices and online ) $15.00
Pheasant Quota Hunt Permit (if drawn) $25.00
ELK:
Elk Lottery Application (deadline April 30; available online only) $10.00
Youth WMA Elk Lottery (deadline April 30; available online only) $10.00
Quota Bull Elk Permit (if drawn) (available online only) $100.00 $550.00
Quota Cow Elk Permit (if drawn) (available online only) $60.00 $400.00
Youth Elk Permit (if drawn) (available online only) $30.00 $40.00
Out-of-Zone Elk Permit (non-resident available online only) $30.00 $400.00
BEAR:
Bear Permit $30.00 Not available
Bear Chase Permit  $30.00 Not available
Youth Bear Chase Permit $10.00 Not available
AREAS:
Peabody WMA User Permit $15.00
Land Between the Lakes (LBL) Hunter User Permit $25.00
Land Between the Lakes Hunt/Backcountry Camp $35.00
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area Admission Fees (per person) (may pay at the gate or purchase online) Daily: $3.00, annual: $30.00,
children under 12: free.
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area Special Activity Fees (per person, for use of horse trails, mountain bike trails and shooting range) (may pay at the gate or puchase online) Daily: $7.00, annual: $70.00
OTHER:
Temporary Hunter Education Exemption Permit (available online only) $5.00
Habitat Improvement & Public Access Donation (voluntary, available online only) Any amount

*Peabody, LBL and Otter Creek permits, elk lottery application, elk quota hunt permit, out-of-zone elk permit, bear permit, federal duck stamp and trapping license not included. An additional deer permit is not included with a Sportsman’s License. Kentucky’s license year begins March 1 and continues through the last day of February. New licenses are required annually, except for the 3-year fishing license. A 1-day or 7-day hunting license is valid only for the period shown on license. Resident and nonresident youth under the age of 12 are not required to purchase licenses or permits (except the elk lottery application).