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 Wildlife Management Areas


  • ASHLAND WMA

  • 2,506 acres
  • Lee County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • ​Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • BALLARD WMA

  • 8,015 acres
  • Ballard County
  • (270) 224-2244
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
  • The 400-acre tract located south of Sallie Crice/Terrell Landing Road is open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.*

    Exceptions

    The Main Unit is closed to unauthorized public access annually Oct. 15 - March 15. The area west of Hwy. 473 within the two-mile driving loop is closed to all hunting as marked by signs.Hunting seasons on the Main Unit are as follows:

    Squirrel: Aug. 18 - Oct. 14.

    Rabbit & Quail: Closed.

    Deer*: Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons through Oct. 14 only, and the October Youth Firearm Season. Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 3-4.

    Portions of the area are closed, as marked by signs, during Quota Hunt.

    Turkey -- Fall Archery: Closed

    Turkey -- Fall Gun: Closed.

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    *A hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time, on any part of PUBLIC LAND HUNTING this WMA.

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  • BARREN RIVER LAKE WMA

  • 8,790 acres
  • Allen & Barren County
  • (270) 646-5167
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, deer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31.

    On the Peninsula Unit, including Narrows, Goose and Grass islands, hunters shall not use a modern firearm to take game. Crossbows legal for entire fall archery turkey season.


  • BEAVER CREEK WMA (DBNF)

  • 17,753 acres
  • McCreary & Pulaski County
  • (606) 376-8083
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Grouse: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Deer*: Quota Hunt, either sex, limit one, Nov. 3-4.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Elk: Portions in McCreary Co. are open to EHU 6a quota elk hunts, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    *A hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.


  • BEECHY CREEK WMA

  • 119 acres
  • Calloway County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • BIG RIVERS WMA & STATE FOREST

  • 6,729 acres
  • Union & Crittenden County
  • (270) 389-3580
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Deer: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 10-11.

    Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons. Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.


  • BOATWRIGHT WMA

  • 8,398 acres
  • Ballard County
  • (270) 224-2244
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
  • Swan Lake Unit:

    Squirrel: Aug. 18 - Oct. 14.

    Rabbit, Quail & Furbearers: Closed.

    Deer: Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons through Oct. 14 only, and the October Youth Firearm Season.

    Turkey -- Fall Archery: Closed.

    Turkey -- Fall Gun: Closed. Unit closed to all public access Oct. 15 - March 15.

    Olmsted, Peal and all other units: Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except some portions may be closed to public access as marked by signs.


  • BOONE FORESTLANDS WMA

  • 30,038 acres
  • Bell, Harlan & Leslie County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 5 and 6a-e quota elk hunts, and portions in Harlan Co. are open to bear hunting. The Begley ATV park is closed to elk hunting.


  • BUCK CREEK WMA

  • 850 acres
  • Pulaski County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons


  • BUCKHORN LAKE WMA

  • 3,571 acres
  • Perry & Leslie County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 4 and 5 quota elk hunts.


  • BURCHELL-BEECH CREEK WMA

  • 1,241 acres
  • Clay County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 4 quota elk hunts.


  • CANE CREEK WMA (DBNF)

  • 6,691 acres
  • Laurel County
  • (606) 376-8083
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, deer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31.

    Grouse: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31.


  • CARR CREEK LAKE WMA

  • 2,880 acres
  • Knott County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 3a and 5 quota elk hunts.


  • CEDAR CREEK LAKE WMA

  • 798 acres
  • Lincoln County
  • (270) 465-5039
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.

    Quail, Grouse & Furbearers: Closed.

    Deer: Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons.


  • CLAY WMA MAIN UNIT

  • 6,886 acres
  • Nicholas County
  • (859) 289-8564
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, crossbow deer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt and Main Unit is closed during quota fox hunts and Dec. 7-10.

    Other Exceptions

    This WMA (not including the Outlying Tracts) is closed to public use Sept. 6-8 and Sept. 27-29, except for those registered to participate in the quota fox hunting field trials on those days.

    Rabbit: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during deer Quota Hunt, and Main Unit is closed Dec. 7-10.

    Quail & Grouse: Closed except to drawn upland bird quota hunters. See pg. 40 for dates

    Deer: Quota Hunt, either sex, limit four, Nov. 3-4. Open under statewide regulations for Archery and Youth Firearm Seasons, except closed during deer Quota Hunt, and Main Unit is closed during quota fox hunts.

    Pheasant: Quota Hunts, either sex, limit two, Dec. 7, 8 and 9.

    Open Dec. 10 only to drawn pheasant quota hunters, either sex, limit three.

    Open Dec. 11-31; daily limit three, either sex.


  • CLAY WMA OUTLYING TRACTS

  • 6,886 acres
  • Bath, Fleming & Nicholas County
  • (859) 289-8564
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, crossbow deer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt and Main Unit is closed during quota fox hunts and Dec. 7-10.

    Other Exceptions

    This WMA (not including the Outlying Tracts) is closed to public use Sept. 6-8 and Sept. 27-29, except for those registered to participate in the quota fox hunting field trials on those days.

    Rabbit: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during deer Quota Hunt, and Main Unit is closed Dec. 7-10.

    Quail & Grouse: Closed except to drawn upland bird quota hunters. See pg. 40 for dates

    Deer: Quota Hunt, either sex, limit four, Nov. 3-4. Open under statewide regulations for Archery and Youth Firearm Seasons, except closed during deer Quota Hunt, and Main Unit is closed during quota fox hunts.

    Pheasant: Quota Hunts, either sex, limit two, Dec. 7, 8 and 9.

    Open Dec. 10 only to drawn pheasant quota hunters, either sex, limit three.

    Open Dec. 11-31; daily limit three, either sex.


  • CLEAR CREEK WMA

  • 859 acres
  • Hopkins County
  • (270) 476-1889
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • COIL ESTATE WMA

  • 795 acres
  • Carlisle County
  • (270) 224-2244
    • Hunting
  • Eastern portion open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Western portion closed to all hunting and trapping as marked by signs.


  • CONSOL OF KENTUCKY WMA

  • 4,693 acres
  • Floyd & Knott County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 2 and 3a-b quota elk hunts.


  • CORRIGAN WMA

  • 54,838 acres
  • Bell, Knox & Leslie County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 5 and 6a-d quota elk hunts


  • CRANKS CREEK WMA

  • 2,155 acres
  • Harlan County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 6a quota elk hunts, and bear hunting.


  • CURTIS GATES LLOYD WMA

  • 1,105 acres
  • Grant County
  • (859) 428-2262
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Picnic Site
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31

    Deer: Open under statewide regulations, except no firearms permitted for deer hunting.

    Unleashed dogs are prohibited from April 1 until the third Saturday in August, except during department-authorized field trials and the spring squirrel season.


  • DALE HOLLOW LAKE WMA

  • 5,630 acres
  • Cumberland & Clinton County
  • (270) 465-5039
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except the area between the lake edge and the Corps/Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park boundary is closed to all hunting.


  • DENNIS-GRAY WMA

  • 102 acres
  • Adair County
  • (270) 465-5039
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • (Same as Green River Lake WMA)


  • DEWEY LAKE WMA

  • 9,242 acres
  • Floyd County
  • (606) 424-2508
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, grouse, furbearer and fall turkey seasons. Also open to EHU 1 quota elk hunts.

    Exceptions

    Deer*: Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow and Youth Firearm Seasons.

    *A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.

    Firearms are prohibited for deer hunting on the area extending southward from the dam to Shoreline Campground No. 1, including all property from the WMA boundary downslope to the lake edge.


  • DIX RIVER WMA

  • 401 acres
  • Lincoln County
  • (270) 465-5039
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.

    Grouse: Oct. 1 – Dec. 31.

    Deer: Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow, Youth Firearm and Muzzleloader seasons.


  • DOUG TRAVIS WMA

  • 4,132 acres
  • Carlisle & Hickman County
  • (270) 488-3233
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except some areas may be closed to public access as marked by signs Nov. 1 - Mar. 15.


  • DR. JAMES R. RICH WMA

  • 1,704 acres
  • Owen County
  • (502) 535-6335
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons PUBLIC LAND HUNTING are closed during deer Quota Hunts.

    Other Exceptions

    Deer: Quota Hunts, either sex, Nov. 3-4; Dec. 1-2.

    Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except closed during Quota Hunts.


  • DR. NORMAN AND MARTHA ADAIR WMA

  • 635 acres
  • Boone County
  • (859) 428-2262
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Interpretive Site
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer


  • ED MABRY-LAUREL GORGE WMA

  • 698 acres
  • Elliott County
  • (606) 474-8535
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • ELK FOREST WMA

  • 16,204 acres
  • Bell, Clay, Knox & Leslie County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 6a-d quota elk hunts.


  • FISHTRAP LAKE WMA

  • 13,134 acres
  • Pike County
  • (606) 424-2086
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, grouse, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt. Also open to bear hunting and EHU 1 quota elk hunts, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Deer: Quota Hunt, either sex, limit one, Nov. 17-18.

    Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons. Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.


  • FLEMING WMA

  • 1,907 acres
  • Fleming County
  • (859) 289-8564
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, deer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31.

    Grouse: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31


  • GRAYSON LAKE WMA

  • 8,025 acres
  • Carter & Elliott County
  • (606) 474-8535
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, grouse, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during Open Youth Deer Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Deer: Open Youth Hunt, any deer, Nov. 3-4 (See below for details).

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery Season, except closed during the Open Youth Hunt. Crossbows legal during entire archery season, except closed during the Open Youth Hunt. Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons.

    Open Youth Hunt Details: This hunt is limited to youth 15 and under, who check in between noon and 8 p.m. Eastern on the day before the hunt (Nov. 2), or between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on hunt days. The bag limit is two deer, only one of which may be antlered. All hunters must check out when finished hunting, when their bag limit is reached, or by 8 p.m. on the final day of the hunt


  • GREEN RIVER LAKE WMA

  • 21,037 acres
  • Taylor & Adair County
  • (270) 465-5039
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunts and Nov. 16-19.

    Other Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during deer Quota Hunts and Nov. 16-19.

    Grouse: Closed.

    Deer*: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 3-4. Mobility-Impaired Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 3-4

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except Archery Season closed during deer Quota Hunts.

    Pheasant: Quota Hunts, either sex, limit two, Nov. 16, 17 and 18.

    Open Nov. 19 only to drawn pheasant quota hunters, either sex, limit three

    Open Nov. 20 – Dec. 31, either sex, daily limit three.

    *A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.


  • GRIFFITH WOODS WMA

  • 744 acres
  • Harrison County
  • (859) 428-2262
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow and Youth Firearm Seasons. Open under statewide regulations for small game and fall turkey seasons.


  • HENSLEY-PINE MOUNTAIN WMA

  • 4,849 acres
  • Harlan & Letcher County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except closed to bear hunting. Also open to EHU 5 quota elk hunts.


  • HIGGINSON-HENRY WMA

  • 5,450 acres
  • Union County
  • (270) 389-3580
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Interpretive Site
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
    • Picnic Site
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall archery/ crossbow turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 15 - Dec. 31

    Deer*: Open under statewide regulations for Archery Season and Youth Firearm Seasons, except hunters may harvest only one deer per year

    Turkey -- Fall Gun: Closed

     


  • JOHN A. KLEBER WMA

  • 2,334 acres
  • Owen & Franklin County
  • (502) 535-6335
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Horseback Trails
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons and public shooting range are closed during deer Quota Hunts.

    Other Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during Quota Hunts.

    Deer: Quota Hunts, either sex, Nov. 3-4; Dec. 1-2.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except closed during Quota Hunts.

    Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons.


  • JOHN C. WILLIAMS WMA

  • 688 acres
  • Nelson County
  • (502) 477-9024
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer.


  • JONES-KEENEY WMA

  • 1,999 acres
  • Caldwell County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • KALER BOTTOMS WMA

  • 1,852 acres
  • Graves County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • KENTUCKY LAKE WMA

  • 4,044 acres
  • Calloway & Marshall County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • KENTUCKY RIDGE FOREST WMA

  • 3,395 acres
  • Bell County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 6a quota elk hunts.


  • KENTUCKY RIVER WMA

  • 2,629 acres
  • Henry & Owen County
  • (502) 535-6335
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer during the muzzleloader and modern gun deer seasons. Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons.


  • KNOBS STATE FOREST & WMA

  • 1,537 acres
  • Bullitt County
  • (502) 477-9024
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer.


  • L.B. DAVISON WMA

  • 137 acres
  • Ohio County
  • (270) 476-1889
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • LAKE BARKLEY WMA

  • 907 acres
  • Trigg & Lyon County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except North Refuge is closed Nov. 1 – Feb. 15 and Duck Island Refuge is closed Oct. 15 – March 15.


  • LAKE CUMBERLAND WMA

  • 52,936 acres
  • Clinton, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell & Wayne County
  • (606) 376-8083
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, deer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31.

    Grouse: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31.

    Elk: Portions in McCreary Co. are open to EHU 6a quota elk hunts.

    The area between the lake edge and the Corps/Lake Cumberland State Resort Park boundary is closed to all hunting. Wesley Bend and Yellowhole portions closed to public access Oct. 15 - March 15.


  • LEE K. NELSON WMA

  • 60 acres
  • Webster County
  • (270) 389-3580
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • LEWIS COUNTY WMA

  • 1,156 acres
  • Lewis County
  • (606) 474-8535
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except centerfire rifles and handguns may not be used to take deer.


  • LIVINGSTON COUNTY WMA & STATE NATURAL AREA

  • 1,898 acres
  • Livingston County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except modern firearms may not be used to take deer during the modern gun deer season.


  • MARION COUNTY WMA & STATE FOREST

  • 1,293 acres
  • Marion County
  • (502) 477-9024
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow, Youth Firearm and Muzzleloader Seasons, except closed during Quota Hunts.

    Deer Quota Hunts Nov. 10-14 and Nov. 15-19, with no check-in or checkout required.


  • MARROWBONE STATE FOREST & WMA

  • 1,983 acres
  • Cumberland & Metcalfe County
  • (270) 646-5167
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • MARTINS FORK LAKE WMA

  • 829 acres
  • Harlan County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to bear hunting and EHU6a quota elk hunts.


  • MARTINS FORK WMA & STATE NATURAL AREA

  • 1,599 acres
  • Harlan County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to bear hunting and EHU6a quota elk hunts


  • MILL CREEK WMA (DBNF)

  • 13,009 acres
  • Jackson County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, grouse, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during Quota Hunt.

    Deer: Quota Hunt, either sex, limit one, Nov. 3-4

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except Archery Season closed during Quota Hunt.


  • MILLER WELCH-CENTRAL KENTUCKY WMA

  • 1,847 acres
  • Madison County
  • (859) 986-4130
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer trapping and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Closed.

    Furbearer Hunting: Closed.

    Deer: Open Archery Hunt, either sex, Wednesdays only (except closed during scheduled field trials as posted on bulletin board at WMA office), Sept. 1 - Dec. 17.

    Open Archery Hunt, either sex, Dec. 18 - Jan. 21.

    Unleashed dogs are prohibited April 1 until the third Saturday in August, except during department-authorized field trials and the spring squirrel season. At other times of the year, unleashed dogs are permitted only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.


  • MUD CAMP CREEK WMA

  • 572 acres
  • Cumberland County
  • (270) 465-5039
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer during the modern gun deer season.

    Best access to WMA is by boat or by permission of private landowners to cross their property to the adjacent WMA.


  • MULLINS WMA

  • 259 acres
  • Kenton County
  • (859) 428-2262
    • Hunting
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31

    Deer: Open under statewide regulations, except firearms may not be used to take deer.

    Unleashed dogs are prohibited April 1 until the third Saturday in August, except during department-authorized field trials and the spring squirrel season.


  • NOLIN RIVER LAKE WMA

  • 6,456 acres
  • Edmonson, Grayson & Hart County
  • (270) 646-5167
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, deer and fall turkey seasons

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31

    Best access to WMA is by boat or by permission of private landowners to cross their property to the adjacent WMA.


  • OBION CREEK WMA

  • 4,258 acres
  • Hickman, Carlisle & Fulton County
  • (270) 488-3233
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • OHIO RIVER ISLANDS WMA

  • 1,264 acres
  • Livingston County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
  • Stewart Island (also known as Birdsville Island) Unit:

    Squirrel: Aug. 18 - Oct. 14

    Rabbit & Quail: Closed.

    Deer: Open under statewide regulations for Oct. Muzzleloader Season and Oct. Youth Firearm Season. Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons through Oct. 14.

    Turkey -- Fall Archery/Crossbow: Open under statewide regulations through Oct. 14.

    Turkey -- Fall Gun: Closed.

    The Stewart Island Unit is closed to public access Oct. 15 - March 15, except during Oct. Muzzleloader Deer Season.

    The remainder of this WMA (Pryor, Rondeau, and Twin Sisters Islands) is open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons


  • OTTER CREEK OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA

  • 2,221 acres
  • Meade County
  • (502) 942-9171
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Horseback Trails
    • Picnic Site
    • Shooting Range
    • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for fall turkey hunting seasons, except closed during deer Quota Hunts. A person shall not enter the area during deer Quota Hunts without a valid Quota Hunt confirmation number. User permit required.

    Other Exceptions

    Quail: Closed

    Squirrel*: Open during statewide season dates, except closed during deer Quota Hunts.

    Rabbit*: Dec. 1-31, closed during deer Quota Hunt

    Trapping*: Jan. 1 - Feb. 28, 2013. Trappers must obtain prior authorization from area manager, and trap only in designated areas

    Deer: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 17-18, and Dec. 8-9.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except closed during a deer Quota Hunt.

    *Small game or furbearer hunters and trappers must not use rifles, or ball or slug ammunition to take these species, unless participating in a deer Quota Hunt.


  • PAINTSVILLE LAKE WMA

  • 11,221 acres
  • Johnson & Morgan County
  • (606) 424-2508
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, grouse, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Deer*: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 3-4. Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except Archery Season closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Elk: Portions in Johnson Co. are open to EHU 2 quota elk hunts, except closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    * A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.

    Firearms are prohibited for deer hunting on the area extending eastward from the drainage of Glade Branch, along the north edge of the lake, to the No Hunting Area surrounding Rocky Knob Recreation Area, enclosing all property from the WMA boundary downslope to the lake edge. Also included are the islands to the south, and the area extending eastward, along the south edge of the lake, from the drainage of Shoal Branch to the No Hunting Area surrounding the dam and ranger station, and extending downslope to the edge of the lake.


  • PAUL VAN BOOVEN WMA

  • 2,293 acres
  • Breathitt County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
    • Wildlife Viewing
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, deer*, rabbit, quail, grouse, furbearer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Deer*: Quota Hunts, either sex, limit one, Nov. 10-14; Nov. 15-19.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow, Youth Firearm and Muzzleloader seasons, except closed during deer Quota Hunts and firearm elk seasons.

    Elk: Portions only open for archery/crossbow hunting to persons who possess a Hazard LEA elk hunting permit.

    * A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.

    Area is closed to vehicle access from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise except to hunters retrieving downed game.


  • PEABODY WMA

  • 46,431 acres
  • Ohio, Hopkins & Muhlenberg County
  • (270) 476-1889
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, furbearer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Quail: Open under statewide regulations, except Ken and Sinclair units are closed except to drawn quota hunters.

    A stand-by drawing is held each hunt day at 9 a.m. Central time to fill spots left by drawn hunters who do not show up to hunt. Call the Peabody WMA office at (270) 476-1889 for more information.

    Deer: Open under statewide regulations, except modern gun season open Nov. 10-19 only

    Portions marked by signs are closed to public access Oct. 15 - March 15. No parking or camping within 100 feet of gas well heads on the Vogue and River Queen tracts.

    Any person age 16 and older entering the area for any recreational purpose must obtain and carry a Peabody WMA user permit ($15.00). Individual user permits may be obtained through any license vendor. Group user permits are available from the Peabody WMA office and must be obtained 30 days prior to use of the WMA for any activity or event.


  • PENNYRILE STATE FOREST

  • 14,724 acres
  • Christian & Caldwell County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Grouse: Dec. 1-31, daily limit 2.

    Deer*: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 3-4, includes adjoining Tradewater WMA.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except Archery Season closed during Quota Hunt.

    * A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.


  • PIONEER WEAPONS WMA (DBNF)

  • 7,731 acres
  • Bath & Menifee County
  • (606) 784-6428
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Interpretive Site
    • Horseback Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons following these equipment restrictions:

    Hunters shall not use any type of 51breech-loading or modern firearm to PUBLIC LAND HUNTING take game on this area. Hunters shall not use in-line muzzleloading firearms, scopes or optical enhancements (sighting devices other than open or “iron” sights) to take game on this area. (Binoculars and spotting scopes are allowed.) Other types of muzzleloading firearms, compound bows, long bows, recurve bows and crossbows may be used to take game. Crossbows legal for entire archery deer season and fall archery turkey season.


  • R.F. TARTER WMA

  • 1,171 acres
  • Adair & Russell County
  • (270) 465-5039
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer during the modern gun deer season.


  • REDBIRD WMA (DBNF)

  • 24,014 acres
  • Clay & Leslie County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 6a quota elk hunts.


  • ROBINSON FOREST WMA

  • 12,304 acres
  • Breathitt & Perry County
  • (606) 878-9595
    • Hunting
  • The main block of this area is closed to all hunting.

    Outlying areas ONLY: Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 2 quota elk hunts.


  • ROUGH RIVER LAKE WMA

  • 6,589 acres
  • Breckinridge, Grayson & Hardin County
  • (270) 646-5167
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

    Best access to WMA is by boat or by permission of private landowners to cross their property to the adjacent WMA.


  • SHILLALAH CREEK WMA

  • 2,535 acres
  • Bell & Harlan County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to EHU 6a quota elk hunts, andportions in Harlan Co. are open to bear hunting.


  • SLOUGHS WMA

  • 10,998 acres
  • Henderson & Union County
  • (270) 827-2673
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
  • This WMA consists of six separate land units: Ash Flats, Grassy Pond Powells Lake, Jenny Hole, Highland Creek, Cape Hills and Sauerheber. All except Sauerheber are open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

    Exceptions

    Sauerheber Unit:

    Squirrel: Open Aug. 18 - Oct. 31.

    Rabbit & Quail: Closed.

    Furbearers: Closed.

    Deer *: Open under statewide regulations through Oct. 31.

    Turkey -- Fall Archery/Crossbow: Open under statewide regulations through Oct. 31.

    Turkey -- Fall Gun: Open under statewide regulations through Oct. 31.

    * The Crenshaw and Duncan II tracts of the Sauerheber Unit are open only for waterfowl hunting Nov. 1 – March 15, and deer hunting under statewide regulations through the end of modern gun deer season. The remainder of the Sauerheber Unit is closed to all public access Nov. 1 – March 15 annually as designated by signs.


  • SOUTH SHORE WMA

  • 98 acres
  • Greenup County
  • (606) 474-8535
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Closed to public access Nov. 15 – Jan. 15, except quota waterfowl and dove hunting by advance application and selection. Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons at other times, except centerfire rifles/handguns may not be used to take deer.


  • STONE MOUNTAIN WMA & STATE NATURAL AREA

  • 1,017 acres
  • Harlan County
  • (606) 337-9317
    • Hunting
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons. Also open to bear hunting and EHU 6a quota elk hunts.


  • T.N. SULLIVAN WMA

  • 146 acres
  • Franklin County
  • (502) 535-6335
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer.


  • TAYLORSVILLE LAKE WMA

  • 9,418 acres
  • Spencer, Anderson & Nelson County
  • (502) 477-9024
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
    • Accessible
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons and public shooting range are closed during deer Quota Hunts.

    Other Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed during Quota Hunts.

    Deer: Quota Hunts, Nov. 3-4 (antlerless only); Dec. 1-2 and Jan. 5-6 (either sex).

    Mobility-Impaired Quota Hunts, Nov. 3-4 (antlerless only); Dec. 1-2 and Jan. 5-6 (either sex).

    Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons and Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except closed during Quota Hunts.


  • TRADEWATER WMA

  • 729 acres
  • Christian & Hopkins County
  • (270) 753-6913
    • Hunting
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, rabbit, quail, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Grouse: Dec. 1-31, daily limit 2

    Deer*: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 3-4, includes adjoining Pennyrile State Forest.

    Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except Archery Season closed during Quota Hunt.

    * A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.


  • TWIN EAGLE WMA

  • 170 acres
  • Owen County
  • (502) 535-6335
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer.


  • VETERANS MEMORIAL WMA

  • 2,497 acres
  • Scott County
  • (859) 428-2262
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
  • Open under statewide regulations for squirrel, rabbit, furbearer and fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Other Exceptions

    Quail: Closed.

    Deer: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 3-4.

    Open under statewide regulations for Youth Firearm Seasons. Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow Seasons, except Archery Season closed during deer Quota Hunt.

    Access to portions of the WMA may be restricted due to construction.


  • WEST KENTUCKY WMA

  • 6,560 acres
  • McCracken County
  • (270) 488-3233
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Interpretive Site
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
    • Picnic Site
    • Shooting Range
  • Open under statewide regulations for all fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during Quota and Open Gun Deer Hunts. Tract 6 is closed to all vehicular traffic Feb. 1 – April 16.

    Any person entering “A” Tracts for any use must check-in prior to entry. Persons shall not enter any area posted closed by signs.

    Other Exceptions:

    Squirrel*: Open under statewide regulations.

    Rabbit & Quail*: Tracts (2, 3, 6, 7) Nov. 12 - Dec. 31, except closed during Quota and Open Gun Deer Hunts. Tracts (1, 4, 5 and “A” Tracts) Jan. 1-10, are subject to early closure based on hunting pressure. Hunters must report hunt data daily to the area supervisor. Reporting can be done in person at the hunter check station, or by completing and submitting a hunt data card each day. If a tract is closed prior to Jan. 10, notice will be posted at the hunter check station 24 hours in advance. Shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. (Central) on Tracts 1, 4, 5 and “A” Tracts.

    Furbearer*: Open under statewide regulations.

    *Small game or furbearer hunters must not use rifles, or ball or slug ammunition to take these species. Unleashed dogs are prohibited April 1 until the third Saturday in August, except during department-authorized field trials and the spring squirrel season.

    Deer**: Quota Hunt, either sex, Nov. 17-21, Tracts 1-6 only. Participants in West Kentucky WMA Quota and Open Gun Hunts select a tract for hunting at checkin. Hunters are then required to hunt only in this tract until noon each day. Open Gun Hunt, either sex, Jan. 18-20. Hunting permitted on Tracts 1-6 only. Limited to first 200 hunters who must personally check in at the hunter check station from 4 to 8 p.m. (Central) on January 17, or from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on hunt days. Registered hunters must check out when finished hunting, or by 7 p.m. on Monday night.

    Archery Season open under statewide regulations on all tracts, except closed during Quota and Open Gun Deer Hunts.

    Crossbow Season open under statewide regulations, except closed during Quota and Open Gun Deer Hunts.

    On Jan. 19-21, only deer hunters participating in the Open Gun Hunt are permitted on the WMA.

    **Hunters may not use modern rifles or handguns to take deer on this WMA. Only shotguns with slugs or muzzleloaders may be used to take deer. A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.


  • WINFORD WMA

  • 258 acres
  • Carlisle County
  • (270) 224-2244
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boat Launch
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.


  • YATESVILLE LAKE WMA

  • 13,191 acres
  • Lawrence County
  • (606) 686-3312
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except a deer hunter may not take antlerless deer with a firearm during modern gun deer season.


  • YELLOWBANK WMA

  • 6,775 acres
  • Breckinridge County
  • (270) 547-6856
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Boat Launch
    • Horseback Trails
    • Accessible
  • Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer and fall turkey seasons.

    Exceptions

    Rabbit & Quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Rabbit, quail and squirrel hunting closed on Dec. 14-17, during pheasant quota hunts.

    Deer*: Open under statewide regulations for Archery/Crossbow and Youth Firearm Seasons.

    Pheasant: Quota Hunts, either sex, limit two, Dec. 14, 15 and 16.

    Open Dec. 17 only to drawn pheasant quota hunters, either sex, limit three.

    Open Dec. 18-31 either sex, daily limit three.

    *A deer hunter shall not take an antlered deer with an outside antler spread of less than 15” at any time.

    Areas designated by signs are closed to all public access Oct. 15 - March 15.