2018 Bear Seasons: The muzzleloader season for bears opens December 8 in zone 3 only. The modern gun season for bears opens December 15 in zones 1 and 2. Please call 800-858-1549 after 9pm EST each night of the season to determine if the season is open the following day.​ 
2019 Elk Hunt: Click here​ to receive email updates about applying for next year's Elk Hunt Drawing.

Basic Hunting

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Hunting has certainly changed in the past 50 to 100 years, some for the good and some not so good. However, the one thing that remains the same is the tradition of families hunting together. Research indicates that a child’s father is the first choice for a hunting partner. This pamphlet is designed for the family to expand knowledge about several species we hunt and the preparation that goes into this special tradition.

Our society has changed to a point where most hunters no longer observe wildlife habits or practice with firearms on an every day basis. Scouting just before season, studying the latest books or internet entry, and an annual session at the fi ring range have replaced habits that were natural to our grandparents.

How we prepare to hunt does not change the enjoyment each hunter derives or the family values that can be transferred by hunting. Hunting today may not be what grandpa remembers; it will be what your child relates to his or her grandchildren. By working together, families, the entire hunting community and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources can maintain our hunting tradition into the future.