An Official Website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Public involvement in citizen science is vital for effective deer management in Kentucky. When individuals actively participate by reporting deer sightings, gathering data, and supporting conservation efforts, we enhance our understanding and ability to protect deer populations, ensuring their sustainable management and the preservation of their habitats. Here is how you can contribute.
HUNTER OBSERVATION SURVEY
JAWBONE SUBMISSION SURVEY
Help us understand our deer population better! We want to age your harvested female deer. Please upload images of the lower LEFT SIDE of the jawbone of your harvested doe.
REPORT A SICK DEER
Help Kentucky Fish and Wildlife monitor the health of the state’s deer herd by reporting animals acting strangely or appearing ill.
REPORT A SICK DEER
If you hunt big game outside of Kentucky, you may not bring any member of the deer (Cervidae) family back into Kentucky unless the brain and spinal column have been removed first.
Allowed parts from outside of Kentucky include:
CWD has not been detected in Kentucky.
CWD has been found in 26 states, four Canadian provinces and in Europe and Asia: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Finland, Norway, Sweden and South Korea.
View more info on our CWD page here. Up-to-date news regarding CWD can also be found at the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance.
CWD Series Episode 1 - IntroductionCredit: MSU Deer Lab TV
Counties Included:Calloway, Marshall, Graves, Hickman, and Fulton
Consider submitting your deer for CWD sampling at one of our conveniently located
collection stations across the state.
Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) is a charitable volunteer-run organization comprised of responsible hunters and conservationists who encourage hunters to harvest and donate deer each season. KHFH is a statewide hunger relief program dedicated to providing a healthy source of protein to needy Kentuckians with a mission to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Kentucky by processing and distributing donated venison to those in need. Additionally, this program provides an outlet for hunters to help their communities and promote environmental stewardship through wildlife management. An estimated 684,000 people live in poverty in the Commonwealth, and one in every four Kentucky children lives in poverty.
After the harvest of your deer, a hunter must complete their harvest log and successfully record their telecheck number (1-800-245-4263). The deer needs to be properly field dressed. If the temperature is above 40 degrees, please put two large bags of ice in the deer; one in the chest cavity and one in between the hind quarters. This will help prevent the meat from spoilage before donation.
Contact a Hunters for the Hungry affiliated
deer processor before donation to ensure their shop hours and which deer seasons they accept. Approved processors are independently owned and operated and are not under KHFH control.
All Kentucky hunters can participate in the Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry Program. This program is a completely free service for hunters to donate harvested deer. Funding is essential, and without support and charitable donations, the program could not exist. To donate, see the Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry
donation page. Additionally, you can also donate $2 when renewing your vehicle registration. Your donation will help pay the cost of turning venison into a nutritious meal for the less fortunate in communities across Kentucky!