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.

Deer Hunting

To deer hunt in Kentucky, you will need the appropriate hunting license (Resident Annual Hunting License for $27 or Non-Resident Annual Hunting License for $140) and the appropriate deer permit (for those 16 and older, you will either need a Resident Statewide Deer Permit for $35 or the Non-Resident Statewide Deer Permit for $120; for those ages 12-15, you will either need a Resident Youth Hunting License for $6 + a Resident Youth Deer Permit for $10, or Non-Resident Youth Hunting License for $10 + Non-Resident Youth Deer Permit for $15).  For Kentucky residents only, we recommend a Sportsman's License - - a great value that includes all the necessary licenses and permits for deer hunting PLUS turkey, other types of hunting, and fishing (a value of $140 for only $95).  A Youth Sportsman's License is a tremendous value at only $25 for resident youths age 12-15 and includes two deer and two turkey permits.  (Note that if you are age 16+ and goose or duck hunt, you will also need a federal duck stamp.)  Buy Licenses and Permits Now Online!

Following are some tips for you as you prepare to deer hunt this season.   Another helpful resource is the “Basic Hunting” booklet.