Elk Info

Kentucky Elk University


So you're going on a Kentucky elk hunt? Check out our tutorial designed to educate hunters of all experience levels.  It's divided into three sections:  Pre-Hunt Preparations, Expectations in the Field, and After the Shot - with each section covering a variety of topics.


Elk Management Plan

The Kentucky elk project is widely regarded as one of the most successful wildlife restoration efforts in the eastern United States, and we are approaching twenty years since elk were first returned to the Commonwealth. Over this period, KDFWR has transitioned from restoring a once-vanished species to managing a sustainable wildlife resource.

This transition has resulted in an interest in creating a comprehensive Kentucky Elk Management Plan. KDFWR had two goals in writing this Plan: we wished to provide an overview of past and current management of the Kentucky elk herd, and to provide a vision for future management of the herd. The result is the 2015-2030 Kentucky Elk Management Plan.

Elk in Kentucky

Elk Reports


Elk Draw 2018 Maps:

    Kentucky Afield Videos

    Kentucky Afield Magazine Articles

    Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

    CWD has not been found in the State of Kentucky!

    Allowed parts from CWD-infected states and provinces include: quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached, boned-out meat, antlers, antlers attached to a clean skull plate, a clean skull, clean teeth, hides and finished taxidermy products.

    CWD has been found in 24 states and 2 Canadian provinces: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

    View more info on CWD here.