Fishing and Hunting Still Open:
Fishing and hunting for 2020 are still open per statewide seasons/regulations.  Licenses and permits to fish and hunt are required as usual.  Boat registrations may be renewed at county clerks offices by mail or drop-box.  Open-air sites such as public lakes/streams and wildlife management areas remain open.

State Offices Closed to In-Person Contact but Still Available to Help:
State offices and facilities are closed to in-person contact with the public to minimize health risks. Until further notice, please use this website, call us at 800-858-1549, or email for assistance. 

Additional Information
For the latest information on the novel coronavirus in Kentucky, please visit Coronavirus and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife: answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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


Kentucky Afield Magazine Articles