2019 Elk Hunt Drawing-Apply Now!​
Ballard WMA will reopen for waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Jan. 19. Hunters that were drawn and did not get to hunt during the closure will receive preference points back, as if they were not drawn this year. 

How to Enter the Kentucky Elk Hunt Drawing

Application period opens January 1 every year

Deadline to apply - April 30, midnight, Eastern time


Please follow these instructions carefully to enter the elk drawing. You may wish to print this page for reference.

You will need your social security number and a credit/debit card to apply. If you do not have a card, you may purchase a prepaid debit card at most large retailers (for example, Wal-Mart and large supermarkets).

You may purchase other permits and hunting, fishing, or trapping licenses at this time also.

Please be aware that by applying for the Kentucky Elk Draw, you are giving the KDFWR permission to release your name and county of residence if you are selected. This is being done as part of our ongoing open door policy concerning the Elk Draw procedure. The KDFWR uses elk draw applicant information for business purposes only and will not release or disclose your address or telephone number.

When you click  "Buy Licenses", you will be taken to the Online License and Permit Agent page.  At the bottom of this page under "Select a Hunting and Fishing License Year", you will need to click on the option that says "Next - March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019" then click "Continue" at the bottom of the page.

The next screen will require you to enter your "Customer Identification” information; that’s your SSN, residency status and date of birth. Be sure to fill in all the required fields, then click “Continue”.   Alternatively, you can click “My Profile”, enter your last name, last 4 of your social security number, and date of birth then click “Submit”. From the main screen click “Purchase License”.

The next screen is the “License and Permit Selection” page. You can purchase any licenses and permits here.  Here you can select "Elk Antlerless Firearm Drawing", "Elk Antlerless Archery/Crossbow Drawing", "Elk Antlered Firearm Drawing", and/or "Elk Antlered Archery/Crossbow Drawing" under "Permits”. You can apply for all 4 elk drawing permit types. (Note: youths under 16 can also apply for the youth-only elk permit, which appears as an option only for those who enter a qualifying birthdate.) After selecting your licenses/permits, click “Continue”.

The next screen is the "Subscription and Product Selection" page which allows you to purchase a subscription to the Kentucky Afield magazine or make a voluntary contribution to one of our recruitment programs. If you would like to make one of the purchases, you can do so, otherwise click "Continue".

This screen will require you to enter your "Customer Information" which is your name, address, etc. After entering the pertinent information, click "Continue".

This screen shows your order summary. You should see the elk drawing permit(s) you chose each for $10 as an item you are purchasing. If not, click “Change license selections” to add the drawing.

Once your order summary is complete, click “Checkout” and enter your credit/debit card information. Click “Submit order”.

You will receive a 19-digit confirmation number. Be sure to record this number, as you will need it to check to see if you were drawn for the elk hunt in May (if you lose this number, you can also use your SSN and birthdate to see if you were drawn).

The elk drawing is completed in early May.  Results are usually posted under "My Profile" by May 15th.

Please call our Information Center at 800-858-1549 if you have questions or need assistance applying for the elk drawing.