SEASON DATES - searchable application
Before hunting migratory birds, hunters must go online
and fill out the Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey before they are legal migratory bird hunters. See below for detailed information.
The information listed here is for Dove, Wood Duck, Teal, Woodcock, Snipe and Crow
September 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020
This page is dedicated to migratory bird hunting.
To view the public dove fields click here .
To view the Hunting Guide for Dove, Early Waterfowl, Woodcock, Snipe and Crow click here .
Check the Mourning Dove Mentor Hunt Results Here Available Aug. 23, 2019
Migratory bird HUNTING SEASONS
|MIGRATORY BIRDS (WEBLESS)
||Sept. 1 - Oct. 26, Nov. 28 - Dec. 8, 2019 and Dec. 21, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
|Virginia & Sora Rail
||Sept. 1 - Nov. 9, 2018
||25 singly or combined
||Oct. 26 - Nov. 8 and Nov. 11 - Dec. 11, 2019
||Sept. 18 - Oct. 27, 2019 and Nov. 28, 2019 - Feb. 2, 2020
|Purple and Common Gallinule
||Sept. 1 - Nov. 9, 2019
||3 singly or combined
||Sept. 1 - Nov. 7, 2019 and Jan.4-Feb. 29, 2020
|Early Wood Duck & Teal (Includes blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal
||6 birds with no more than 2 wood ducks
||18 birds with no more than 6 wood ducks
||Sept. 26-29, 2019
|September Canada Goose
||Sept. 16-30, 2019
|Youth Waterfowl Days
||Eastern Zone: Nov. 2-3, 2019 Western Zone: Feb. 1-2, 2020
||Same as duck and goose season
||Same as duck and goose season
||Dec. 2, 2019 - Jan. 26, 2020
Find the latest information on public dove fields online at fw.ky.gov. Always check before hunting, as fields are subject to change due to weather conditions or crop failures.
HUNTING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
License: Unless license exempt, hunters must possess a valid Kentucky hunting license when hunting the species listed in this guide.
A Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Hunting Permit, along with a federal migratory bird stamp, authorize the holder to hunt all types of migratory game birds including waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots, mergansers).
For those who hunt migratory birds other than waterfowl, only a Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit is required. Before hunting migratory birds, hunters must now go online or call 1-800-858-1549 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and fill out the Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey before they are legal migratory bird hunters.
The process takes less than 5 minutes. Go to "My Profile" to fill out the survey. This takes you to a page that asks for some basic information to confirm your identity. After completing the HIP survey, you will receive a confirmation number that must be written on your hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Hunting permit.
It is illegal to hunt doves or waterfowl over a “baited” field. Baited fields are areas where grain, salt or other attractants have been placed other than those that occur by legitimate agricultural practices. Mature wildlife food plots grown to attract doves are legal hunting areas, as long as no additional attractants have been placed on these areas.
When field dressing, or otherwise preparing for transportation, any of the species on this page, except doves, one fully feathered wing or the head must be left on each bird for identification.
All shotguns used to hunt any game species in Kentucky (except deer) must be plugged to hold three shells total; one in the chamber and two in the magazine. Shotguns of 10 gauge or smaller are permitted.
No person shall give, put or leave any migratory game birds at any place or in the custody of another unless the birds are tagged by the hunter with the following: 1) The hunter’s signature and address; 2) The total number of birds involved, by species; 3) The dates such birds were taken. Tagging is required if birds are being transported by another person for the hunter, or if birds have been left for cleaning, storage (including temporary storage), shipment or taxidermy services.
All migratory game birds shall be retrieved, if possible, and retained in the custody of the hunter in the field.
Possession or use of any lead shot while hunting or attempting to take waterfowl or Sandhill cranes is prohibited statewide. Non-toxic shot is required for hunting waterfowl. Most major manufacturers offer non-toxic shot shells. A list of non-toxic shot currently approved by the USFWS can be found at: https://www.fws.gov/birds/bird-enthusiasts/hunting/nontoxic.php.
Only USFWS-approved non-toxic shot may be possessed and used to hunt doves, gallinules, rails, woodcock, snipe or other migratory birds on the following WMA’s: Ballard, Boatwright, Doug Travis, Duck Island, Kaler Bottoms, Sloughs, Kentucky River, Ohio River Islands, South Shore, Yatesville Lake, and other areas as posted by signs.
WHICH LICENSE OR PERMIT DO YOU NEED?
NOTE: Licenses and permits are not required for kids under the age of 12.
Migratory Birds (dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails, gallinules and SANDHILL CRANE)
||Youth Hunting License*
||Annual** or 1-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit **
|Ages 65 and older OR Disabled
|Waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)
||Youth Hunting License *
||Annual** or 1-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit ** + Federal Duck Stamp
|Ages 65 and older OR Disabled
||Senior/Disabled License + Federal Duck Stamp
|NONRESIDENTS (must buy nonresident licenses/permits)
Migratory Birds (dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails, gallinules, and SANDHILL CRANE)
||Youth Hunting License
|Ages 16 and older
||Annual, 1-Day or 7-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit
|Waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)
||Youth Hunting License
|Ages 16 and older
||Annual, 1-Day or 7-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit + Federal Duck Stamp
* Included in Youth Sportsman's License
** Included in Resident Sportsman's License
NOTE: HIP survey required for all migratory bird hunters 16 and over
Dove, private land:
September 1, 2019: 11 a.m. to sunset
Remainder of dove season: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Dove, public land (WMA's, leased fields):
September 1 - October 26, 2019: 11 a.m. to sunset.
Second and third segments of dove season: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
All other species:
One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS
Daily Bag Limit − The total limit of a specific migratory game bird species that may be taken during legal shooting hours for one calendar day.
Possession Limit − The total limit of a specific migratory game bird species that may be in your possession at any time, whether on your person or stored in another location(including your home or taxidermist).
Note: Migratory birds shot in another state, count toward a hunter’s daily and possession limits.
|SHOOTING HOURS (MIGRATORY BIRDS)
|Dove, private land
Sept. 1, 2019, only: 11 a.m. to sunset. Remainder of dove season: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
|Dove, public land (WMAs, leased fields)
Sept. 1 - Oct. 26, 2019: 11 a.m. to sunset. Second and third segments of dove season: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
||Sunrise to sunset
|All other species
||One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
OTHER SEASON NOTES
Eurasian collared doves resemble mourning doves but possess a black slash across the back of their necks. Hunters should not continue to hunt for Eurasian collared doves after reaching the 15-bird daily dove bag limit. Eurasian collared doves cleaned in the field count toward the 15-bird daily dove bag limit. If the head and/or wing remains attached during transport or in the field, hunters may take unlimited numbers of Eurasian collared doves.
Indicates a Mentor/Youth Hunt site, where all or part of the area is reserved for Mentor/Youth Hunt participants on certain dates. Reservations are required for these hunts. Call 1-800-858-1549 for more information.
Mechanical devices and electronic attracting devices for crow hunting may only be used during the open season. Crows observed committing or about to commit acts of depredation may be taken year- round; however, persons attempting to take depredating crows must use U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved non-toxic shot, shall not use blinds, decoys, calls or other lures to attract birds into shooting range during the closed season.
EARLY WOOD DUCK, TEAL AND CANADA GOOSE
USFWS-approved non-toxic shot no larger than size T is required for all waterfowl hunting. Hunters may not possess or use lead shot while hunting or attempting to take waterfowl.
SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE
The following areas are closed during this season:
- Cave Run Lake: Cave Run Lake and the public land inside the boundary of KY 801, KY 1274, KY 36, KY 211, U.S. 60 and KY 826 remain closed during the September Canada Goose season. The other areas of the Northeast Goose Zone are now open to hunting during the September Canada Goose season.
- Ballard Zone: Private lands in this zone are now open during this season, public lands remain closed. The portion of Ballard County north or west of the Ballard-McCracken County line to Hwy. 358; Hwy. 358 to U.S. 60; U.S. 60 to the city limits of Wickliffe; the city limits of Wickliffe to the center of the Mississippi River.
- West Kentucky WMA: This wildlife management area is closed during the September Canada Goose season.
Areas manipulated for dove hunting ARE NOT legal for waterfowl hunting.
YOUTH WATERFOWL DAYS
Two weekends, one in each duck zone, have been designated for youth only to waterfowl hunt. Hunters under age 16 may take a legal limit of ducks, coots, mergansers and geese on these days. See the Waterfowl Hunting section for more information.
PUBLIC DOVE FIELDS (WMA's and Cooperative Fields)
To view a map of the 2018 Kentucky Dove Fields Click Here .
Private fields in the cooperative dove field program are open for public dove hunting Sept. 1,3 and Sept. 8 - Oct. 26, 2018, (except private land Mentor- Youth Hunt sites are closed to the general public Sept. 1). Private cooperative fields are closed to public access except on the dates listed above. Prior to the season, hunters may drive by private cooperative fields but may not leave their vehicles to scout.
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are open during regular seasons under statewide regulations unless otherwise specified in this guide. Field conditions may vary considerably, even on the same WMA. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recommends hunters scout fields listed below to ensure they are ready for the time you plan to hunt. When hunting a public area, hunt safely and be courteous of others. Do not leave trash behind. The future of the cooperative dove field program depends on you.
|Ballard Wildlife Management Area (WMA): Travel US 60 west from Paducah about 16 miles then right onto Hwy 310. Travel about 6 miles to stop sign and Cross Hwy 358, continuing on Hwy 310 to stop sign at Hwy 1105. Cross Hwy 1105 onto Mitchell Lake Rd (Turner Landing Road) then travel about 1 mile. Go through the gate at Oscar. Field 1 is a wheat field on the right. Field 2 is a sunflower field next to grain bin (marked by signs) closed Sept 1 to general public, for a Mentor/Youth Hunt; Reserve online (12 Slots). Field opens to public on Sept. 2. Field 3 is the wheat field to the North of Field 1. Field 4: Travel past field 1, crossing Mitchell Lake Dam, and turn right at the crossroads to the sunflower field next to the swim-in duck trap. Signs will be posted for all fields. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only for all fields. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only for all fields.
|Boatwright WMA: US 60 west from Paducah to Barlow. At The blinking light in Barlow turn right onto N 4th St. Go one block (.1 miles) and turn left on Holloway Landing road. Stay on it 2.8 miles and turn right on Sallie Crice Rd. In 1.6 miles turn left at Olmsted unit sign and follow for .9 miles to yellow gate. Parking lot is on left. Walk through the gate and field is on the right. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.
|Doug Travis WMA: From Bardwell, take KY 123 west 7 miles to Berkley. In Berkley, go right/west onto CR 1217/Lower River Road. Follow CR 1217/Lower River Road for 3.3 miles then go right/east on Fish Lake Spur Road. Take Fish Lake Spur Road for 0.4 mile to field on the right/south side of road. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, nontoxic shot only.
|Livingston County WMA : 1 field, From Salem KY take Hwy 133 or Lola Road West 13.8 miles, take a left on Hughes Road to roads end. From Carrsville, take Hwy 135 east 0.6 mile to field on left. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26..
|West Kentucky WMA, Tract 1: From Paducah, U.S. 60 west to Future City, right (north) onto Hwy. 996 for 1.5 miles. Left at stop sign onto Hwy. 725 for 1 mile. Field on right. Tract 4 and 4A: Two fields. U.S. 60 west from Paducah for 10.5 miles from I-24, turn right (north) onto Bethel Church Rd., travel about 3.25 miles, turn right onto gravel road for 0.6 mile to mobility- impaired accessible pond. Fields directly north and east of pond. Tract 5: One field. U.S. 60 west from Paducah to Future City, then right (north) onto Hwy 996, for 3.5 miles, then left (west) onto Hwy 358 for 1.7 miles. Turn right (north) onto Boldry School Rd for about 1 mile, turn left onto first gravel road for 0.25 mile to field on the right. Tract 6: One field. U.S. 60 west from Paducah to Future City, then right (north) onto Hwy 996, for 3.5 miles, then left (west) onto Hwy 358 for 1.7 miles. Turn right (north) onto Boldry School Rd for about 1.75 miles to field on right side of road beyond yellow gate. Hunters on Tracts 4A and 7A must sign-in at check in-box before hunting.
|WEST CENTRAL KENTUCKY
|Barren River Lake WMA: Goose Island Unit: Access from US 31 E to Hwy. 1318.
|Yellowbank WMA20 miles north of Hardinsburg on Hwy. 259; 20 miles west of Brandenburg on Hwy. 144 to Hwy. 259. 2 fields, see map at Information Station. On Tract 4, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only (marked by signs).
|Big Rivers WMA: 1 Field: From Sturgis, take Hwy 365 south to first gravel road on the WMA, head north 0.2 miles down the gravel road. Field is on the left. Park along the gravel road.
|Sloughs WMA: Two fields. Field 1: From Sloughs WMA office, travel west on HWY 268 approximately 0.2 miles and turn left on gravel WMA road. Look for signage. Continue on gravel road approximately 0.75 miles, field will be on the right. Parking available along gravel WMA road. Field Two: From Mt Vernon/Uniontown Rd, turn on Grant Line Road heading toward Grassy Pond. Look for signage. Travel approximately 0.75 miles on Grant Line Road; field will be on the right. Parking available along gravel road. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.
|Peabody WMA: Sinclair Unit, 3 fields; Baker Bottoms Unit, 2 fields; and Ken Unit, 3 fields. User permit required for Peabody WMA, call (270) 476-1889 for more information.
|From West Kentucky Parkway, take the Hwy 175 exit. North of the Parkway, take Graham Cypress road east for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Powerhouse Lane and travel 0.4 miles and the field will be on the right side of hwy. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|Higginson-Henry WMA: Hwy 56, about 7 miles southeast of Morganfield. Two fields, see maps at kiosk. One field (marked by signs) closed to general public for Mentor/Youth hunt Sept 1st, opening to the general public on Sept. 2; Reserve online (25 Slots). The other field will be open to the public Sept. 1.
Big Rivers WMA: 1 Field: Heading west on HWY 109 from Sturgis, take a left on to HWY 1508. Travel 0.75 miles on HWY 1508. The field will be on the left (south) side of HWY 1508. Parking available along Locust Lick Road (gravel) or in mowed parking lot off HWY 1508. reserve slots online.
|T.N. Sullivan WMA: (1 Field) From Frankfort, take US 127 north for 4.1 miles to a right onto Steele Branch Rd and proceed to the “T” (Owenton Rd). Turn left and travel 0.4 mile to a right onto Hwy 1262 (Sullivan Lane) for 0.75 mile to WMA. Follow signs to field.
|Curtis Gates Lloyd WMA: Two fields. Take Crittenden exit from I-75. Follow US 25 south to Hwy 491. Turn left across railroad tracks and take immediate right onto Wildlife Rd. Fields 1 is open to general public under statewide regulations. Field 2 is for Mentor/Youth Hunt participants only on Sept. 1, Reserve online. (25 Slots) Field opens to public on Sept. 2 reserve slots online.
|Griffith Woods WMA: From I-75, take Georgetown exit 126 and travel east on US 62 toward Cynthiana. Field is on the left 0.5 mile past Hwy 353/Russell Cave Rd. Located approximately 15 miles east of Georgetown and 25 miles northeast of Lexington.
|Kentucky River WMA: Two tracts. Welch Tract: US 421 to Hwy 561, 1 mile west of Gest (near Lock 3). Boone Tract: Hwy 355 to Gratz. Turn left onto KY 22. Cross the KY River then take a right onto KY 389 and travel about 3 miles. Follow signs for parking. USFWS-approved, non-toxic shot only on both tracts. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only on both tracts.
|Rolling Fork WMA: Take exit 21 off Bluegrass Parkway for US-31E, turn left off exit ramp towards Hodgenville, and travel south for 18 miles. Turn left onto KY-84E, in 12 miles turn right onto State Hwy 462 then travel for 6.8 miles and turn right onto Levelwoods Rd. Field will be on your left in 3.2 miles just past Warren Rd.
|Miller Welch-Central Kentucky WMA: 9 miles southeast of Richmond. From US 421 at Kingston, take a left (east) onto Hwy 3376 (Dreyfus Rd) for about 2 miles. Turn right (south) onto Muddy Creek Rd (just past WMA office) to dove fields on right.
|From Interstate I-75, travel 1.5 miles east on Hwy 627 (Boonesboro Rd) to field on left (North) side of road. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4 and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|Take exit 59A off Bluegrass Parkway (towards Harrodsburg/Danville), travel south on US 127 for 2 miles, turn left onto Lower Clay Lick Rd, travel 0.5 mile to field on right. Follow signs to parking. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4 and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|Take exit 59A off Bluegrass Parkway (towards Harrodsburg/Danville), travel south on US 127 for 2 miles, turn right onto Wheat School Rd and travel 1.4 miles to a right turn onto Bondville Rd for approximately 2 miles, turn right onto Hawkins Lane and follow signs to field on the right. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4 and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|Take exit 59A off Bluegrass Parkway (towards Harrodsburg/Danville), travel south on US 127 for 3.8 miles and turn right onto Kirkwood Road and travel ¼ mile and turn right onto Bondville Road, turn right onto Crews Street, field will be on the right. Closed to general public Sept.1 for Mentor/Youth Hunt on September 1, Reserve online (25 Slots). Field will open to general public on Sept. 3, Closed on Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|Take exit 25 off Bluegrass Parkway, take US 150 toward Bardstown. In ¼ mile, turn left onto Pottershop Loop Rd, and take first left onto Pottershop Rd, travel 2 miles to field on left. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26..
|Kentucky River WMA , Roberts Tract: From US Hwy 127 take Hwy 355 and turn onto Old Landing Rd. Travel approx. 1 mile to WMA parking area on the left. Gilbert Tract: Hwy 355 north to Browns Bottom Rd. Follow signs for parking. USFWS-approved, non-toxic shot only on both tracts.
|US 60 to Hwy 395, travel north about 3 miles, take left onto Hwy 1005 for 2 miles, then left onto Harley Thompson Rd for 0.25 mile to field on right. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, closed Sept 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26
|Taylorsville Lake WMA: Taylorsville Lake WMA: Two fields. Field 1: From Taylorsville, travel east on Hwy 248 for approximately 9 miles and take a right onto Old Briar Ridge Rd at the Country Store. Travel 1.5 miles, the field will be on your left, past the tube shooting range. Field 2: From Taylorsville, travel east on Hwy 248 about 2.1 miles, turning right onto Hwy 2239/Overlook Rd. Field will be on the right and parking at second gravel parking lot.
|Clay WMA: Justice Tract: From I-64 at exit 110, take KY 11 north for 17.8 miles to a left onto Little Flat-Ledford Rd. Travel 0.7 mile to parking area on right. 26.
|From Owingsville, take Hwy 111 north 6.5 miles. Field is on right off of Old Wyoming Rd. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October
|Marietta Booth tract of Clay WMA: From Carlisle take Hwy. 32 east for about 12 miles then right at WMA sign. Go 0.3 mile to WMA parking area on left.
|South Shore WMA: From South Shore take US 23 east to a left (north) at the South Shore WMA sign for 0.4 mile. Field is adjacent to parking area. USFWS-approved, non-toxic shot only. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-approved, non-toxic shot only.
|Paintsville Lake WMA: From Paintsville, take Hwy. 40 west for 1.5 miles, turn right onto Hwy. 172 (west) for 14 miles to field on left. From Morehead, take Hwy. 519 south to a left onto U.S. 460, then left onto Hwy. 172 (east) for 15 miles to field on right.
|From Millersburg take US 68 NE for one mile and turn right onto Carpenter Pike (Route 386). Travel 2.8 miles and turn left into the farm. Field is .25 miles back the farm lane. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|From Greensburg, take Hwy 61 north for 8.1 miles, turn left onto Hwy 569 for 5.3 miles, and then right onto Hwy 566. Travel 1.4 miles to fields on both sides of road. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|rom Greensburg, take US 68 southwest for 5.9 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 218 for about 2.1 miles, then left onto Roy Bagby Rd. Travel 0.7 mile to fields at end of road on right. Field will open Sept 1, but will be closed Sept. 2, opening again on Sept. 3, Closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26.
|From Stanford, take US 27 north for 0.16 mile to a left onto Hwy 590. Travel 1.5 miles to a gravel lane on left. Turn left and proceed to marked parking area. Closed to general public Sept. 1 for Mentor/Youth Hunt. Reserve online (25 slots). Field will open to general public on Sept. 3, closed Sept. 4, and then reopening Sept. 8 and remaining open until October 26. ; reserve slots online.
CLOSED TO MIGRATORY GAME BIRD HUNTING
1) The main block of Robinson Forest WMA; 2) the portion of Grayson Lake WMA within three-quarters of a mile of the dam, the Deer Creek Branch, the shores of Camp Webb and the state park; 3) the Greenbrier Creek Branch of Yatesville Lake, including all islands, north of the mouth of Greenbrier Creek Branch; 4) Land Between The Lakes NRA from Sept. 30 - Nov. 30.
CLOSED TO WATERFOWL HUNTING
All designated goose refuge lakes within the Western Kentucky coalfields region are closed to all waterfowl hunting.
The following areas are waterfowl refuges: portion of Lake Cumberland WMA including Wesley Bend (bounded by Fishing Creek, Fishing Creek Road and Beech Grove Road) and Yellowhole (bounded by Fishing Creek Road and Hickory Nut Road) are closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15. Ohio River Waterfowl Refuge (From Smithland Lock and Dam upstream to powerline crossing at river mile 911.5) is closed to hunting Oct. 15 - March 15 and Stewart Island is closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15. On Peabody WMA, portions of Sinclair and Homestead mines as marked by signs are closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15. On Sloughs WMA, the Sauerheber Unit is closed to the public Nov. 1-March 15 except the Crenshaw and Duncan tracts which are open for waterfowl hunting only. The area of Yellowbank WMA posted by signs is closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15.
SPECIAL WMA RESTRICTIONS
Wildlife Management Areas not listed here or in the “Closed Areas” section are open under statewide regulations.
BALLARD WMA and SWAN LAKE PORTION of BOATWRIGHT WMA (Ballard County)
Dove: Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2018
Snipe: Sept. 19 - Oct. 13, 2018
Rails, Moorhen, Gallinules: Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2018
No woodcock hunting permitted. Areas designated by signs are closed to all hunting.
MILLER WELCH-CENTRAL KENTUCKY WMA (Madison County)
Dove: Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2018
Snipe: Sept. 19 - Oct. 13, 2018
No woodcock hunting permitted.
PIONEER WEAPONS AREAS
Breech- and muzzle-loading shotguns may be used to take wood ducks and teal on the shoreline portions of the Pioneer Weapons Areas at 1) Cave Run Lake, and 2) all waterfowl at Barren River Lake.
Dove, snipe and woodcock: Open under statewide seasons, except closed during gun deer seasons.
(WMA closed to September Canada goose season.)
OTHER HUNTING AREAS
The following areas have special seasons and regulations for all hunting. Contact the individual areas at the addresses and telephone numbers listed below.
FORT CAMPBELL MILITARY RESERVATION
Outdoor Recreation Branch, Bldg. 6645
101st Airborne Div. Ave.
Ft. Campbell, KY 42223-5000
FORT KNOX MILITARY RESERVATION
Hunt Control Office
Fort Knox, KY 40121-5719
LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond, KY 42211-9001
OHIO RIVER ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
3982 Waverly Road
Williamstown, WV 26187
(304) 375-2923, ext. 117
REELFOOT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
4343 Hwy. 157
Union City, TN 38261
MENTOR/YOUTH DOVE HUNTS
Check the Mourning Dove Mentor Hunt results here
Fields set aside for Mentor/Youth hunts are open Sept. 1 to pre-registered hunters only. On this day, adult dove hunters can introduce a young hunter to the challenge and tradition of the early season dove hunt. Hunts require pre-registration (see rules below for details). Thereafter, unreserved slots will be available on a first come, first served basis. Mentor/Youth dove fields on wildlife management areas reopen to the public Sept. 2, while private fields operated by the department reopen for general public hunting Sept. 3 then Sept.8-Oct.26.
MENTOR/YOUTH HUNT RULES
- Open only to adults accompanied by a youth (ages 15 and under), though not necessary for the youth to hunt.
- Both mentor and youth can hunt, but must do so from the same field location (stake). All hunters must stay within 15 feet of their assigned shooting location. One adult may take two youths to these hunts. Two shotguns are allowed per stake. Each hunter is allowed 15 doves.
- The number of hunters in Mentor/ Youth Hunt fields will be strictly limited to insure a safe and quality hunt.
- Field slots will be available only by advanced registration from 8 a.m. EDT Aug. 6, until 4:30 p.m. EDT, Aug. 17. Unreserved slots will be available on a first come, first served basis at the field on the day of the hunt until all slots are filled.
- Hunting groups must check in prior to hunting and check out prior to leaving the field with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff and carry a department provided notification letter.
- After the field is filled, no new hunting groups will be allowed in.
- Hunting groups in the field may move to different staked sites when the assigned group vacates that site.
- Hunters must leave their guns at their shooting location (stake) when retrieving downed birds.
- Shooting hours limited to 2 - 7 p.m., local time. All hunting groups must be out of the field by 7:30 p.m., local time.
- All hunters will be responsible for cleaning up their shooting location (including empty shells) prior to leaving the field.
- Mentors and youth must conduct themselves in a safe manner and abide by these and other rules posted at the hunt field. Failure to do so will result in termination of hunting privilege for that field that day.
- Hunter education and licensing requirements apply.