New This Year

Changes from last season are listed here for your convenience.


  • Some license offerings and fees have changed.  Please see the General Information section for license and permit fees and license requirements.
  • Pheasant quota hunt permits are not transferrable.


  • Menifee County is now assigned to Zone 4.
  • Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Grant County and John C. Williams WMA in Nelson County are open for the youth-only firearms season under statewide regulations.
  • A quota firearms hunt will be held Dec. 6-7 on Dewey Lake WMA in Floyd County. There is a one-deer limit during the quota hunt.
  • The 15-inch outside spread antler restriction has been removed from Yellowbank WMA in Breckinridge County and Paul Van Booven WMA in Breathitt County.
  • On Beaver Creek WMA in McCreary and Pulaski counties, the modern gun quota hunt will be for antlered deer only.
  • The two-day quota hunt on Big Rivers WMA will be held starting with the first Saturday in November.


  • Regulations pertaining to bear season requirements were pending legislative approval when this guide went to press. Proposed items include allowing a bear chase permit to be purchased online from July 1 – Dec. 31 and establishing a minimum handgun restriction to hunt bear. Please call 1-800- 858-1549 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or go to the Bear Hunting page for the latest information.


  • Coyotes can be hunted after daylight hours using lights or night vision equipment from Feb. 1 – May 31. Shotguns are the only legal firearm for night coyote hunting but a shell containing a single projectile may not be used. Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited on Kentucky lands managed by Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge and Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, including wildlife management areas (WMAs) located within the boundaries of those properties.
  • Hunting season for bobcat, river otter, muskrat, mink, beaver, red fox, gray fox, weasel and striped skunk opens one-half hour before sunrise.
  • Trapping season opens one-half hour before sunrise.
  • A snare is a wire, cable, or string with a knot, loop, or a single piece closing device, the deployment of which is or is not spring-assisted, but any spring-assisted device is not for the purpose of applying tension to the closing device.