Other Species

COYOTES AND OTHER WILDLIFE

Season Dates - Searchable application​

Hunting Seasons

Coyote - Year-round, day or night (exceptions apply)
Crow - Open Sept. 1 through Nov. 7 and Jan. 4 through the last day of February
Groundhog - Year-round
Bullfrog - Noon, May 18 - Midnight, Oct. 31, 2018
Turtles* - Year-round, day or night

*Alligator snapping turtles may not be harvested.

COYOTES

Coyotes may be hunted year-round, day or night, with no bag limit.

However, they can be hunted using lights or night vision equipment after daylight hours from Feb. 1 - May 31 only. Lights or other means to make coyotes visible at night cannot be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle. Shotguns are the only legal firearm for night coyote hunting but a shell cont aining 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 Beaver Creek, Cane Creek, Mill Creek, Pioneer Weapons and Redbird wildlife management areas (WMAs).

Hand or mouth-operated calls and electronic calls that imitate wounded prey or coyote calls are legal. It is legal to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses. Animal carcasses are considered bait. A hunter shall not place or distribute bait or otherwise participate in baiting wildlife on all WMAs, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, Land Between The Lakes and state parks open to hunting.

Coyotes may only be trapped during furbearer trapping seasons.

Legal Methods and Equipment for Hunting Coyotes:

  • Centerfire or rimfire gun (daylight hours only)
  • Muzzle-loading rifle or handgun (daylight hours only)
  • Muzzle-loading or breech-loading shotguns no larger than 10 gauge. Breech-loading shotguns must be plugged to hold a maximum of three shells (two in magazine and one in chamber). There is no limit on shot size. Shotguns must be shoulder fired.
  • Shot shells with a single projectile may only be used during daylight hours.
  • Bow and arrow or crossbow
  • Air guns with pellets that are at least .22 caliber in size.
  • Hand or mouth operated calls, electronic calls, or attracting devices
  • Dogs may be used to aid in the hunt

CROW SEASON

A hunting license is required unless the hunter is license exempt. A Migratory Bird-Waterfowl Permit is not required.

Electronic or mechanical calling devices may be used during the open seasons. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. However, hunters may be in the field before and after shooting hours.

There is no daily or possession limit on crows.

Crows observed committing or about to commit acts of depredation may be taken year-round; however, persons attempting to take depredating crows shall not use blinds, decoys, calls or other lures to attract birds into shooting range during the closed season.

GROUNDHOGS

Groundhogs may be hunted year-round with no bag limit. A hunting license is required unless the hunter is license exempt. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

BULLFROGS

The daily limit (noon to noon) is 15. The possession limit is 30. If bullfrogs are taken by firearm or bow and arrow, a hunting license is required. If taken by pole and line, a fishing license is required. If frogs are taken by gig or by hand, either a valid hunting or fishing license is required. It is illegal to possess a gig on a stream or lake, or in a boat, from Nov. 1 – Jan. 31.

TURTLES

Snapping turtles (except alligator snapping turtles) and soft shell turtles may be taken year-round with no bag limit but may not be harvested for commercial purposes.

A hunting license is required if turtles are taken by gun or bow and arrow. Consult the Fishing and Boating Guide for information on other legal means of harvest.

WILD PIGS

Wild pigs may be hunted year-round, with no bag limit, except on Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area ( www.nps.gov/biso ).

Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. However, hunters may be in the field before and after shooting hours. A hunting license is required unless the hunter is license exempt.

Trapping is the most effective method of removal. Landowners are strongly encouraged to work with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to remove wild pigs from their property. Tell your local conservation officer about the use of snares and/or corral traps on your property. Wild pigs must be killed at the trap site, and not released. It is illegal to possess, sell or transport wild pigs in Kentucky.

To report sightings, illegal activities related to wild pigs, or to get advice on effective control, contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 800-858-1549.

HOOFED STOCK (OTHER THAN WHITE-TAILED DEER and ELK)

  • ​Exotic, non-native hoofed stock may be hunted year-round.
  • No license required.
  • No bag limit or checking requirement.
  • Fallow deer are not legal to hunt on Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

BIRDS

  • English sparrows and starlings may be hunted year-round with no bag limit, but a hunting license is required unless the hunter is license exempt.
  • Pheasants released during quota hunts are not open to year-round hunting on Green River Lake WMA, Yellowbank WMA and Clay WMA.
  • All birds of prey and native songbirds are protected under state and federal laws, and may not be taken.

MAMMALS AND OTHER WILDLIFE

  • The spotted skunk, a rare species found in Eastern Kentucky, is a protected species and may not be taken.
  • All federally threatened or endangered species are protected under state and federal laws and may not be taken.