Attention, deer hunters: Deer hunting regulations, including season dates, zones and bag limits, have been finalized for the 2018-19 season and are effective immediately. Click here to see the updated 2018-19 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide. To view a video about what is new this year, click here​.

Quail Quota Hunts

Application Directions

There are no mail-in applications.

Hunters may apply online at fw.ky.gov or by telephone at 1-877-598-2401 for small game quota hunts.

Applications are taken 24 hours a day, from Sept. 1-30 only. The non-refundable application fee is $3 per hunter.

Group applications are accepted, and hunters may apply together. If Any one of the group’s Social Security numbers is drawn, the others in the group are automatically drawn, too. All quota hunt permits are non-transferrable.

Checklist of the information needed when applying online or over the telephone:

  1. A Social Security number for each hunter in the party. The hunter who calls in the application will be responsible for paying $3 per Social Security number entered. Application fees are nonrefundable.
  2. The area and date for which an individual or party of hunters is applying.
  3. One of the following payment methods: Visa and Mastercard (credit or debit), Discover, or e-check. Only one e-check will be accepted for group applications.
  4. After all of the information requested has been provided applicants will receive a confirmation number. Write this number down for later reference. The results of the draw will be posted in early October.

Applicants may also call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at 1-800-858-1549 at this time and provide either their confirmation number or Social Security number to find out if they were drawn.

Preference Points

Each hunter who applies correctly, but isn’t selected, will receive a preference point that increases the odds of being drawn next year (assuming the hunter applies the following year). Unselected hunters who do not apply the following year will lose all previously credited preference points. To prevent the loss of accumulated preference points, a hunter must apply every year.

Wild Quail Quota Hunts

Quota hunts for wild quail are offered on the Ken Unit of Peabody WMA. 

There are six (6) 1-day hunts. One quota hunt is reserved as a mentor quota hunt. Mentor hunt party must consist of at least one hunter 15 years or younger and one adult.

Hunt parties are limited to a maximum of three (3) participants each. Hunt parties may apply for up to three quail quota hunts, but will be drawn for only one hunt.

  • The dates of the quota hunts for wild quail are Nov. 25 (mentor), Nov. 28 and Dec. 19, 2017, and Jan. 6, Jan. 13 and Jan. 23, 2018.

A stand-by drawing is held each hunt day at 9 a.m. local time to fill spots left by drawn hunters who do not show up to hunt. Call the Peabody WMA office at (270) 476-1889 for more information.

A Peabody User Permit is required to hunt. The total bag limit for each hunt is four (4) quail per hunter. Each day’s quota hunt will begin at one-half hour before sunrise and conclude at 2 p.m. local time. Each hunting party will only have access to a designated portion of one of the units, and will receive a map of the area by mail after they are drawn. The party leader (i.e., the primary applicant) will receive a hunting log (survey) by mail and must return the completed log to the department within seven (7) days after their hunt. Drawn hunters must submit a log even if they do not hunt. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the following year’s quota hunt drawings for all species except elk, and the loss of preference points.

Each hunter who applies correctly, but isn’t selected, will receive a preference point that increases the odds of being drawn next year (assuming the hunter applies the following year). Unselected hunters who do not apply the following year will lose all previously credited preference points. Applicants are selected based on individual preference points. For those who apply as a group, if any one of the group’s Social Security numbers is drawn, the others in the group are automatically drawn, too.

Sinclair Unit Quail Hunting

An open wild quail hunt will be held on the Sinclair Unit of Peabody WMA, during quail season. The shooting hours, Monday through Saturday, are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., local time; closed on Sundays. Hunters must check in and check out at the Peabody WMA office, and a hunting log must be visibly displayed on the dashboard of the hunter’s vehicle. Hunters must follow statewide regulations for quail bag limits. The daily bag limit for quail is eight.