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Hunters who do not comply with quota hunt requirements are ineligible to apply for any quota hunt the following year (including deer, pheasant, quail, upland bird and waterfowl), and will lose any accumulated preference points.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conducts Preference Point quota hunts for deer, pheasant and migratory birds (Ballard, Sloughs, and Jenny Hole) as well as other quota hunts.
Other Quota hunts include Elk Quota, Sandhill Crane Quota, Bear Quota, and Mentored Hunts for youth and accompanying adults.
To apply for quota hunts: Go online to https://app.fw.ky.gov/Quota. The non-refundable fee is $3 per hunter to apply
The application period is September 1-30 only. Hunters may apply for multiple quota hunts for different species at the same time.
Applicants will receive a confirmation number. When the drawing is completed, results will be posted online at My Profile.
Applicants may also call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at 1-800-858-1549 and provide either their confirmation number or order number to find out if they were selected.
Any resident or nonresident may apply for quota hunts. Only the person(s) successfully drawn for quota hunts may hunt. Substitutions are not allowed.
Applicants drawn for quota hunts must purchase applicable licenses and permits to legally hunt during the quota hunts.
Deer quota hunts are held on 16 WMAs, five state parks (Dale Hollow Lake, Greenbo Lake, Green River Lake, Kenlake, Kincaid Lake), and Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area. Additionally there are quota deer hunts for mobility-impaired hunters on Green River Lake WMA, Taylorsville Lake WMA and Zilpo-Twin Knobs Campgrounds (on Cave Run Lake).
If applying for a deer quota hunt as a group, each applicant’s preference points will be used to calculate an average point total for the group. A group with a higher preference point average will be randomly selected before a group with a lower preference point average.
A maximum of 10 percent nonresidents can be drawn in each deer quota hunt pool.
Drawn quota hunters may bring one non-hunting person along on their hunt. The non-hunting person is not required to have applied for the quota hunt but must check in and check out with the drawn quota hunter. Participants must abide by hunter orange requirements.
Ground blinds used during gun quota hunts for deer must have a hat or vest made of solid, unbroken hunter orange material attached to the blind so that it is visible from all sides. Hunter orange clothing requirements still apply for any persons inside the blind.
Pheasant quota hunts are held on Yellowbank WMA, Green River Lake WMA and Clay WMA. All drawn pheasant hunters must buy (regardless of attendance) and carry while hunting a pheasant quota hunt permit, which is $25 and may be purchased online or from license vendors anytime before the hunt. Permits are not transferrable.
Persons with one of the following physical conditions are eligible to apply for a mobility-impaired quota hunt. At check in, drawn hunters must show a WMA Mobility-Impaired Access Permit, available in advance of the hunt date from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
Season-long blind drawings are available at Barkley Lake, Barren River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Doug Travis, Green River Lake, Nolin River Lake, Rough River Lake and Sloughs wildlife management areas. Drawings are separate from general quota hunt drawings held in September.
Waterfowl quota hunts are held on Ballard and Sloughs WMA.
Ballard WMA (Ballard County)
Hunters will be drawn for one of 14 hunting units at Ballard WMA. Hunters are no longer required to hunt from blinds maintained by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and may hunt anywhere within their drawn unit.
This season, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be significant changes in how these hunting areas are determined.
Traditionally, a large crowd gathers at the WMA office the morning of each waterfowl hunt. Since WMA offices do not allow for social distancing, the department will conduct a remote random drawing every Monday. This drawing will determine daily hunting unit assignments for the week. Hunters will receive two days to hunt with each application drawn.
Hunting units include walk-in or boat-in access. Hunters may not choose the type of access or trade assigned units. Hunters without a boat or not wishing to walk to a unit should consider hunting at another WMA, or using the “no-hunt” option to preserve their hunting preference points at Ballard.
In addition, Ballard WMA will not offer stand-by hunting this season. Traditionally, if a drawn hunting party does not show up, groups of hunters standing by at the WMA office can be drawn to fill the empty slot. Because of crowding concerns and the potential for spreading COVID-19, the department will not offer this option at Ballard this season.
Sloughs WMA - Sauerheber Unit (Union and Henderson counties)
The Sauerheber Unit no longer will require hunting from blinds maintained by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Successfully drawn hunters will be assigned one of nine newly-established hunting units. The hunter who draws that unit can hunt anywhere within the unit.
Sloughs WMA - Jenny Hole Unit (Henderson County)
Unit is now a quota hunt-only area.
*Only hunters who are mobility-impaired as described in this section can apply and be drawn for this hunt. Antlered deer taken during quota hunts count against the statewide limit of one antlered deer per hunter, per season.
My Profile contains instructions for those drawn for quota hunts.
The elk quota hunt application period runs from January 1 - April 30 each year and the drawing takes place in May. Residents and non-residents are eligible to apply for each of the three permit types (bull or cow firearms, either sex archery/crossbow) but can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10.
Youth hunters and an accompanying adult may participate in mentor dove hunts on a limited number of public fields.
Locations of mentor hunts are published in the hunting guide for dove and early waterfowl. This new guide is available for download,or by calling 1-800-858-1549 in early August.
Apply here for Mentor/Mobility-Impaired Hatchery Hunts
MINOR CLARK AND PFEIFFER FISH HATCHERIES
Minor Clark and Pfeiffer Fish Hatcheries
Doug Travis WMA Mobility-impaired Hunt
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