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Quota Hunts

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Sloughs WMA  Waterfowl FAQ


NEW THIS YEAR


  • The quota hunt application period is Sept. 1-30. Quota hunt applications are no longer offered by phone. Apply for quota hunts online through the department’s website.
  • At Ballard WMA, hunters are no longer required to hunt from blinds maintained by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Hunters will draw daily for one of 14 newly established hunting units. The hunter who draws that unit can hunt anywhere within the unit. Some units will still have blinds available. Hunts available through quota draw for individual dates only. Hunters must turn in harvest cards at the end of each hunting day. Hunters who fail to do so will forfeit their opportunity to hunt at Ballard WMA for one year.
  • At Sloughs WMA, 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. Some units will still have blinds available. Hunts available through quota draw for individual dates only. Hunters must check in (remotely) the Sunday before their assigned hunt. Random drawing held Monday evenings for unclaimed hunt units or blinds.
  • At Sloughs WMA, the Jenny Hole Unit is now a quota hunt-only area. Hunting spots assigned by weekly drawings held Monday evenings at Sloughs WMA office. Only one member of a hunting party needs to be present at the drawing. Access is limited to drawn hunters only, and only on quota hunt days, with no access after 2 p.m. (local time).
  • 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.

Follow the rules!

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.


OVERVIEW


INTRODUCTION

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conducts quota hunts for deer, small game (pheasant, wild quail and upland birds) and migratory birds (waterfowl and mourning doves).

Some hunts are mentored hunts for youth and accompanying adults. Some hunts are open to mobility-impaired hunters only.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for quota hunts: Go online to https://app.fw.ky.gov/QuotaHunt/default.aspx. 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.

QUOTA DEER HUNTS

Deer quota hunts are held on 16 WMAs, six state parks (Dale Hollow Lake, Greenbo Lake, Green River Lake, Kenlake, Kincaid Lake, Lake Barkley), 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

Pheasant quota hunts are held on Yellowbank WMA, Green River Lake WMA and Clay WMA. See the “Public Hunting Areas Quick Reference” charts for dates. 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.

MOURNING DOVE MENTOR HUNTS

Youth hunters and an accompanying adult may participate in mentor dove hunts on a limited number of public fields.

Locations of mentor hunts will be published in the Migratory Bird Hunting Guide. This new guide will be available for download Hunting, or by calling 1-800-858-1549 in early August.

MOBILITY-IMPAIRED QUOTA HUNTS

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.

  • Has permanent paralysis of at least one (1) leg;
  • Has at least one (1) foot amputated;
  • Is permanently confined to a wheelchair or must use crutches, or a walker as a means of support to pursue daily activities;
  • Is restricted by a lung disease to such an extent that the person’s forced respiratory expiratory volume for one (1) second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one (1) liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty (60) mm/hg on room air at rest;
  • Requires portable oxygen;
  • Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class 3 or Class 4 according to standards set by the American Heart Association; or
  • Has a diagnosed disease which creates a severe mobility impairment.


WATERFOWL QUOTA HUNTS


WATERFOWL/MIGRATORY BIRD QUOTA HUNTS

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is moving much of its waterfowl and migratory bird hunting information to its website. Find information not covered in this printed guide in the Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which will be posted online at fw.ky.gov. This page covers basic information.

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 typically held from August through October. These are separate from general quota hunt drawings held in September. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife announces dates and locations for these waterfowl blind drawings in August. Check fw.ky.gov for more information.

PUBLIC LAND HUNTING

Ballard WMA (Ballard County)

Newthis year:Hunters are no longer required to hunt from blinds maintained by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Hunters will draw daily one of 14 newly-established hunting units. The hunter who draws that unit can hunt anywhere within the unit.

Sloughs WMA - Sauerheber Unit (Union and Henderson counties)

New this year: 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.

  • Hunts available through quota draw for individual dates only.
  • Apply for quota hunts Sept. 1-30 at https://app.fw.ky.gov/QuotaHunt/.
  • Hunters must check in (remotely) the Sunday before their assigned hunt. Random drawing held Monday evenings for unclaimed hunt units or blinds.
  • Sloughs WMA Waterfowl FAQ Click Here
  • Sauerheber Hunt Unit Waterfowl Map Click Here

Sloughs WMA - Jenny Hole Unit (Henderson County)

New this year: Unit is now a quota hunt-only area.

  • Hunting spots assigned by weekly drawings held Monday evenings at Sloughs WMA office. Only one member of a hunting party needs to be present at the drawing.
  • Access is limited to drawn hunters only, and only on quota hunt days, with no access after 2 p.m.(local time).​
  • Sloughs WMA Waterfowl FAQ Click Here
  • Jenny Hole Hunt Unit Waterfowl Map Click Here

MENTOR/MOBILITY-IMPAIRED HATCHERY HUNTS

Minor Clark and Pfeiffer Fish Hatcheries

  • Open to mobility-impaired hunters with access permit, and youths under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult mentor. A mentor may hunt.
  • Hunters must apply online between Nov. 1-15.
  • Hunt dates available Jan. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 (2019).
  • Mentor/youth hunt groups limited to four hunters, with no more than two hunting adults.

Doug Travis WMA Mobility-impaired Hunt

  • Two blinds available.
  • Applications accepted by mail, Nov. 1-15, 2018.

SANDHILL CRANES

  • Quota hunt application period is now during the month of September.
  • Hunters may be drawn for up to three permits a season.
  • Portions of Green River Lake established as refugee area and closed to hunting.


2018-19 DEER QUOTA HUNT CHOICES


WMA - Outdoor Recreation Area choices Dates # of Slots # of 2016 applicants Hunt Remarks (Quota Hunts are for either sex deer unless otherwise noted)
1 Ballard Nov. 3-4 100 832 Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four. Scouting permitted through Oct. 14.
2 Beaver Creek Nov. 3-4 330 172 Antlered deer only.
3 Big Rivers WMA & State Forest #1 Oct. 15- Nov. 30 130 496 Archery and crossbow only. Closed during the two-day quota hunt that starts the first Saturday in November.
4 Big Rivers WMA & State Forest #2 Nov. 3-4 100 281
5 Clay Nov. 3-4 225 773 Limit four, only one of which may be antlered, during quota hunt. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.
6 Dewey Lake Nov. 3-4 150 74 Limit one during quota hunt.
7 Fishtrap Lake Nov. 17-18 200 151 Limit one during quota hunt.
8 Green River Lake & Dennis-Gray
Nov. 3-4 400 612
9 Green River Lake & Dennis Gray Mobility-Impaired* Nov. 3-4 15 10 Open only to mobility-impaired persons.
10 Kentucky River Nov. 3-4 65 204
11 Kleber and Rich #1 Nov. 3-4 200 420
12 Kleber and Rich #2 Dec. 1-2 200 202
13 Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area Dec. 8-9 30 87 User permit required.
14 Paintsville Lake Nov. 3-4 300 230
15 Pennyrile State Forest/Tradewater WMA Nov. 3-4 300 465
16 Taylorsville Lake WMA #1 Nov. 3-4 268 655
17 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility Impaired* #1 Nov. 3-4 7 12 Open only to mobility-impaired persons.
18 Taylorsville Lake WMA #2
Dec. 1-2 268 272
19 Taylorsville Lake WMA Mobility-Impaired #2 Dec. 1-2 7 9 Open only to mobility-impaired persons.
20 Veterans Memorial #1 Nov. 3-4 75 252
21 Veterans Memorial #2 Dec. 1-2 75 112 Antlerless deer only. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.
22 West Kentucky WMA Dec. 15-18 160 188 Shotgun and muzzleloader only.
23 West Kentucky youth mentor Dec. 15-18 10 23 Shotgun only, youth mentor hunt on “A” tracts. Only youth hunters apply. No more than two youth hunters may accompany an adult mentor. No more than one adult can mentor a youth hunter. An adult mentor may take a deer during the hunt.
State park, other public lands choices
24 Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park #1 Dec. 8-9 40 36 Youth only. Must telecheck harvested deer.
25 Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park #2 Jan. 5-6 50 168 Must telecheck harvested deer.
26 Greenbo Lake State Resort Park #1 Nov. 2-4 40 50 Must telecheck harvested deer.
27 Greenbo Lake State Resort Park #2 Nov. 9-11 40 14 Must telecheck harvested deer.
28 Greenbo Lake State Resort Park #3 Jan. 8-9 90 46 Must telecheck harvested deer.
29 Green River Lake State Park #1 Dec. 6-9 55 126 Archery and crossbow only. No check in or out. Must telecheck harvested deer.
30 Green River Lake State Park #2 Dec. 13-16 55 56 Archery and crossbow only. No check in or out. Must telecheck harvested deer.
31 Kenlake State Resort Park Nov. 8-11 20 44 Archery and crossbow only. Must telecheck harvested deer.
32 Kincaid Lake State Park #1 Dec. 13-16 10 81 Archery and crossbow only. Must telecheck harvested deer.
33 Kincaid Lake State Park #2 Dec. 20-23 10 16 Archery and crossbow only. Must telecheck harvested deer.
34 Lake Barkley State Resort Park Jan. 8-9 40 186 Must telecheck harvested deer.
35 Twin Knobs Mobility-Impaired* Dec. 8 12 9 Open only to mobility-impaired persons.

*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.


ELK 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 four permit types (bull or cow firearms, bull or cow archery/crossbow) but can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10.


PHEASANT QUOTA HUNTS

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.


SANDHILL CRANE QUOTA HUNT

Hunters must apply for a sandhill crane hunt online from Nov. 15 through Nov. 30, each year and pay a $3 application fee. The results will be posted by December 8th. Applicants must have a valid Kentucky hunting license or be license exempt when they apply. Results are posted to individual applicants online following the drawing. Drawn hunters must pass an online identification exam before receiving a sandhill crane hunting permit.

WILD QUAIL and UPLAND BIRD QUOTA HUNTS

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

Upland bird (wild grouse, wild quail and woodcock) quota hunts are held on Clay WMA.


WATERFOWL QUOTA HUNTS

Waterfowl quota hunts are held on Ballard and Sloughs WMA.


MOURNING DOVE MENTOR HUNTS

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 Kentucky Hunting Guide for Dove and Early Migratory Bird guide.
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