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Upland Bird 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.

Upland Bird Quota Hunts

Upland bird quota hunts (for wild grouse, wild quail and woodcock) are offered on Clay WMA. There are four (4) 1-day quota hunts offered.

Upland bird quota hunt dates:  Nov. 8, Nov. 19, Dec. 16 and Dec. 26, 2017.

  • Hunt parties are limited to a maximum of three (3) participants each.
  • Hunt parties may apply for up to three upland bird quota hunts, but will be drawn for only one hunt.
  • Bag limits for each hunt are four (4) grouse and four (4) quail per hunter. Hunters may also harvest woodcock according to statewide regulations established in 301 KAR 2:225 and explained in the Kentucky Hunting Guide for dove and early migratory bird seasons.
  • 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 be assigned to a designated portion of the WMA upon check-in. 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.
  • Preference points are awarded for unselected Clay WMA upland bird quota hunt applicants.