2018 Bear Seasons: The muzzleloader season for bears opens December 8 in zone 3 only. The modern gun season for bears opens December 15 in zones 1 and 2. Please call 800-858-1549 after 9pm EST each night of the season to determine if the season is open the following day.​ 
2019 Elk Hunt: Click here​ to receive email updates about applying for next year's Elk Hunt Drawing.

Which License or Permit Do I Need to Hunt?

Kentucky Residents:

Deer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Deer Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License** + Statewide Deer Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License

Fall Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License** + Fall Turkey Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License

Spring Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License** + Spring Turkey Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License

Bear Hunting

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Bear Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License** + Bear Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License + Bear Permit

Bear Chase Season

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Bear Chase Permit
Ages 16-64
Annual Hunting License** + Bear Chase Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License + Bear Chase Permit

Small Game & Furbearer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License*
Ages 16-64
Annual or 1-Day Hunting License
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License

Trapping

Ages 12-15
Annual Youth Trapping License
Ages 16-64
Annual or Landowner/Tenant Trapping License
Ages 65+/Disability
Annual or Landowner/Tenant Trapping License

Migratory Birds

(dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails, and gallinules)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License*
Ages 16-64
Annual or 1-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License

Waterfowl

(ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License*
Ages 16-64
Annual or 1-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit + Federal Duck Stamp
Ages 65+/Disability
Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License + Federal Duck Stamp

Non-Residents (must buy nonresident licenses/permits):

Deer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Deer Permit
Ages 16 and over
Annual Hunting License** + Statewide Deer Permit

Fall Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16 and over
Annual Hunting License** + Fall Turkey Permit

Spring Turkey

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License* + Youth Turkey Permit
Ages 16 and over
Annual Hunting License** + Spring Turkey Permit

Bear Hunting

Ages 12-15
Not available
Ages 16 and over
Annual Hunting License** + Bear Permit

Bear Chase Season

Ages 12-15
Not available
Ages 16 and over
Not available

Small Game & Furbearer

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License*
Ages 16 and over
Annual, 1-Day or 7-Day Hunting License

Trapping

Ages 12-15
Annual Trapping License
Ages 16 and over
Annual Trapping License

Migratory Birds

(dove, snipe, woodcock, moorhens, rails, and gallinules)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License*
Ages 16 and over
Annual, 1-Day or 7-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit

Waterfowl

(ducks, geese, coots and mergansers)

Ages 12-15
Youth Hunting License*
Ages 16 and over
Annual, 1-Day or 7-Day Hunting License + Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit + Federal Duck Stamp