Click here​ to see the 2018-19 hunting guide. Proposed changes to deer hunting seasons, zones and requirements, however, are pending legislative approval. Bag limits and zones remain the same as the 2017-18 season until 2018-19 regulations are finalized. Learn more by clicking onto this video​. Please check back later this summer for finalized 2018-19 deer hunting seasons, zones and requirements.  To stay updated on the proposed changes Click Here. ​​

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