License and Permit Descriptions

Licenses are valid from March 1 (or date of purchase thereafter) through February 28 of the following year.

HUNTING LICENSES allow the holder to take legal game species statewide by gun, bow, dog or falconry. Deer and turkey hunters must have deer or turkey permits in addition to the appropriate hunting license. Migratory bird hunters must have a migratory bird permit or a waterfowl permit in addition to the hunting license.

FISHING LICENSES allow the holder to take sport and rough fish statewide by rod and reel, pole or line, or other specified legal methods. Trout fishermen must also have a trout permit.

COMBINATION LICENSES allow the holder to perform any act authorized by either a hunting or fishing license.

SENIOR/DISABILITY SPORTSMAN’S LICENSES allow qualified residents to perform any act authorized by either a hunting or a fishing license and to take trout, deer, turkey, waterfowl and other migratory game birds without any additional state permits. License holder would be required to purchase the Federal Duck Stamp to hunt waterfowl.

TRAPPING LICENSES are required of all trappers, regardless of age or residence. None of the hunting or fishing license exemptions applies to trappers. Trapping licenses are valid from March 1 through the last day of February.

RESIDENT LICENSES

Combination Fishing and Hunting License - Available only to Kentucky residents.

Sportsman's License - Includes Combination Hunting and Fishing License, Resident Deer Permit, Spring Turkey Permit, Resident Fall Turkey Permit, State Waterfowl Permit and Trout Permit

Youth Sportsman's License - Includes Youth Hunting License, 2 Youth Deer Permits and 2 Youth Turkey Permits. Available to residents only who have not yet reached their 16th birthday. Valid for the entire year in which issued, even if the license holder turns 16 during that year. Parent or guardian must sign the license at the time of purchase. Children under the age of 12 are license exempt.

Resident Hunting - Available only to Kentucky residents.

1-Day Hunting - Valid only for one (1) day, specified by the purchaser. Date may be today or any date in the future. MAY NOT BE USED FOR DEER, ELK OR TURKEY HUNTING.

Youth Hunting - Available to residents and nonresidents who have not yet reached their 16th birthday. Valid for the entire year in which issued, even if the license holder turns 16 during that year. Parent or guardian must sign the license at the time of purchase. Children under the age of 12 are license exempt (effective with the 2008 license season)

Resident Fishing - Available only to Kentucky residents.

Joint Fishing (husband-wife) - Available only to Kentucky residents. Costs 10% less than two fishing licenses bought separately.

1-Day Resident Fishing - Valid only for one (1) day specified by the purchaser. Starting date may be today or any date in the future.

3-Year Resident Fishing - Available only to Kentucky residents. Available online only.

Senior/Disabled Sportsman's License - Available only to Kentucky residents. Includes Combination Hunting and Fishing License, all Deer Permits, Spring Turkey Permit, Resident Fall Turkey Permit, State Waterfowl Permit and Trout Permit. Must be over 65 or have a department issued disability authorization card.

Resident Trapping - Required of all trappers except landowners or tenants, who must have the landowner/tenant trapping license.

Resident Landowner/Tenant Trapping - Not available to nonresident, even those trapping on the property they own.

Youth Trapping - Required of all trappers under the age of 16. Available only to Kentucky residents who have not yet reached their 16th birthday. Valid for the entire year in which issued, even if the license holder turns 16 during that year. Children under the age of 12 are license exempt (effective with the 2008 license season).

NONRESIDENT LICENSES

Annual Nonresident Fishing - Valid for entire license year.

1-Day Nonresident Fishing - Available only to nonresidents. Valid only for one (1) day specified by the purchaser. Starting date may be today or any date in the future.

7-Day Nonresident Fishing - Available only to nonresidents. Valid only for a consecutive seven-day period, specified by the purchaser. Starting date may be today or any date in the future.

15-Day Nonresident Fishing - Available only to nonresidents. Valid only for a consecutive 15-day period, specified by the purchaser. Starting date may be today or any date in the future.

Annual Nonresident Hunting - Identical to a resident license, except required of persons who are not Kentucky Residents. REQUIRED FOR DEER, ELK, BEAR OR TURKEY HUNTERS.

1-Day Nonresident Hunting - Valid only for one day, specified by the purchaser. Date may be today or any date in the future. MAY NOT BE USED FOR DEER, TURKEY, ELK OR BEAR HUNTING.

7-Day Nonresident Hunting - Valid only for a consecutive (7) seven-day period, specified by the purchaser. Starting date may be today or any date in the future. MAY NOT BE USED FOR DEER, ELK OR TURKEY HUNTING.

Nonresident Trapping - Required of all nonresident trappers.

Youth Hunting - Available to residents and nonresidents who have not yet reached their 16th birthday. Valid for the entire year in which issued, even if the license holder turns 16 during that year. Parent or guardian must sign the license at the time of purchase. Children under the age of 12 are license exempt.

PERMITS

PERMITS are required in addition to the appropriate hunting or fishing license.

Resident Deer Permit - Required to hunt deer. Entitles the holder to two deer. May be used to take 1 antlered and 1 antlerless deer, or 2 antlerless deer. Only 1 antlered deer per hunter may taken each year statewide.

Non-Resident Deer Permit – Required to hunt deer. Entitles the holder to two deer. MAY NOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A ONE OR SEVEN-DAY NONRESIDENT OR A ONE DAY RESIDENT HUNTING LICENSE.

Youth Deer Permit - Issued to holders of Youth Hunting Licenses only. Entitles the holder to one deer. Two per season may be sold to the Youth license holder NOTE: Youth hunting license holders may also buy the regular deer permit. Children under the age of 12 are license exempt.

Additional Deer Permit - This permit entitles the holder to two deer in any zone, in keeping with applicable bag limits. May use unlimited Additional Deer Permits in Zone 1 counties during any deer season. Must purchase a statewide deer permit before using this permit. Only 1 antlered deer per hunter may be taken each year statewide, regardless of deer permit type used.

Resident Bear Permit – Required to hunt bear. Entitles the holder to one bear.

Resident Bear Chase Permit - Required to chase bears with dogs during legal seasons. Only available to residents. (only available through the internet)

Youth Resident Bear Chase Permit - Required to chase bears with dogs during legal seasons. Only available to residents. (only available through the internet)

Migratory Bird-Waterfowl Permit - Required to hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, geese, doves, woodcocks, snipes, rails and gallinules. Required of hunters ages 16 and over. NOTE: Waterfowl hunters must also possess a federal duck stamp, available at Post Offices. May be used in conjunction with a 1-Day, 7-Day or annual nonresident or a 1-Day or annual resident hunting license.

Resident Spring Turkey Permit - Entitles the holder to two male or bearded turkeys only. To be used in conjunction with a Resident Annual Hunting License. MAY NOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A 1-DAY RESIDENT HUNTING LICENSE.

Nonresident Spring Turkey Permit - Entitles the holder to two male or bearded turkeys only. MAY NOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A 1- OR 7-DAY NONRESIDENT HUNTING LICENSE.

Resident Fall Turkey Permit - Entitles the holder to FOUR turkeys (please consult Fall Hunting & Trapping Guide for bag limits by season, sex of turkey, and harvest method). MAY NOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A 1-DAY RESIDENT HUNTING LICENSE.

Nonresident Fall Turkey Permit - Entitles the holder to FOUR turkeys (please consult Fall Hunting & Trapping Guide for bag limits by season, sex of turkey, and harvest method). To be used in conjunction with a Nonresident Annual Hunting License. MAY NOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A 1- OR 7-DAY NONRESIDENT HUNTING LICENSE.

Youth Turkey Permit - Issued to holders of Youth Hunting Licenses only. Entitles the holder to one turkey during spring or fall. Two per season may be sold to a Youth license holder. NOTE: Youth hunting license holders may instead buy the regular turkey permits, which include 2 turkeys in spring and up to 4 turkeys total in fall. Statewide bag limits still apply. Children under the age of 12 are license- and permit- exempt but standard bag limits and other regulations apply.

Trout Permit - Required for trout fishermen. Joint husband-wife license holders each need trout permits if both will trout fish.

Temporary Hunter Education Exemption Permit - This permit entitles the holder (resident or nonresident) to hunt in Kentucky for up to one hunting license year (March 1 through February 28) without meeting the hunter education requirement. Must purchase a statewide license and other applicable permits in addition to this permit. Military installations in Kentucky and other states do not recognize this exemption.

Elk Lottery Permit - Persons who wish to hunt in the Elk Quota Hunt shall purchase an elk draw permit. The department shall select hunters by a random drawing of all valid elk draw permit holders. Hunters must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. A person can apply once for each of the 4 elk drawing permit types in an application period. The deadline for purchasing this permit is midnight, EST on April 30th.

Youth WMA Elk Lottery - Youth who wish to hunt in a special Youth Elk Hunt shall purchase this permit. Open to any applicant who will be less than 16 years old on the 1st date of the hunt.

Resident Out-of-Zone Elk Permit - Entitles hunters who wish to hunt Elk out of the elk restoration zone during deer season to take one elk. Hunter must be a legal deer hunter.

Nonresident Out-of-Zone Elk Permit - Entitles hunters who wish to hunt Elk out of the elk restoration zone during deer season to take one elk. Hunter must be a legal deer hunter.

USER PERMITS are required for certain wildlife management areas. They are required for all users of these areas -- hikers, picnickers, birdwatchers, etc. (A group permit is available from the Frankfort office of KDFWR for organized events).

Peabody Wildlife Areas User Permit - This area is located in Ohio and Muhlenberg counties.

Land Between the Lakes User Permit

Land Between the Lakes Hunt/Backcountry Camp

Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area​​​​​​​​​