Special Commission Permits


The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission (voluntary board), which provides oversight to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, may award up to 10 special permits per year for each of several specific hunting opportunities to charitable wildlife organizations that conduct wildlife conservation and related participation programs or projects in Kentucky for purposes of fundraising. The special permits are for up to 10 each of black bear, ​white-tailed deer, wild turkey, elk, and waterfowl. Recipient organizations typically raise funds with auctions, raffles, or direct sales of the permits awarded, which they shall use for the conservation or participation efforts proposed in their applications for consideration by the Commission.


Important Note to Prospective Applicants:

Amendments and a recodification of the Kentucky Administrative Regulation (301 KAR 5:200) governing Special Commission Permits became effective June 4​, 2024. The application, reporting, and hunter information submission processes have changed and are now submitted exclusively via the online portal. Please review the information below to ensure compliance with the new requirements.


How to Submit an Application, Report, or Hunter Information:

  • To apply, complete your application on the Special Commission Permit Submission Portal.
  • To file a required annual report, complete the report on the Special Commission Permit Submission Portal.
  • To submit hunter information for permit issuance, use the link provided to the organization via email. If you cannot locate that email, please contact the Department at FW.CommissionPermits@ky.gov.


​​​​​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions​

If you have any other questions regarding the Special Commission Permits program not covered by this FAQ, feel free to contact the Department at FW.CommissionPermits@ky.gov


​​​​​​​​​About the Application Process


About the Awards Process

​​​​​​​​About the Permit Issuance Process

About Project Reporting and Use of Proceeds