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Ballard WMA will reopen for waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Jan. 19. Hunters that were drawn and did not get to hunt during the closure will receive preference points back, as if they were not drawn this year. 

Bobwhite Quail Shoot-to-Train

​General Information

A shoot-to-train permit allows trainers to release and shoot captive reared bobwhite quail August 15 - May 15.


Issuance Cycle

 Annual renewal required.


Application Process 

  1. Applicant would complete Shoot-to-Train Permit Application
  2. Submit completed application to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Send to Naomi Wilson, #1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort, KY  40601 or e-mail to Naomi.Wilson@ky.gov.

Trainers Must:

  • Possess a valid hunting license or quality as exempt;
  • Possess proof of captive-bird purchase or a valid captive wildlife permit for bobwhite;
  • Band captive-birds with aluminum #7 leg bands(25 provided by the Department/year; bands can be reused)
  • No loose leg bands can be at the training site
  • Walk the training area to ensure no wild bobwhite are present before training
  • Release banded bobwhite immediately prior to training
  • Training season is from August 15 through May 15
  • The number of leg bands on the dog training or shooting site shall not exceed the number of captive-reared bobwhite present on the site.
  • A person shall comply with the holding and permit requirements established in 301 KAR 2:081 if:
    • Captive-reared bobwhite quail are possess for more than ten (10) days; or
    • More than 100 captive-reared bobwhite quail are possessed.



  • 301 KAR 2:041. Shooting areas, dog training areas, commercial foxhound training enclosures, and bobwhite shoot-to-train season.



A person shall contact the department to update an application that is no longer accurate.