Bobwhite Quail Shoot-to-Train

​​​​General Information

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

Issuance Cycle

Annual renewal is required.

Application Process

The applicant would complete the Shoot-to-Train Permit Application. Submit the completed application to the Department of Fish and Wildlife with the following address:

Robert Spencer

#1 Sportsman's Lane

Frankfort, KY 40601

​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. Note: 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 annually 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 bobwhites 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 possessed 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.