Attention, deer hunters: Deer hunting regulations, including season dates, zones and bag limits, have been finalized for the 2018-19 season and are effective immediately. Click here to see the updated 2018-19 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide. To view a video about what is new this year, click here​.

Identifying Kentucky's Owls

Whoo's Whoo Out There?

Kentucky hosts many species of owls.  How can you tell each species apart?

Information and pictures of each species of owl that regularly occurs in Kentucky is listed below.  Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) and Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) have also been recorded in Kentucky, but are not described below due to their extreme rarity.

Recordings of calls are available for selected species below.  To hear more owl calls and find more pictures and information on 
owls,  please visit