Spring turkey and spring squirrel hunting seasons are open under statewide regulations on most wildlife management areas (WMAs) owned, leased or managed by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. However, special regulations are in effect on Barren River Lake WMA, Higginson-Henry WMA, Livingston County WMA, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, Peabody WMA, Pioneer Weapons WMA, Robinson Forest WMA and West Kentucky WMA. Please consult the Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide for more details about these WMAs and federal lands.

Kentucky Ridge Forest WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 3504 acres
Location: Bell
Contact: (606) 269-8164
Elevation: minimum 1002 feet, maximum 2229 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.7724, Longitude W -83.7708
Area Habitat: open land 5.34%, forest 94.63%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.00%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

Bear: Due to a proposed regulation change, please check back later for possible new information about bear hunting on this area, or call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549.

Elk: Open during quota elk hunts to persons who possess the appropriate elk hunting permit.

Directions & Description

4 miles west of Pineville on KY 92, borders Kentucky Ridge State Forest. Access roads closed except during open hunting seasons. Mountainous terrain, primarily forested with some early succession stages on reclaimed mining land.

Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Kentucky Division of Forestry, portions purchased with funds from the Heritage Lands Conservation Fund.