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.

WMA Overview

Size: 54829 acres
Location: Bell, Knox & Leslie
Contact: (606) 269-8164
Elevation: minimum 929 feet, maximum 3143 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.6302, Longitude W -83.8577
Area Habitat: open land 19.94%, forest 80.01%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.03%.


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: Portions open during quota elk hunts to persons who possess the appropriate elk hunting permit.

Directions & Description

Corrigan consists of several tracts in different counties. One of the larger tracts is west of Middlesboro and is crossed by Highway 74.

The 54,839-acre area consists of reclaimed surface-mined and forested land located in several disjointed tracts in Bell, Knox and Leslie Counties. Active surface mine sites, deep mines and other mining-related facilities are off limits to the public. Good to moderate populations of squirrel, rabbits, grouse, deer, turkey and songbirds exist on the area.

The area is open under statewide regulations for small game, turkey, and deer seasons. This area is within a Limited Entry Area for elk hunting, please refer to the elk portion of our website.

Corrigan WMA is the result of a cooperative agreement between the landowner and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.