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.

Boone Forestlands WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 31690 acres
Location: Bell, Harlan & Leslie
Contact: (606) 269-8164
Elevation: minimum 1113 feet, maximum 2582 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.8818, Longitude W -83.4971
Area Habitat: open land 19.46%, forest 75.05%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.17%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons with exception:

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

Boone Forestlands WMA consists of many tracts in 3 different counties. The tracts are bounded in general to the north by the Hal Rogers PKWY and on the south by KY 221 along the base of Pine Mountain, to the west by KY 66, and US 421 to the east. The largest blocks by county are in southern Leslie, eastern Bell, and northern Harlan. Several additional tracts are located southwest of Hyden in Leslie County.

Boone Forestlands WMA is the result of a cooperative agreement between the owner, Boone Forestlands, LLC and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The area consists of reclaimed surface mined and forested land located in several disjointed tracts. Public should be aware that active surface mine sites, deep mines and the coal washing facility are Off- limits. This area is within a Limited Entry Area for elk hunting. Please refer to the elk portion of our website.