Daniel Boone National Forest

WMA Overview

Size: 638529 acres
Location: Bath, Clay, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley & Wolfe
Contact: (859) 745-3100
Elevation: minimum feet, maximum feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.9938, Longitude W -84.2137
Area Habitat: open land 5.66%, forest 91.79%, wetland 0.01%, open water 2.37%.

Regulations

Open for public hunting under statewide regulations. Season dates, bag limits and zone restrictions apply based on the counties in which this area is located. Baiting prohibited.

Bear: Zone 1 (Harlan County portion); Zone 2 (Clay, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley county portions); Zone 3 (Bath, Estill, Lee, Menifee, Morgan, Powell, Rowan and Wolfe county portions). See the Black Bear Hunting page on this website for more details.

Coyotes: Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited on Kentucky lands managed by the Daniel Boone National Forest, including wildlife management areas (WMAs) located within its boundaries.

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

Waterfowl - Cave Run Lake Area

No goose hunting is permitted on public lands or waters within the block of land lying inside the boundaries of Hwy. 801, Hwy. 1274, Hwy. 36, Hwy. 211, Hwy. 60 and Hwy. 826.

For more information: 
www.fs.usda.gov/activity/dbnf/recreation/hunting

Directions & Description

From Tenn. line in McCreary County north to Fleming and Lewis counties. Many US, state and county roads lead into and across area; forest roads, marked hiking trails in many sections.

Primarily mountainous with many sections quite steep and rugged, but with some fairly flat river and creek bottoms and ridge tops. Migratory waterfowl, bald eagles often seen around Cave Run and Laurel lakes. Many trout streams, small lakes throughout, several rivers offer float fishing.

Several recreational areas maintained by U.S. Forest Service offer camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback trails, etc. Maps, additional information available from U. S. Forest Service,1700 Bypass Road, Winchester, KY 40391. NOTE: Much land within forest boundaries is still privately owned and permission should be obtained before entering these private holdings. Owned by U. S. Forest Service. This area is within a Limited Entry Area for elk hunting, please refer to the elk portion of our website.