Big Rivers WMA and State Forest

WMA Overview

Size: 7574 acres
Location: Crittenden & Union
Contact: (270) 374-3025
Elevation: minimum 330 feet, maximum 600 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.5454, Longitude W -88.0287
Area Habitat: open land 26.00%, forest 62.00%, wetland 9.99%, open water 0.99%.

Regulations

Open under statewide regulations for the small game, furbearer and turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during the two-day quota hunt that starts the first Saturday in November.

Other Exceptions

Deer: Open under statewide regulations for the archery, crossbow and youth firearm seasons; however, during quota hunts, all deer hunting seasons on this WMA are closed, except to drawn hunters. Archery/crossbow-only quota hunt from the Monday following the October youth-only weekend through Nov. 30, except when closed during the two-day quota hunt that starts the first Saturday in November.

Waterfowl

Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to 2 p.m. Hunters may not enter the area until 4 a.m.

Directions & Description

From Sturgis, Kentucky at the intersection of U.S. HWY 60 and KY 109, travel north on KY 109 for 1.65 miles, turn left (west) onto KY 1508 and proceed 1.45 miles to main Union County entrance on left.

Also from Sturgis, at the intersection of US 60 and KY 365, travel west on KY 365 and proceed 2.5 miles to main Crittenden County entrance and area office on right. Additional Crittenden County access is available on Bells Mine Road off KY 365. From Marion, travel 7.5 miles east on US 60, turn left on KY 365 and travel for 6.8 miles.

Steep to very steep upland hardwood forests, flat to rolling bottomland hardwood forest, and agricultural lands bordered by the Ohio River to the west and the Tradewater River to the south. Good populations of deer, turkey, squirrel, and furbearers exist on the area. ATVs, horseback riding, and camping are prohibited.

Co-owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Kentucky Division of Forestry.