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: 1358 acres
Location: Bell
Contact: (606) 269-8164
Elevation: minimum 1280 feet, maximum 2400 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.6970, Longitude W -83.7004
Area Habitat: open land 3.61%, forest 96.10%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.15%.


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

From Pineville, KY in Bell County take US 25E south approximately 4.5 miles to CR-1149 (Ferndale Acres RD) and turn right (west). WMA entrance approximately ½ mile from US 25E.

From Middlesboro, take 25E north to CR-1149 (Ferndale Acres RD) and turn left toward WMA entrance. Access to Cannon Creek Lake from 25E, turn onto Rice RD.

Area consists of forestland and reclaimed mined land with steep to rugged topography. Good to moderate populations of squirrel, rabbits, grouse, deer, turkey and songbirds exist on the area.

Fortner-Davis WMA is privately owned.