WMA Overview

Size: 8953 acres
Location: Nicholas, Fleming, Bath
Contact: (859) 289-8564
Elevation: minimum 597 feet, maximum 959 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 38.3411, Longitude W -83.9195
Area Habitat: open land 14.00%, forest 84.89%, wetland 0.29%, open water 0.89%.


Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, turkey and furbearer seasons.


Area closed to all hunting except archery deer hunting and the quota pheasant hunt for four consecutive days starting on the first Friday in December. On upland bird quota hunt dates, area closed to all other small game hunting until 2 p.m.

Bear: Zone 3 (Bath and Fleming county portions). See the Black Bear Hunting page on this website for more details.

Deer: On the main tract, the archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, and youth firearm seasons are open under statewide regulations, except archery hunting is closed during quota fox hunting field trials. The remainder of the WMA is open under statewide regulations for the archery, crossbow, muzzleloader and youth seasons, except during the quota deer hunt. Quota deer hunt, two consecutive days starting the first Saturday in November, limit four, only one of which may be antlered. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.

Fox: Quota fox hunting field trials, Sept. 13-16 and Sept. 27-30, 2017.

Grouse & Quail: Upland bird quota hunts on the Wednesday following the first Saturday in November, the third Sunday in November, the third Saturday in December and the fourth Tuesday in December.

Pheasant: Quota hunts, either sex, limit two, Dec. 1, 2 and 3, 2017; Open Dec. 4, 2017, only to drawn pheasant quota hunters, either sex, limit three; Open Dec. 5-31, 2017, either sex, daily limit three.

Rabbit: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, except closed for the deer quota hunt and the pheasant quota hunt.

Directions & Description

Located approximately eight miles northeast of Carlisle, KY. From Carlisle take KY 32 north and turn right on KY 57, Cassidy Creek RD. There are two entrances, watch for area signs.

Terrain is steep to rolling. Several boat ramps provide access to the Licking River. Horseback riding trails on main Nicholas County tract only.

This WMA is closed to the public during quota fox hunting field trials. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, portions purchased with funds from the Heritage Lands Conservation Fund.