WMA Overview

Size: 8979 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 16.52%, forest 82.66%, wetland 0.36%, open water 0.51%.


Open under county and statewide regulations, except:
  • Archery/crossbow deer season: prohibited on main tract during the quota fox hunting field trials (Sept. 8 – 11, 2021; Sept. 22 –25, 2021; Feb. 23 – 26, 2022).
  • Modern Gun deer season: quota hunt only, Nov. 6-7, 2021. Limit four, only one of which may be antlered, during quota hunt. Hunters awarded one preference point for each female deer harvested, up to four.
  • Rabbit: open Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2021, except closed Nov. 6-7, 2021 for the deer quota hunt and in the pheasant quota hunt units during pheasant quota hunts on Dec. 3-7, 2021.
  • Grouse and Quail: open until 3 p.m. (local time) on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2021 except closed Nov. 7-8, 2021 for the deer quota hunt; and in the pheasant quota hunt units during pheasant quota hunts (Dec. 4-7, 2021). Daily bag limit is four quail and two grouse.
  • Bear: open only in bear zone (portions of Zone 3).
  • Pheasant Quota Hunts: open Dec. 3-5, either sex, limit two. Open Dec. 6 only to drawn pheasant quota hunters, either sex, limit three. Open Dec. 7-31, either sex, daily limit three. 

*The Upper and Lower Units of the management area are closed to public use Sept. 8-11, Sept. 22-25, 2021 and Feb. 23-26, 2022, except for those registered to participate in quota fox hunting field trials on those days.

*During the pheasant quota hunt period, pheasant quota hunt units close to small game hunting for four consecutive days starting the first Friday in December. Rabbit, quail and grouse hunters must check in and check out at a self-service kiosk and clearly display a department-provided vehicle hang-tag in a vehicle. Hangtags available in advance through the department’s website. Portions of this WMA in Fleming and Bath counties are Zone 3 for bear.

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.

Upland Bird and Rabbit Hunters MUST check in/out at Kiosks using HangTag (last page of map document)

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.