Fort Knox Military Reservation

WMA Overview

Size: 108618 acres
Location: Bullitt, Meade & Hardin
Contact: Fort Knox Hunt Control Office (502) 624-7311 or (502) 624-2712
Elevation: minimum feet, maximum feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.9299, Longitude W -85.9469
Area Habitat: open land 14.79%, forest 71.48%, wetland 13.16%, open water 0.57%.


Turkey: Open under statewide regulations April 14 - May 9, 2021. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until 1300 (1 p.m.)

Squirrel: Open under statewide regulations during the spring season.

Coyote: Open under statewide regulations. 

Hunters must register firearms at the Visitor Center located at the Chaffee Gate before bringing them onto the installation. For more information about firearms registration, call (502) 624-7011 or (502) 624-7019.

The following items must be in your possession while in the hunting areas:
a. Kentucky State Hunting License, Sportsman’s License, or Senior/Disabled License (out-of-state hunters need an annual non-resident license)
b. Kentucky State Spring Turkey Permit (out-of-state hunters need a non-resident spring turkey permit)
c. Fort Knox Spring Turkey Permit (paper or electronic copy acceptable)
d. Fort Knox Spring Turkey Harvest Log
e. State-issued Hunter Education Certificate required for hunters age 12-60. The one-time Kentucky hunter education exemption is acceptable but the hunter must be accompanied by an adult (21 and over) that meets the hunter education requirements above.
f. A printed iSportsman hunting permit for each individual in vehicle must be displayed in the driver’s side of windshield. Scouting permit required to be displayed for non-hunters and callers.

Spring squirrel hunting permitted.

Rifles, handguns and solid projectile ammunition are prohibited for hunting small game.

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Directions & Description

Active military installation located thirty miles south of Louisville on US 31W. Approximately 65,000 acres are potentially available for hunting and fishing when the military mission permits. Access to the installation for hunting and fishing is coordinated through the Hunt Control Office and is strictly controlled and rigidly enforced. An iSportsman account ( is required for all persons wishing to obtain a hunting or fishing permit. Checking into and out of hunting and fishing areas will be conducted through the iSportsman system or at the Hunt Control Office located in Building 9297, 4916 Wilson Road (Latitude N 37.92985, Longitude W -85.94689).

Primarily forested with rolling uplands, broad ridge tops, and narrow valleys with steep slopes, Fort Knox has a variety of habitats that support hunting for small game species such as squirrel, dove, rabbit, quail, raccoon, and migratory birds as well as quality deer and wild turkey hunting.

There is a variety of quality fishing resources available on the installation. This includes trout fishing in Otter Creek; largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill fishing in the seven managed and numerous unmanaged lakes; and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and longear sunfish fishing in Mill Creek, Cedar Creek, and Otter Creek.

Quota archery and gun deer hunts by application only through the iSportsman system. Weapons registration and Fort Knox hunting and fishing permits required. Camping is allowed for nonmilitary affiliated personnel only during the deer season at Camp Carlson (502-624-4836). Area also features the U.S. Bullion Depository, Patton Museum, and Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area.

Hunting and fishing on Fort Knox is available to the general public within the constraints of the resources and safety.