WMA Overview

Size: 2293 acres
Location: Breathitt
Contact: (606) 878-9595
Elevation: minimum 739 feet, maximum 1543 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.4471, Longitude W -83.2038
Area Habitat: open land 58.13%, forest 41.39%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.48%.


Open under statewide regulations for squirrel, rabbit, grouse, quail, turkey and furbearer seasons.


Bear: Zone 2. See the Black Bear Hunting page on this website for more details.

Open under statewide regulations for the archery and crossbow seasons.

Elk: Portions only open for archery/crossbow hunting to persons who possess the appropriate elk hunting permit.

Note: Area is closed to vehicle access from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise except to hunters retrieving downed game.

Directions & Description

Located off Kentucky HWY 476. From Jackson - travel approximately 6 miles on HWY 15 south, then east on HWY 476 approximately 12 miles. At Breathitt/Perry County line, turn left on Buckhorn Creek RD and travel less than one mile to gated entrance on the right. Area is gated and foot travel only is allowed behind any locked gate. Directions from Hazard - travel approximately 7 miles east on HWY 80, then west on HWY 476 approximately 14 miles. Turn right on Buckhorn Creek RD and follow directions above.

Paul Van Booven WMA is located in southeast Breathitt County. The WMA consists of over 2,000 acres of reclaimed surface mines and forests. The University of Kentucky owned property is the site of many ongoing research projects related to forest management and mine reclamation. Good to moderate populations of elk, quail, rabbits, deer, turkey and songbirds exist on the area. This area is within a Limited Entry Area for elk hunting, please refer to the elk portion of our website.

The area is open for hunting under statewide regulations except for archery/crossbow only for deer and elk.