WMA Overview

Size: 16802 acres
Location: Clay, Bell, Knox, & Leslie
Contact: Wes Hodges, (606) 654-2533
Elevation: minimum 1040 feet, maximum 2440 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.9820, Longitude W -83.5324
Area Habitat: open land 20.59%, forest 75.84%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.01%.

Regulations

Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

Bear: Bell Zone (Bell County Portion); East Zone 2 (Clay, Knox and Leslie county portions). See the Black Bear Hunting page on this website for more details.

Directions & Description

The area lies between KY 66 and US 421 south of Hal Rogers PKWY in the area where Clay, Bell and Leslie counties meet. The area is a mixture of mature hardwoods and reclaimed coal mining land. The strip benches and other remains of mining Elk Forest WMA provide access to interior.

The area is open to statewide regulations for deer, turkey, small game hunting. There are few viable fishing opportunities on the area. Be sure to follow all signage as some areas are off-limits to the public. This property is located within Elk Hunting Units 2 and 3. Please refer to the elk portion of our website.

Elk Forest WMA is privately owned.