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BEAR ZONES

McCreary County Zone

Letcher County Zone

Harlan County Zone

Bell County Zone

Wayne County Zone

Zone 2 West: Clinton, Jackson, Laurel, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Whitley counties

Zone 2 East: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry and Pike counties

Zone 3: Adair, Bath, Boyd, Carter, Casey, Clark, Cumberland, Elliot, Estill, Fleming, Garrard, Greenup, Lee, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell, Rowan and Wolfe.


***Proposed Zones***


Zone 1: McCreary, Bell, Harlan and Letcher County 

Zone 2: Clinton, Jackson, Laurel, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Whitley, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Adair, Bath, Boyd, Carter, Casey, Clark, Cumberland, Elliot, Estill, Fleming, Garrard, Greenup, Lee, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell, Rowan, Wolfe and Wayne County


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License and Permit needed:

  • Annual Hunting License (Hunting/Sportsman's/Disability/Senior)
  • Bear Permit

Click here for exemptions and requirements and Fall Hunting Guide.

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Archery & Crossbow

*** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

Location:
Bear Zone 1
Season Dates:
Oct 22 2022 - Oct 24 2022
either sex

*** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

Location:
Bear Zone 2
Season Dates:
Oct 22 2022 - Oct 26 2022
either sex


Chase-Only

*** Proposed Season Date Currently in Season

Location:
Bear Zone
Season Dates:
Sep 9 2022 - Sep 30 2022
either sex


Firearm

*** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

Location:
Bear Zone 1
Season Dates:
Dec 10 2022 - Dec 12 2022
either sex

*** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

Location:
Bear Zone 2
Season Dates:
Dec 10 2022 - Dec 14 2022
either sex


Hunt with Dogs

*** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

Location:
Zone 1 and 2
Season Dates:
Oct 17 2022 - Oct 21 2022
either sex

*** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

Location:
Zone 2
Season Dates:
Oct 27 2022 - Nov 4 2022
either sex
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Daily limit (noon to noon) is 15. Possession limit 30.

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License needed:

  • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual* hunting license (If taken by gun or bow/arrow)
  • Day (1 or 7 day) fishing license or annual* fishing license (If taken by pole and line)
  • Fishing or Hunting license (If taken by gig or hand)

*Included in Sportsman's and Disability/SeniorLicense

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General

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
May 20 2022 - Oct 31 2022
Opens at noon
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Coyotes may be hunted year-round with no bag limit.

A person may take a coyote after daylight hours, except that:

  • (a) It shall not be allowed in a county or area where a deer or elk firearm season is open;
  • (b) A person shall not use artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night from June 1 through November 30;
  • (c) Any artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night shall not be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle;
  • (d) A person shall not use any weapon other than a shotgun on public land;
  • (e) A person shall not use any weapon other than a shotgun, or a rifle of 6.5mm Creedmoor caliber or smaller (equivalent to a .264 caliber; .223 and .243 calibers may be used) on private land from December 1 through March 31;
  • (f) A person using a shotgun shall not use a shell with a single projectile.

Hunting


Ages 16 and Older:

  • Day Hunting License (1 or 7 Day)
    - OR -
  • Annual Hunting License
    - OR -
  • Sportsman's License
    - OR -
  • Disability/Senior License

Youth (12-15):

  • Annual Youth Hunting License
    - OR -
  • Youth Sportsman's License

Younger than 12:

  • License Exempt

Trapping


Ages 16 and Older:

  • Trapping License

Youth (12-15):

  • Youth Trapping License

Younger than 12:

  • License Exempt

Additional Information



Hunting

Past Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Mar 1 2021 - Feb 28 2022
Daylight Hours Only - Open Year round

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Mar 1 2022 - Feb 28 2023
Coyotes may be hunted year-round, day or night, with no bag limit. Hunters may only use artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night from Dec. 1 – May 31. Artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night cannot be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle. Coyote hunters with valid Mobility-Impaired Access Permits or Hunting Methods Exemption Vehicle Permits may use a stationary vehicle as a hunting platform, and may use lights or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night so long as the means used are not connected to the vehicle. On public land after daylight hours, a person shall not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multipleprojectile shell. On private land after daylight hours, coyote hunters may not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multiple-projectile shell, except that from Dec. 1 – March 31 hunters may also use a rifle of 6.5mm (.264 caliber) or smaller bullet diameter; a muzzleloader of .54 caliber or less; or a shotgun shell with a single-projectile. Night hunting shall not be allowed in a county or area where a deer or elk firearm or muzzleloader season is open. Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited on Kentucky lands managed by Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge and Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, including Beaver Creek, Cane Creek, Mill Creek, Pioneer Weapons and Redbird wildlife management areas (WMAs). Hand or mouth-operated calls and electronic calls that imitate wounded prey or coyote calls are legal. It is legal to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses. Animal carcasses are considered bait. A hunter shall not place or distribute bait or otherwise participate in baiting wildlife on all WMAs, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, Land Between The Lakes and state parks open to hunting.


Night Hunting - No Lights Allowed

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Jun 1 2022 - Nov 30 2022
Coyotes may be hunted year-round, day or night, with no bag limit. Hunters may only use artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night from Dec. 1 – May 31. Artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night cannot be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle. Coyote hunters with valid Mobility-Impaired Access Permits or Hunting Methods Exemption Vehicle Permits may use a stationary vehicle as a hunting platform, and may use lights or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night so long as the means used are not connected to the vehicle. On public land after daylight hours, a person shall not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multipleprojectile shell. On private land after daylight hours, coyote hunters may not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multiple-projectile shell, except that from Dec. 1 – March 31 hunters may also use a rifle of 6.5mm (.264 caliber) or smaller bullet diameter; a muzzleloader of .54 caliber or less; or a shotgun shell with a single-projectile. Night hunting shall not be allowed in a county or area where a deer or elk firearm or muzzleloader season is open. Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited on Kentucky lands managed by Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge and Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, including Beaver Creek, Cane Creek, Mill Creek, Pioneer Weapons and Redbird wildlife management areas (WMAs). Hand or mouth-operated calls and electronic calls that imitate wounded prey or coyote calls are legal. It is legal to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses. Animal carcasses are considered bait. A hunter shall not place or distribute bait or otherwise participate in baiting wildlife on all WMAs, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, Land Between The Lakes and state parks open to hunting.


Night Hunting with Lights

Past Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Dec 1 2021 - Mar 31 2022
Modern Firearms of 6.5mm or smaller legal

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Year Round
Coyotes may be hunted year-round, day or night, with no bag limit. Hunters may only use artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night from Dec. 1 – May 31. Artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night cannot be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle. Coyote hunters with valid Mobility-Impaired Access Permits or Hunting Methods Exemption Vehicle Permits may use a stationary vehicle as a hunting platform, and may use lights or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night so long as the means used are not connected to the vehicle. On public land after daylight hours, a person shall not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multipleprojectile shell. On private land after daylight hours, coyote hunters may not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multiple-projectile shell, except that from Dec. 1 – March 31 hunters may also use a rifle of 6.5mm (.264 caliber) or smaller bullet diameter; a muzzleloader of .54 caliber or less; or a shotgun shell with a single-projectile. Night hunting shall not be allowed in a county or area where a deer or elk firearm or muzzleloader season is open. Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited on Kentucky lands managed by Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge and Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, including Beaver Creek, Cane Creek, Mill Creek, Pioneer Weapons and Redbird wildlife management areas (WMAs). Hand or mouth-operated calls and electronic calls that imitate wounded prey or coyote calls are legal. It is legal to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses. Animal carcasses are considered bait. A hunter shall not place or distribute bait or otherwise participate in baiting wildlife on all WMAs, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, Land Between The Lakes and state parks open to hunting.

Upcoming Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Dec 1 2022 - May 31 2023
Coyotes may be hunted year-round, day or night, with no bag limit. Hunters may only use artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night from Dec. 1 – May 31. Artificial light or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night cannot be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle. Coyote hunters with valid Mobility-Impaired Access Permits or Hunting Methods Exemption Vehicle Permits may use a stationary vehicle as a hunting platform, and may use lights or other means designed to make wildlife visible at night so long as the means used are not connected to the vehicle. On public land after daylight hours, a person shall not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multipleprojectile shell. On private land after daylight hours, coyote hunters may not use any equipment other than a bow, crossbow, or shotgun loaded with a multiple-projectile shell, except that from Dec. 1 – March 31 hunters may also use a rifle of 6.5mm (.264 caliber) or smaller bullet diameter; a muzzleloader of .54 caliber or less; or a shotgun shell with a single-projectile. Night hunting shall not be allowed in a county or area where a deer or elk firearm or muzzleloader season is open. Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited on Kentucky lands managed by Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge and Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, including Beaver Creek, Cane Creek, Mill Creek, Pioneer Weapons and Redbird wildlife management areas (WMAs). Hand or mouth-operated calls and electronic calls that imitate wounded prey or coyote calls are legal. It is legal to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses. Animal carcasses are considered bait. A hunter shall not place or distribute bait or otherwise participate in baiting wildlife on all WMAs, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, Land Between The Lakes and state parks open to hunting.


Trapping

Past Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 15 2021 - Feb 28 2022

Upcoming Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 2023
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License needed:


Younger than 12:

  • License exempt

 

Youth 12-15:

  • Annual youth hunting license*

                *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

Ages 16 and older:

  • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual hunting license**

                **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

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    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2022 - Nov 7 2022
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    • A hunter is limited to one (1) deer with visible antlers (excluding button bucks) per license year regardless of what zone it is taken. The one antlered deer can be taken under the statewide deer permit or the Deer Management Permit.

    • Bag limits by zone are listed below.

    • Hunters shall abide by the equipment restrictions in place for each season.


    RESTRICTIONS BY ZONE:

    Zone 1

    • Unlimited antlerless deer may be taken with the proper permits.

    Zone 2

    • A hunter may take no more than four (4) deer total.

    • All four (4) deer may be taken with any weapon.

    Zone 3

    • A hunter may take no more than four (4) deer total.

    • A hunter may take no more than one (1) antlerless deer with a firearm. Firearm means a breech or muzzle-loading rifle, shotgun or handgun .

    • All four (4) deer may be taken with archery or crossbow equipment.

    Zone 4

    • A hunter may take no more than two (2) deer total.

    • A hunter may take no more than one (1) antlerless deer.

    • Antlerless deer may be taken during the archery season, crossbow season, both youth seasons or the last three days of the December muzzleloader season.


    Archery

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 3 2022 - Jan 16 2023
    either sex


    Crossbow

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 17 2022 - Jan 16 2023
    either sex
    General crossbow season. Senior/youth crossbow season is Sept. 3, 2022 through Jan. 16, 2023. Hunters may use archery equipment during these season. Exceptions for Zone 4: Antlerless deer (does) cannot be harvested during the modern gun season Nov. 12-27, 2022; during the early muzzleloader season, Oct. 15-16, 2022; or during the first six days of muzzleloader season Dec. 10-15, 2022.


    Modern Gun

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Zone 1, 2 and 3
    Season Dates:
    Nov 12 2022 - Nov 27 2022
    either sex
    Hunters may use any method legal for deer hunting during modern firearms season, including muzzleloading firearms, archery and crossbow equipment. Blaze orange requirements for deer hunters still apply regardless of method. See Zone 4 listing for separate harvest regulations.

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Zone 4
    Season Dates:
    Nov 12 2022 - Nov 27 2022
    antlered
    Hunters may use any method legal for deer hunting during modern firearms season, including muzzleloading firearms, archery and crossbow equipment. In Zone 4, which includes much of southeastern Kentucky, hunters may not harvest antlerless deer (does) during modern gun season, regardless of hunting method.


    Muzzle-loader

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 15 2022 - Oct 16 2022
    either sex
    Either Sex: Zones 1,2, and 3. Antlered Deer only Zone 4. Early season.

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Dec 10 2022 - Dec 18 2022
    either sex
    Late muzzleloader season. In Zone 4 antlerless deer may not be taken from 12-10-22 through 12-15-22. From 12-16-22 through 12-18-22 hunters may harvest an antlerless deer. Hunters may use archery equipment or crossbows during this season. Blaze orange requirements for deer hunters still apply regardless of method.


    Youth-Free

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Dec 31 2022 - Jan 1 2023
    either sex


    Youth-Only

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 8 2022 - Oct 9 2022
    either sex
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    License and permit needed:

    Younger than 12

    • License and permit exempt

    Youth 12-15

    • Annual youth hunting license*

              *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

    Ages 16 and older

    • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual** hunting license
    • Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit**

    **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemption and requirements and Hunting Guide.

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    license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2022 - Oct 26 2022

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 24 2022 - Dec 4 2022

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Dec 24 2022 - Jan 15 2023
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    License and permit needed:

    Younger than 12

    • License and permit exempt

    Youth 12-15

    • Annual youth hunting license*

              *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

    Ages 16 and older

    • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual** hunting license
    • Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit**

    **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemption and requirements and Hunting Guide.

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    license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2022 - Nov 9 2022
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    License and permit needed:

    Younger than 12

    • License and permit exempt

    Youth 12-15

    • Annual youth hunting license*

              *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

    Ages 16 and older

    • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual** hunting license
    • Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit**
    • Federal Duck Stamp

    **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemption and requirements and Waterfowl Guide.

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    license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 16 2022 - Sep 30 2022

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 24 2022 - Feb 15 2023
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    License needed:

    Younger than 12:

    • License exempt

    Youth 12-15:

    • Annual youth hunting license*

    *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

    Ages 16 and older:

    • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual hunting license**

    **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemptions and requirements and Spring Hunting Guide.

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    license.



    Hunting

    Past Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Mar 1 2021 - Feb 28 2022
    Year Round Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Mar 1 2022 - Feb 28 2023


    Trapping

    Past Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 15 2021 - Feb 28 2022

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 2023
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    License and Permit needed:
    • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual* hunting license
                    *Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemption and requirements and Fall Hunting Guide.

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    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Aug 20 2022 - Nov 11 2022

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 2023
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    General

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2022 - Mar 30 2023
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    Bag Limits

    Four (4) birds total, either sex:

    • No more than two (2) of which may be taken with a shotgun.
    • No more than one (1) bird may have a beard length of three (3) inches or longer.
    • No more than one (1) bird may be taken per day.
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    License and permit needed:

    Younger than 12:

    • License and permit exempt

    Youth 12-15:

    • Annual youth hunting license*
    • Youth turkey permit*

            *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

    Ages 16 and older:

    • Annual hunting license**
    • Fall Turkey Permit**

    **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemptions and requirements and Fall Hunting Guide.

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    license.


    Archery

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 3 2022 - Jan 16 2023
    either sex


    Crossbow

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 1 2022 - Oct 16 2022
    either sex

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 12 2022 - Dec 31 2022
    either sex


    Shotgun

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 22 2022 - Oct 28 2022
    either sex

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Dec 3 2022 - Dec 9 2022
    either sex
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    You must fill out your HIP survey before you go hunting. Go to "My Profile" to access this survey.
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    License and permit needed:

    Younger than 12

    • License and permit exempt

    Youth 12-15

    • Annual youth hunting license*

              *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

    Ages 16 and older

    • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual** hunting license
    • Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit**

    **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemption and requirements and Hunting Guide.

    Buy your 
    license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2022 - Nov 9 2022
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    You must fill out your HIP survey before you go hunting. Go to "My Profile" to access this survey.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    License and permit needed:

    Younger than 12

    • License and permit exempt

    Youth 12-15

    • Annual youth hunting license*

              *Included in Youth Sportsman's License

    Ages 16 and older

    • Day (1 or 7 day) hunting license or annual** hunting license
    • Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit**

    **Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

    Click here for exemption and requirements and Hunting Guide.

    Buy your 
    license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 21 2022 - Oct 30 2022

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 24 2022 - Jan 29 2023

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