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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

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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Oct 23 2021 - Nov 12 2021

Upcoming Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 15 2021 - Dec 8 2021
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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.

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License and Permit needed:

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

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Archery

Currently in Season

Location:
All Bear Zones, Except Zone 3. No Archery in Bear Zone 3
Season Dates:
Oct 23 2021 - Oct 29 2021
either sex


Chase-Only

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zones
Season Dates:
Jun 1 2021 - Aug 31 2021
either sex

Past Season

Location:
Bear Zones
Season Dates:
Sep 9 2021 - Sep 30 2021
either sex


Firearm

Upcoming Season

Location:
Bear Zones
Season Dates:
Dec 11 2021 - Dec 17 2021
either sex


Quota Hunt with Dogs

Currently in Season

Location:
All Bear Zones, except McCreary Zone. Quota with dogs season closed in McCreary Zone
Season Dates:
Oct 18 2021 - Oct 31 2021
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 21 2021 - Oct 31 2021
Opens at noon on 5/21/2021
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License needed:

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

*Included in Sportsman's and Disability/SeniorLicense

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license


Hunting

Currently in Season

Location:
East and West Zones
Season Dates:
Sep 1 2021 - Nov 9 2021
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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

Currently in Season

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


Night Hunting - No Lights Allowed

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Jun 1 2021 - Nov 30 2021


Night Hunting with Lights

Upcoming Season

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


Trapping

Upcoming Season

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

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    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2021 - Nov 7 2021
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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 4 2021 - Jan 17 2022
    either sex


    Crossbow

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 18 2021 - Jan 17 2022
    either sex
    General crossbow season. Senior/youth crossbow season is Sept. 4, 2021 through Jan. 17, 2022. Hunters may use archery equipment during these season. Exceptions for Zone 4: Antlerless deer (does) cannot be harvested during the modern gun season Nov. 13-28, 2021; during the early muzzleloader season, Oct. 16-17, 2021; or during the first six days of muzzleloader season Dec. 11-16, 2021.


    Modern Gun

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Zone 1, 2, and 3
    Season Dates:
    Nov 13 2021 - Nov 28 2021
    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 13 2021 - Nov 28 2021
    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

    Past Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 16 2021 - Oct 17 2021
    either sex
    Either Sex: Zones 1,2, and 3. Antlered Deer only Zone 4. Early season.

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Zone 1, 2, and 3
    Season Dates:
    Dec 11 2021 - Dec 19 2021
    either sex
    Late muzzleloading firearms season. Hunters may use crossbows or archery equipment during this season. Deer hunters must wear blaze orange regardless of method used. See Zone 4 listing for separate harvest regulations.

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Zone 4
    Season Dates:
    Dec 11 2021 - Dec 19 2021
    either sex
    Late muzzleloader season. In Zone 4 antlerless deer may not be taken from 12-11-21 through 12-16-21. From 12-17-21 through 12-19-21 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:
    Jan 1 2022 - Jan 2 2022
    either sex


    Youth-Only

    Past Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 9 2021 - Oct 10 2021
    either sex
    Youth hunters may use modern guns, muzzleloaders, archery equipment or crossbows during this season. Youth deer hunters must wear blaze orange regardless of hunting method.
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    Falconry

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2021 - Mar 30 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**

    **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 2021 - Nov 9 2021
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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

    Currently in Season

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


    Trapping

    Upcoming Season

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


    Hunting:

    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

     

    Trapping:

    Younger than 12:

    • License exempt

    Youth 12-15:

    • Youth trapping license

    Ages 16 and older:

    • Trapping license


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    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 1 2021 - Feb 28 2022


    Trapping

    Upcoming Season

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


    Hunting:

    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


    Trapping:

    Younger than 12:

    • License exempt

    Youth 12-15:

    • Youth trapping license

    Ages 16 and older:

    • Trapping license


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    license.



    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 1 2021 - Feb 28 2022


    Trapping

    Upcoming Season

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

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    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Aug 21 2021 - Nov 12 2021

    Upcoming Season

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


    Trapping

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 15 2021 - Jan 31 2022
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    Catch and Release

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Trout Streams, except Swift Camp Creek
    Season Dates:
    Oct 1 2021 - Mar 31 2022

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Swift Camp Creek
    Season Dates:
    Oct 1 2021 - May 31 2022
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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 4 2021 - Jan 17 2022
    either sex


    Crossbow

    Past Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 1 2021 - Oct 17 2021
    either sex

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 13 2021 - Dec 31 2021
    either sex


    Shotgun

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 23 2021 - Oct 29 2021
    either sex

    Upcoming Season

    Location:
    statewide
    Season Dates:
    Dec 4 2021 - Dec 10 2021
    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.

    Buy your 
    license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Sep 1 2021 - Nov 9 2021

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