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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

Past Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Oct 22 2022 - Nov 11 2022

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 14 2022 - Dec 7 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


Click here for exemptions and requirements and Fall Hunting Guide.

Buy your license.


Hunting

Currently in Season

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


Trapping

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 2023
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Bag Limit is 5; no more than 3 of which shall be taken with a gun.

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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


Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

Buy your license.


Hunting

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 19 2022 - Feb 28 2023
Bobcat hunters must carry a valid hunting license (unless license exempt) and a valid bobcat hunting permit while hunting. Bobcat permits are free. Permits are available online at fw.ky.gov in the license purchase section. Hunters and trappers are asked to submit jaws of all harvested bobcats for population studies. Bobcat age will be provided to the harvester. A hunter or trapper who submits lower jaws from all their harvested bobcats in a single season to the department may receive one (1) additional bobcat to the bag limit for the following season for every two animals harvested. Jaw samples from all harvested bobcats must be received by the department by March 15 per instructions provided to qualify for the increased bag limit. Increased bag limits are non-transferable. Hunters and trappers must confirm an increased bag limit for the following season online through MyProfile at fw.ky.gov.


Trapping

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 2023
Bobcat hunters must carry a valid hunting license (unless license exempt) and a valid bobcat hunting permit while hunting. Bobcat permits are free. Permits are available online at fw.ky.gov in the license purchase section. Hunters and trappers are asked to submit jaws of all harvested bobcats for population studies. Bobcat age will be provided to the harvester. A hunter or trapper who submits lower jaws from all their harvested bobcats in a single season to the department may receive one (1) additional bobcat to the bag limit for the following season for every two animals harvested. Jaw samples from all harvested bobcats must be received by the department by March 15 per instructions provided to qualify for the increased bag limit. Increased bag limits are non-transferable. Hunters and trappers must confirm an increased bag limit for the following season online through MyProfile at fw.ky.gov.
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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

Currently in Season

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

Past 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.

Past 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

Past 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

Past 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.

Buy your 
license.


Hunting

Past Season

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

Currently in 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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*Youth-only Quota Hunt may hunt any of the listed seasons


Archery & Crossbow

Past Season

Location:
Elk Zone
Season Dates:
Sep 10 2022 - Sep 23 2022
either sex

Upcoming Season

Location:
Elk Zone
Season Dates:
Dec 3 2022 - Dec 9 2022
either sex


Firearm

Past Season

Location:
Elk Zone
Season Dates:
Sep 24 2022 - Sep 28 2022
Bull (antlered)
Bull hunt 1

Past Season

Location:
Elk Zone
Season Dates:
Oct 1 2022 - Oct 5 2022
Bull (antlered)
Bull Hunt 2

Currently in Season

Location:
Elk Zone
Season Dates:
Nov 26 2022 - Nov 30 2022
Cow (antlerless)
Cow Hunt 1

Upcoming Season

Location:
Elk Zone
Season Dates:
Dec 31 2022 - Jan 4 2023
Cow (antlerless)
Cow Hunt 2
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 28 2022 - Dec 6 2022

Upcoming Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Feb 1 2023 - Feb 15 2023
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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

Past Season

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

Currently in Season

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


Trapping

Past Season

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

Currently in Season

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


Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

Buy your license.


Hunting

Currently in Season

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


Trapping

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 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**
  • 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

Past Season

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

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 24 2022 - Feb 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**
  • Federal Duck Stamp

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

Click here for exemption and requirements and Waterfowl Guide.

Buy your 
license.


Hunting

Currently in 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

Currently in Season

Location:
Statewide
Season Dates:
Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 2023
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*In Grouse Zone only. Grouse hunting is also allowed on Pennyrile State Forest, Tradewater WMA and Ft. Knox during the month of December, except during quota deer hunts.

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.

    Buy your license.



    Hunting

    Past Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Nov 1 2022 - Nov 11 2022

    Currently in Season

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


    Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

    Buy your license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

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


    Trapping

    Currently in Season

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


    Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

    Buy your license.


    Hunting

    Past Season

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

    Currently in Season

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


    Trapping

    Past Season

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

    Currently in Season

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


    Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

    Buy your license.


    Hunting

    Currently in Season

    Location:
    Statewide
    Season Dates:
    Oct 1 2022 - Feb 28 2023
    Hunting not allowed during daylight hours during modern gun deer season.


    Trapping

    Currently in 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.

      Buy your license.


      Hunting

      Past Season

      Location:
      Eastern Zone
      Season Dates:
      Nov 1 2022 - Nov 11 2022

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Eastern Zone
      Season Dates:
      Nov 14 2022 - Jan 31 2023

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Western Zone
      Season Dates:
      Nov 14 2022 - Feb 10 2023
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      Rabbit trapping permitted only when rabbit hunting season is open in each zone. Quail may not be trapped.

      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


      Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

      Buy your license.


      Hunting

      Past Season

      Location:
      Eastern Zone
      Season Dates:
      Nov 1 2022 - Nov 11 2022

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Western Zone
      Season Dates:
      Nov 14 2022 - Feb 10 2023

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Eastern Zone
      Season Dates:
      Nov 14 2022 - Jan 31 2023
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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


      Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

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      license.



      Hunting

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Statewide
      Season Dates:
      Oct 1 2022 - Feb 28 2023
      Hunting not allowed during day light hours during modern gun deer season


      Trapping

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Statewide
      Season Dates:
      Nov 14 2022 - Feb 28 2023
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      Bag Limit is 10; only 6 of which can be taken from Otter Zone 2.

      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


      Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

      Buy your license.


      Hunting

      Currently in Season

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


      Trapping

      Currently in 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.

      Buy your license.


      Hunting

      Past Season

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

      Currently in Season

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


      Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

      Buy your license.


      Hunting

      Currently in Season

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


      Trapping

      Currently in 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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      Catch and Release

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Trout Stream except Swift Camp Creek
      Season Dates:
      Oct 1 2022 - Mar 31 2023

      Currently in Season

      Location:
      Swift Camp Creek
      Season Dates:
      Oct 1 2022 - May 31 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.

      Buy your 
      license.


      Archery

      Currently in Season

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


      Crossbow

      Past Season

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

      Currently in Season

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


      Shotgun

      Past 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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      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


      Click here for exemptions and requirements and Hunting Guide.

      Buy your license.


      Hunting

      Currently in Season

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


      Trapping

      Currently in Season

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

      Past Season

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

      Currently in Season

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

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