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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 24 2020 - Nov 13 2020
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Nov 16 2020 - Dec 9 2020
 
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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 & Crossbow

Currently in Season

Location: Harlan, Letcher, McCreary, Bell, Zone 2 West, Zone 2 East, Wayne.
Season Dates: Oct 24 2020 - Oct 30 2020
 
Closed in Zone 3. Season will end in each zone when the quota is met. Please check the Fall Hunting Guide or the Bear page for information on zone quotas.


Chase-Only

Past Season

Location: Bell, Harlan, Letcher, West Zone 2, East Zone 2, Zone 3 and Wayne
Season Dates: Jun 1 2020 - Aug 31 2020
 
Closed in McCreary Zone. Season will end in each zone when the quota is met. Please check the Fall Hunting Guide or the Bear page for information on zone quotas.

Past Season

Location: Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Zone 2 West, Zone 2 East, Zone 3 and Wayne.
Season Dates: Sep 9 2020 - Sep 30 2020
 
Closed in McCreary Zone. Season will end in each zone when the quota is met. Please check the Fall Hunting Guide or the Bear page for information on zone quotas.


Modern Gun

Upcoming Season

Location: All Bear Zones
Season Dates: Dec 12 2020 - Dec 18 2020
 
Season will end in each zone when the quota is met. Please check the Fall Hunting Guide or the Bear page for information on zone quotas.


Quota Hunt with Dogs

Currently in Season

Location: Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Zone 2 West, Zone 2 East, Zone 3 and Wayne
Season Dates: Oct 19 2020 - Nov 1 2020
 
Any legal equipment may be used during the Quota Hunt with Dogs. Chase-Only season continues after quota is met. Please check the Fall Hunting Guide or the Bear page for information on zone quotas. Closed in McCreary Zone.
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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 15 2020 - Oct 31 2020
 
Beginning at Noon on May 15, 2020
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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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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2020 - Nov 9 2020
 
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Coyotes may be hunted year-round with no bag limit.

Coyotes may be hunted after daylight hours using lights or night-vision equipment from Feb. 1 - May 31.

Other items of note:

  • Artificial lights and night-vision equipment shall not be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle.
  • Only shotguns may be used to hunt coyotes after daylight hours.
  • Single projectiles (slugs) are prohibited at night.
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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 - year round
Season Dates: Mar 1 2020 - Feb 28 2021
 


Trapping

*** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Nov 16 2020 - Feb 28 2020
 
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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 2020 - Nov 7 2020
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Jan 4 2021 - Feb 28 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 5 2020 - Jan 18 2021
    either sex
     
    Exceptions: In Zone 4: Antlerless deer cannot be harvested during the modern gun season Nov. 14-29, 2020, during the early muzzleloader season, Oct. 17-18, 2020, or during the first six days of muzzleloader season Dec. 12-17, 2020.


    Crossbow

    Currently in Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Sep 19 2020 - Jan 18 2021
    either sex
     
    Exceptions: In Zone 4: Antlerless deer cannot be harvested during the modern gun season Nov. 14-29, 2020, during the early muzzleloader season, Oct. 17-18, 2020, or during the first six days of muzzleloader season Dec. 12-17, 2020.


    Modern Gun

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Zones 1, 2, and 3
    Season Dates: Nov 14 2020 - Nov 29 2020
    either sex
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Zone 4
    Season Dates: Nov 14 2020 - Nov 29 2020
    antlered
     


    Muzzle-loader

    Past Season

    Location: Zone 1, 2 and 3
    Season Dates: Oct 17 2020 - Oct 18 2020
    either sex
     

    Past Season

    Location: Zone 4
    Season Dates: Oct 17 2020 - Oct 18 2020
    antlered
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Zone 4
    Season Dates: Dec 12 2020 - Dec 17 2020
    antlered
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Zone 1, 2 and 3
    Season Dates: Dec 12 2020 - Dec 20 2020
    either sex
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Zone 4
    Season Dates: Dec 18 2020 - Dec 20 2020
    either sex
     


    Youth-Free

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Dec 26 2020 - Dec 27 2020
    either sex
     


    Youth-Only

    Past Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Oct 10 2020 - Oct 11 2020
    either sex
     
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    Hunting

    *** Proposed Season Date Currently in Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Sep 1 2020 - Mar 30 2021
     
    Season for small game

    *** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Nov 30 2020 - Dec 6 2020
     
    Waterfowl season: Ducks, mergansers, coots

    *** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Feb 1 2021 - Feb 15 2021
     
    Waterfowl: ducks, mergansers, coots
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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 2020 - Nov 9 2020
     
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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 - year round
    Season Dates: Mar 1 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     


    Trapping

    *** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

    Location: statewide
    Season Dates: Nov 16 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     
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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

    *** Proposed Season Date Currently in Season

    Location: statewide
    Season Dates: Oct 1 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     
    No daytime hunting allowed during modern gun season Nov. 14-29


    Trapping

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Nov 16 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     
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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

    *** Proposed Season Date Currently in Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Oct 1 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     
    No hunting allowed during daylight hours during modern gun season Nov. 14-29.


    Trapping

    *** Proposed Season Date Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Nov 16 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     
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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 15 2020 - Nov 13 2020
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Nov 16 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     


    Trapping

    Upcoming Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Nov 16 2020 - Feb 28 2021
     
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    Catch and Release

    Past Season

    Location: Swift Camp Creek
    Season Dates: Jan 1 2020 - May 31 2020
     

    Currently in Season

    Location: Designated Streams
    Season Dates: Oct 1 2020 - Mar 31 2021
     
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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

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    license.


    Archery

    Currently in Season

    Location: statewide
    Season Dates: Sep 5 2020 - Jan 18 2021
    either sex
     


    Archery & Crossbow

    Past Season

    Location: statewide
    Season Dates: Oct 1 2020 - Oct 18 2020
    either sex
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: statewide
    Season Dates: Nov 14 2020 - Dec 31 2020
    either sex
     


    Shotgun

    Currently in Season

    Location: Statewide
    Season Dates: Oct 24 2020 - Oct 30 2020
    either sex
     

    Upcoming Season

    Location: statewide
    Season Dates: Dec 5 2020 - Dec 11 2020
    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.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    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 2020 - Nov 9 2020
     

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