Temporary Hunter Education Exemption
The temporary hunter education exemption permit allows a person to hunt for one year without first completing a hunter
education course. The permit will be available online for free (for a limited time) and is available to both Kentucky
residents and nonresidents.
Kentucky’s hunter education law requires all license-required hunters born on or after January 1, 1975, to pass a hunter
education course and carry the course completion card when hunting. However, hunters who have the new permit will be
exempt from this law for one year from the date issued.
The permit is available only one time. Once it expires, hunters are no longer exempt and must successfully
complete a hunter education course.
Hunters who carry the permit must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult hunter at least 18 years old who meets
the hunter education requirement. The adult must remain in a position to take immediate control of the exempted
hunter’s bow or firearm while hunting. Adult supervision is also required for all hunters under the age of 10,
and for all firearm deer, elk and turkey hunters 15 and younger.