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BEAR ZONES

Bear Zone 1: Bell, Harlan and Letcher counties and private land in McCreary County

Bear Zone 2: Breathitt, Clay, Clinton, Floyd, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne and Whitley County

Bear 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.


Archery

Upcoming Season

Location: Bear Zones 1 & 2
Season Dates: Oct 27 2018 - Nov 2 2018
 


Chase-Only

Past Season

Location: Bear Zones 1, 2, 3
Season Dates: Aug 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
 

Currently in Season

Location: Bear Zones 1, 2, 3
Season Dates: Sep 9 2018 - Sep 30 2018
 


Crossbow

Upcoming Season

Location: Bear Zones 1 & 2
Season Dates: Oct 27 2018 - Nov 2 2018
 


Firearm

Upcoming Season

Location: Bear Zones 1 & 2
Season Dates: Dec 15 2018 - Dec 21 2018
 


Muzzle-loader

Upcoming Season

Location: Bear Zone 3
Season Dates: Dec 8 2018 - Dec 16 2018
 


Quota Hunt with Dogs

Upcoming Season

Location: Bear Zones 1, 2, & 3
Season Dates: Oct 20 2018 - Nov 2 2018
 
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General

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: May 18 2018 - Oct 31 2018
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2018 - Nov 9 2018
 
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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.


Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Year Round
 


Trapping

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Nov 12 2018 - Feb 28 2019
 


Youth-Free

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Dec 29 2018 - Jan 4 2019
 
Free Youth Hunting and Trapping
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2018 - Nov 7 2018
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Jan 4 2019 - Feb 28 2019
 
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The deer regulations for the 2018-2019 season are finalized. Items that are new this year are highlighted in blue.


  • A hunter may take up to four (4) deer with a statewide deer permit. In order to harvest more than four (4) deer, an Additional Deer Permit is required. The Additional Deer Permit allows for the take of up to two (2) deer.

  • 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.


RESTRICTIONS BY ZONE:

Zone 1

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

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

 

Zone 2

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

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

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

 

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.

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

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

 

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.

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


Archery

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2018 - Jan 21 2019
either sex
 


Crossbow

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Oct 1 2018 - Oct 21 2018
either sex
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Nov 10 2018 - Dec 31 2018
either sex
 


Modern Gun

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 4
Season Dates: Nov 10 2018 - Nov 25 2018
antlered
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 1, 2 and 3
Season Dates: Nov 10 2018 - Nov 25 2018
either sex
 


Muzzle-loader

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 1, 2, and 3
Season Dates: Oct 20 2018 - Oct 21 2018
either sex
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 4
Season Dates: Oct 20 2018 - Oct 21 2018
antlered
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 4
Season Dates: Dec 8 2018 - Dec 13 2018
antlered
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 1,2, and 3
Season Dates: Dec 8 2018 - Dec 16 2018
either sex
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 4
Season Dates: Dec 14 2018 - Dec 16 2018
either sex
 


Youth-Free

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Dec 29 2018 - Dec 30 2018
either sex
 


Youth-Only

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Oct 13 2018 - Oct 14 2018
either sex
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2018 - Oct 26 2018
 

Upcoming Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Nov 22 2018 - Dec 2 2018
 

Upcoming Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Dec 22 2018 - Jan 13 2019
 
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*Youth-only Quota Hunt may hunt any of the listed seasons


Archery

Currently in Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Sep 15 2018 - Sep 28 2018
Bull (antlered)
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Oct 13 2018 - Dec 7 2018
Bull (antlered)
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Oct 13 2018 - Dec 7 2018
Cow (antlerless)
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Dec 22 2018 - Dec 31 2018
either sex
 


Crossbow

Currently in Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Sep 22 2018 - Sep 28 2018
Bull (antlered)
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Oct 13 2018 - Dec 7 2018
either sex
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Dec 22 2018 - Dec 31 2018
either sex
 


Firearm

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Sep 29 2018 - Oct 5 2018
Bull (antlered)
 
Bull Firearm Week 1

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Oct 6 2018 - Oct 12 2018
Bull (antlered)
 
Bull Firearm Week 2

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Dec 8 2018 - Dec 14 2018
Cow (antlerless)
 
Cow Firearm Week 1

Upcoming Season

Location: Elk Zone
Season Dates: Dec 15 2018 - Dec 21 2018
Cow (antlerless)
 
Cow Firearm Week 2
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2018 - Mar 30 2019
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Sep 16 2018 - Sep 30 2018
 

Upcoming Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Nov 22 2018 - Feb 15 2019
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Mar 1 2018 - Feb 28 2019
 


Trapping

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Nov 12 2018 - Feb 28 2019
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Aug 18 2018 - Nov 9 2018
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Nov 12 2018 - Feb 28 2019
 


Trapping

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Nov 12 2018 - Feb 28 2019
 
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Hunting

Past Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Sep 20 2018 - Sep 23 2018
 
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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.


Archery

Currently in Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2018 - Jan 21 2019
either sex
 


Crossbow

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Oct 1 2018 - Oct 21 2018
either sex
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Nov 10 2018 - Dec 31 2018
either sex
 


Shotgun

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Oct 27 2018 - Nov 2 2018
either sex
 

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide
Season Dates: Dec 1 2018 - Dec 7 2018
either sex
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Sep 1 2018 - Nov 9 2018
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Jan 1 2018 - Dec 31 2018
 
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Hunting

Currently in Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Sep 19 2018 - Oct 28 2018
 

Upcoming Season

Location: statewide
Season Dates: Nov 22 2018 - Jan 27 2019
 

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