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January 18, 2023
Kentucky is known for many things: Its lush natural landscapes, abundant streams, and of course, its long-lasting hunting seasons spanning different types of game. Kentucky is a prime hunting destination if you want to hunt for small or big game like quail, rabbit, deer, elk, bear, and turkey, whether with a rifle, bow, or muzzleloader.
But first thing first: You need the proper permits and meet the local license requirements. Aspiring hunters can purchase harvest permits and licenses at various locations across the state or online at the state’s license sales website. Licenses for both Kentucky residents and non-residents are available, but the fees vary according to residency, hunting seasons, bag limits, and zones.
If you’re one of the thousands of people who get out on the field every fall, here’s a thorough rundown of Kentucky hunting seasons and their respective dates.
In some hunting zones in Kentucky, there are limits on the number of hunters, the gear they can carry, and the quantity of bags.
However, these limitations change depending on the species of wildlife hunted and the zone of the hunting area. Depending on the equipment you use and the game you choose to hunt, different seasons have different dates.
*Only one deer with visible antlers may be harvested statewide per hunting license year, no matter the zone or method.
As with every state, there are specific rules unique to Kentucky. The last thing you want is to get caught in a bind, so keep these regulations in mind the next time you set out:
There’s nothing more exciting than planning your upcoming season location for a great hunt. But when setting out in Kentucky, there are a few things to remember when you’ve bagged game:
If you have questions, visit the Kentucky Department of Wildlife resources on the Kentucky Fish & Wildlife website for more details, as check-in times differ depending on the animal.
**Disclaimer: Season dates may vary across the state and by county. For specific dates in your part of Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Division of Wildlife Resources website.
Deer hunting requires substantial planning before you walk out into the woods: You must be sure of the appropriate hunting dates, adhere to the proper regulations, like your annual hunting license, and follow best practices for hunting safety, such as wearing the appropriate amount of visible blaze orange if hunting during firearm season.
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Mike Slinkard is a life long bow hunter, professional archer, successful entrepreneur, and self described science geek from the rural town of John Day Oregon. Mike has spent his life in close proximity to all types of animals. His grandfather was a well known cattle and horse rancher who first instilled Mike’s keen interest in animals and why they react the way they do in different situations. Mike’s insatiable curiosity in this realm led him to team with other professionals to make the HECS discovery in 2009. Mike has hunted all over the world and has taken over 30 species with archery gear including 48 elk to date. Mike currently hosts “Hunting with HECS TV” on the Pursuit Channel. He has also written many bow hunting and archery articles as well as being a guest on many different hunting podcasts.