Kentucky Bow hunting Season,Regulations and license fees

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Kentucky Bow hunting Season,Regulations and license fees

Kentucky which is also known as the “Bluegrass State” is famous for its horse racing and bourbon but the state is also oozing with hunting opportunities. Animals like deer, bears, elk, and turkeys are a common sight in these magnificent forests, rolling open fields, and stunning mountains.

Kentucky is also home to the largest elk herd along the eastern side of the Mississippi River. Almost a million white-tailed deer are roaming around these regions of the state. Apart from that, black bear hunting opportunities are also expanding along with a variety of smaller game, like squirrels, rabbits, quail, and grouse. 

The state also offers hunting of migratory birds including doves, ducks, sandhill cranes, etc. Wild turkeys are also hunted throughout the state in abundance. 

Kentucky Bowhunting Season

Bowhunting Category Months
Deer (Archery, Youth, and Senior Crossbow) Sept. 4-Jan. 17
Elk (Archery/Crossbow) Sept. 11-24 and Dec. 4-10
Turkey (Fall Archery) Sept. 4-Jan. 17
Bear (Archery) Oct. 23-29

License Fee In Kentucky

 

Category License Type Fee
Annual Hunting Resident $27
Annual Hunting Nonresident $150
1-Day Hunting (not valid for deer, elk, turkey, or bear) Resident  $7
1-Day Hunting (not valid for deer, elk, turkey, or bear) Nonresident $25
7-Day Hunting (not valid for deer, elk, turkey, or bear) Nonresident $65
Annual Youth Hunting (ages 12-15 only) Resident $6
Annual Youth Hunting (ages 12-15 only) Nonresident $10

Total Area And Regulations For Hunting By the State

Kentucky has a total of 89 wildlife management areas that cover 521,228 acres of land in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The state is quite lenient when it comes to bowhunting and there are no strict rules and regulations or any size restrictions on the bow that you are using for the hunt.

Fun Facts About Bow Hunting In the State

Did you know that the three Kentucky counties allow a hunter (having all significant permits) to take a bear, an elk, and a deer all on the same day?

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