Kentucky Hunting Seasons, 2014-2015

Bag game large and small during Kentucky’s hunting seasons. From deer to bear, elk and small game, hunters will find variety in the state’s woods.

Hunting licenses and permits are required for particular game. These can be purchased easily online, for both residents and nonresidents. Permits can also be purchased from a license agent or through the phone. License and permit rates vary based on season, residency, age and special designations.

Kentucky offers two methods – by telephone or through the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website – for checking in harvested game. Elk, turkey, bear, bobcat and river otters must all be checked in, through any method, after bagging. Because time limits for check-in vary by animal, be sure to visit the Fish and Wildlife Resources website for additional information.

Statewide, the 2014-2015 hunting season runs from July 2014 to February 2015.


Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 5-Jan. 18
Muzzleloader Oct. 18-19, Dec. 13-21, Dec. 19-21 in select region
Firearms Nov. 14-23, extends through Nov. 29 in
Zones 1 and 2
Youth Hunt, Firearms Oct. 11-12
Free Youth Hunt Weekend Dec. 27-28

Elk Seasons

Archery, Bulls Only Sept. 20-Jan. 20
Archery, Cows Only Oct. 18-Jan. 19
Firearms, Bulls Only Oct. 4-10, Oct. 11-17
Firearms, Cows Only Dec. 13-19, Dec. 20-26
Crossbow, Bull & Cow Oct. 18-19, Nov. 8-Dec. 31

*Permits are required for elk hunting. 1,000 permits will be issued for the 2013-2014 hunting season.

Bear Seasons

Archery/Crossbow Nov. 22-Nov. 30
Firearms Dec. 13-15
Hunts With Dogs Dec. 22-26 or until full quota


Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey, Archery Sept. 6-Jan. 19
Fall Turkey, Firearms Oct. 25-Oct. 31, Dec. 6-12
Fall Turkey, Crossbow Oct. 1-19, Nov. 8-Dec. 31


Small Game Seasons

Squirrel Aug. 16-Feb. 28
Crow Sept. 1-Nov. 7, Jan. 4-Feb. 28
Groundhog Open Season
Wild Pig Open Season except in select regions
Grouse Nov. 1-7, Nov. 10-Feb. 28 in select regions
Rabbit Nov. 1-7 and Nov. 10-Feb. 10 in select regions
Quail Nov. 1-7 and Nov. 10-Feb. 10 in select regions

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Kentucky hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources website.