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Hunting Season Dates

2017-18 Kentucky Hunting Season Dates

Note:  The following dates are for Kentucky's Zone 1 only.  Zone 1 includes all the counties surrounding Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley to the Mississippi River, as well as Crittenden, Caldwell, Christian, Hopkins and Webster counties.

Kentucky's Zone 1 Deer Hunting Season

Modern Gun:  November 11-26, 2017 (either sex)
Archery:  September 2, 2017 through January 15, 2018 (either sex)
Crossbow:  October 1, 2017 through October 22, 2017;  November 11, 2017 through December 31, 2017 (either sex)
Muzzleloader: October 21-22, 2017 (either sex)
Youth-Only Firearms:  October 14-15, 2017 (either sex)
Free Youth Weekend:  December 30-31, 2017 (either sex)

Kentucky's 2017-18 Statewide Turkey Hunting Season

Fall Archery:  September 2, 2017 through January 15, 2018
Fall Crossbow:
  October 1 - October 22, 2017 and November 11 through December 31, 2017
Fall Shotgun: 
October 28 - November 3, 2017 and December 2 through December 8, 2017

Bag Limits & Restrictions

Download the 2017-2018 Kentucky Hunting Guide for detailed information on deer quotas and bag limits for Kentucky.  If you are interested in hunting in Land Between The Lakes, make sure you check out their special quota hunt.

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