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Hunting Season Dates

2019-20 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, Webster, Todd, Muhlenburg, McLean, Henderson and Union counties.

Kentucky's Zone 1 Deer Hunting Season

Modern Gun:  November 9-24, 2019
Archery:  September 7, 2019 through January 20, 2020
Crossbow:  October 1, 2018 through October 20, 2019;  November 9, 2019 through December 31, 2019
Muzzleloader: October 19-20, 2019; December 14-22, 2019
Youth-Only Firearms:  October 12-13, 2019
Free Youth Weekend:  December 28-29, 2019

Kentucky's 2019-20 Statewide Turkey Hunting Season

Fall Archery:  September 7, 2019 through January 20, 2020
Fall Crossbow:
  October 1 - October 20, 2019 and November 9 through December 31, 2019
Fall Shotgun: 
October 26 - November 1, 2019 and December 7 through December 13, 2019

Bag Limits & Restrictions

Download the 2018-2019 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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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

September and October marks prime rutting season for elk. Elk rut to defend their territory and females (known as cows).