Kentucky Hunting Regulations and Dates for Various Game

Falconry in Kentucky

Season Information for Falconry

  • Statewide Season Dates: September 1, 2023 - March 30, 2024.

Fox-Gray and Red Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Fox-Gray:

  • Hunting and Trapping Season Dates: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024.
  • Time Restrictions: One-half hour before sunrise during the season.

Fox-Red:

  • Hunting and Trapping Season Dates: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024.
  • Time Restrictions: Begin one-half hour before sunrise during the season.

Licensing Requirements for Fox Hunting and Trapping:

  • Under 12 Years: Exempt from licensing.
  • Youth (12-15): Require an annual youth hunting license and trapping license
  • 16 Years and Older: A day (1 or 7-day) or annual hunting license; standard trapping license is needed for trappers.

Licenses for youths are included in the Youth Sportsman's License. For adults, licenses are part of the Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License packages.

Licensing Information and Guide Access

For full details regarding both species, check the current Kentucky Hunting Guide or visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources license page to purchase or renew licenses.

Gallinules Hunting in Kentucky

HIP Survey Requirement

  • Important: Before hunting, complete the HIP survey accessible through "My Profile" on the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources website.

License and Permit Requirements for Gallinules:

  • Under 12 Years: No license or permit required.
  • Youth (12-15): Need an annual youth hunting license.
  • 16 Years and Older: Require a day (1 or 7-day) or annual hunting license and a Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit.

Licensing for gallinule hunting within age-specific categories follows the same structure as for the above-mentioned fox species.

Groundhog Hunting and Trapping

  • Season: Year-round hunting; trapping from November 13, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
  • License Requirements: Vary by age and include annual or day hunting licenses; younger than 12 are license-exempt.

Grouse Hunting

  • Location: Grouse Zone, specific areas during December.
  • Season: November 1, 2023 - February 29, 2024.

Merganser Hunting

  • HIP Survey: Required for hunting.
  • Season: November 23, 2023 - January 31, 2024.

Mink Hunting and Trapping

  • Season: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024.

Muskrat Hunting and Trapping

  • Season: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024.

Opossum Hunting and Trapping

  • Hunting Season: October 1, 2023 - February 29, 2024 (daylight hunting not allowed during modern gun deer season).

Quail Hunting

  • Season: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024, for Western Zone and until January 31, 2024, for Eastern Zone.

Rabbit Hunting and Trapping

  • Hunting Season: November 13, 2023 - February 10, 2024, for Western Zone and until January 31, 2024, for Eastern Zone.

Raccoon Hunting and Trapping

  • Hunting Season: October 1, 2023 - February 29, 2024 (daylight hunting not allowed during modern gun deer season).

Rail (Virginia & Sora) Hunting

  • HIP Survey: Required for hunting.
  • Season: September 1, 2023 - November 9, 2023.

River Otter Hunting and Trapping

  • Bag Limit: 10 otters total; maximum of 6 from Otter Zone 2.
  • Season: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024.

Rough Fish Gigging, Snagging, Tickling, and Noodling

  • Seasons: Specific to activity; please consult Kentucky Fishing and Boating Guide for details.

Sandhill Crane Hunting

  • HIP Survey: Required for hunting.
  • Sandhill Crane Permit: Mandatory.
  • Season: December 7, 2023 - January 31, 2024.

Snipe Hunting

  • HIP Survey: Required for hunting.
  • Season: September 20, 2023 - January 28, 2024.

Squirrel Fall and Spring Hunting

  • Fall Season: August 19, 2023 - February 29, 2024.
  • Spring Season: May 20, 2023 - June 16, 2023.

Striped Skunk Hunting and Trapping

  • Season: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024.

Falconry

  • Season: September 1, 2023 - March 30, 2024.

Teal - Early Season

  • HIP Survey: Required for hunting.
  • License: A range of licenses is required based on age and disability.

Weasel Season Dates and Licensing

  • Season: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024, for both hunting and trapping.
  • Time: One-half hour before sunrise within the season dates.

Licensing for Hunters and Trappers

  • Under 12 Years: No license required.
  • Youth 12-15 Years: Annual youth hunting license and youth trapping license are mandatory.
  • 16 Years and Older: Day (1 or 7-day) or annual hunting license; trapping license for trappers.

Licenses are integrated within the Youth Sportsman's License for youths and within the Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License for adults.

Wood Duck - Early Season Information

  • HIP Survey: Mandated for all hunters.
  • Season: September 16, 2023 - September 20, 2023.

Woodcock Hunting Season and Requirements

  • HIP Survey: Completion required before hunting.
  • Season: October 28, 2023 - December 13, 2023.

Special Youth Hunting Seasons

Youth Small Game and Trapping

  • Season: December 30, 2023 - January 5, 2024.

Youth Waterfowl

  • Past Season: November 18, 2023.
  • Upcoming Season: February 10, 2024.

For more detailed information on seasons, exemptions, requirements, or to renew or purchase licenses, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources license page or refer to the current Hunting or Waterfowl Hunting Guide as appropriate.

Deer Hunting Season and Permits

Kentucky offers a variety of deer hunting seasons, each with specific dates and permit requirements. The Archery Season runs from September 2, 2023, to January 15, 2024, while the Crossbow Season extends from September 16, 2023, to January 15, 2024. Hunters can acquire additional deer permits, which are subject to regulations like age and disability considerations. For example, those 65 and older or disabled can access senior disabled permits. The state also defines distinct categories such as "antlered deer" and "antlerless deer," with the latter included in the resident sportsman license.

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