Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Kentucky.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Kentucky Depart. of Fish and Wildlife. 

Elk

Hunt TypeTypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
ArcheryBullSep. 16,2017Dec. 31,2017
CowOct. 14,2017Dec. 31,2017
CrossbowBullSep. 23,2017Dec. 31,2017
CowOct. 14,2017Dec. 31,2017
FirearmBullSep. 30,2017Oct. 13,2017
CowDec. 9,2017Dec. 22,2017

Deer

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
ArcherySep. 2,2017Jan. 15,2018
CrossbowOct. 1,2017Oct. 22,2017
Nov. 11,2017Dec. 31,2017
Modern GunNov. 11,2017Nov. 26,2017
Muzzle-LoaderOct. 21,2017Oct. 22,2017
Dec. 9,2017Dec. 17,2017
Youth-FreeDec. 30,2017Dec. 31,2018
Youth-OnlyOct. 14,2017Oct. 15,2017

Turkey-Fall

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
ArcherySep. 2,2017Jan. 15,2018
CrossbowOct. 1,2017Oct. 22,2017
Nov. 11,2017Dec. 31,2017
ShotgunOct. 28,2017Nov. 3,2017
Dec. 2,2017Dec. 8,2017

Bobcat

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 25,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

American Woodcock

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingOct. 28,2017Nov. 10,2017
TrappingNov. 13,2017Dec. 13,2017

Bear

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
ArcheryAug. 1,2017Aug. 31,2017
Sep. 9,2017Sep. 30,2017
CrossbowOct. 28,2017Nov. 3,2017
FirearmDec. 16,2017Dec. 22,2017
Muzzle-LoaderDec. 9,2017Dec. 17,2017
Quota Hunt with DogsOct. 21,2017Nov. 3,2017

Beaver

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Bullfrog

Earliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
May 19,2017Oct. 31,2017

Coot

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 23,2017Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 4,2017Jan. 28,2018

Coyote

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingMarch 1,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Dove

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 1,2017Oct. 26,2017
Nov. 23,2017Dec. 3,2017
Dec. 23,2017Jan. 14,2018

Duck

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 23,2017Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 4,2017Jan. 28,2018

Falconry

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 1,2017March 30,2018
Nov. 23,2017Feb. 15,2018

Fox-Gray

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Fox-Red

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Gallinules

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 1,2017Nov. 9,2017

Goose-Canada

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 16,2017Sep. 30,2017
Nov. 23,2017Feb. 15,2018
Dec. 16,2017Jan. 31,2018

Goose-Snow Ross

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 23,2017Feb. 15,2018

Goose-White-Fronted & Brant

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 23,2017Feb. 15,2018

Groundhog

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingMarch 1,2017Feb. 28,2018

Grouse

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 1,2017Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Merganser

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 23,2017Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 4,2017Jan. 28,2018

Muskrat

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Opossum

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingOct. 1,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Quail

Hunt TypeZoneEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingEastern ZoneNov. 1,2017Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017Jan. 31,2018
Western ZoneNov. 13,2017Feb. 10,2018

Rabbit

Hunt TypeZoneEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingEastern ZoneNov. 1,2017Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017Jan. 31,2018
Western ZoneNov. 13,2017Feb. 10,2018

Raccoon

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingOct. 1,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

River Otter

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Sandhill Crane

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingDec. 16,2017Jan. 14,2018

Squirrel-Fall

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingAug. 19,2017Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Striped Skunk

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov.13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Teal Duck Only

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 16,2017Sep. 24,2017

Trout Fishing

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Catch and ReleaseOct. 1,2017March 31,2018

Turkey-Fall

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
ArcherySep. 2,2017Jan. 15,2018
CrossbowOct. 1,2017Oct. 22,2017
Nov. 11,2017Dec. 31,2017
ShotgunOct. 28,2017Nov. 3,2017
Dec. 2,2017Dec. 8,2017

Virginia & Sora Rail

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 1,2017Nov. 9,2017

Weasel

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018
TrappingNov. 13,2017Feb. 28,2018

Wild Pig

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingMarch 1,2017Feb. 28,2018

Common Snipe

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 20,2017Oct. 29,2017
Nov. 23,2017Jan. 28,2018

Wood Duck & Teal

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingSep. 16,2017Sep. 20,2017

Youth Waterfowl Season

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
HuntingNov. 4,2017Nov. 5,2017
Feb. 3,2018Feb. 4,2018