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 Type Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Bull Sep. 16,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Cow Oct. 14,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Crossbow Bull Sep. 23,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Cow Oct. 14,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Firearm Bull Sep. 30,2017 Oct. 13,2017
Cow Dec. 9,2017 Dec. 22,2017

Deer

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Sep. 2,2017 Jan. 15,2018
Crossbow Oct. 1,2017 Oct. 22,2017
Nov. 11,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Modern Gun Nov. 11,2017 Nov. 26,2017
Muzzle-Loader Oct. 21,2017 Oct. 22,2017
Dec. 9,2017 Dec. 17,2017
Youth-Free Dec. 30,2017 Dec. 31,2018
Youth-Only Oct. 14,2017 Oct. 15,2017

Turkey-Fall

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Sep. 2,2017 Jan. 15,2018
Crossbow Oct. 1,2017 Oct. 22,2017
Nov. 11,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Shotgun Oct. 28,2017 Nov. 3,2017
Dec. 2,2017 Dec. 8,2017

Bobcat

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 25,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

American Woodcock

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Oct. 28,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Dec. 13,2017

Bear

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Aug. 1,2017 Aug. 31,2017
Sep. 9,2017 Sep. 30,2017
Crossbow Oct. 28,2017 Nov. 3,2017
Firearm Dec. 16,2017 Dec. 22,2017
Muzzle-Loader Dec. 9,2017 Dec. 17,2017
Quota Hunt with Dogs Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 3,2017

Beaver

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Bullfrog

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

Coot

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 23,2017 Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 4,2017 Jan. 28,2018

Coyote

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting March 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Dove

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 1,2017 Oct. 26,2017
Nov. 23,2017 Dec. 3,2017
Dec. 23,2017 Jan. 14,2018

Duck

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 23,2017 Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 4,2017 Jan. 28,2018

Falconry

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 1,2017 March 30,2018
Nov. 23,2017 Feb. 15,2018

Fox-Gray

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Fox-Red

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Gallinules

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 1,2017 Nov. 9,2017

Goose-Canada

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 16,2017 Sep. 30,2017
Nov. 23,2017 Feb. 15,2018
Dec. 16,2017 Jan. 31,2018

Goose-Snow Ross

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 23,2017 Feb. 15,2018

Goose-White-Fronted & Brant

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 23,2017 Feb. 15,2018

Groundhog

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting March 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Grouse

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 1,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Merganser

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 23,2017 Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 4,2017 Jan. 28,2018

Muskrat

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Opossum

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Oct. 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Quail

Hunt Type Zone Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Eastern Zone Nov. 1,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017 Jan. 31,2018
Western Zone Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 10,2018

Rabbit

Hunt Type Zone Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Eastern Zone Nov. 1,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017 Jan. 31,2018
Western Zone Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 10,2018

Raccoon

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Oct. 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

River Otter

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Sandhill Crane

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Dec. 16,2017 Jan. 14,2018

Squirrel-Fall

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Aug. 19,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Striped Skunk

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov.13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Teal Duck Only

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 16,2017 Sep. 24,2017

Trout Fishing

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Catch and Release Oct. 1,2017 March 31,2018

Turkey-Fall

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Sep. 2,2017 Jan. 15,2018
Crossbow Oct. 1,2017 Oct. 22,2017
Nov. 11,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Shotgun Oct. 28,2017 Nov. 3,2017
Dec. 2,2017 Dec. 8,2017

Virginia & Sora Rail

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 1,2017 Nov. 9,2017

Weasel

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Trapping Nov. 13,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Wild Pig

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting March 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018

Common Snipe

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 20,2017 Oct. 29,2017
Nov. 23,2017 Jan. 28,2018

Wood Duck & Teal

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Sep. 16,2017 Sep. 20,2017

Youth Waterfowl Season

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Hunting Nov. 4,2017 Nov. 5,2017
Feb. 3,2018 Feb. 4,2018