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Western Kentucky Hunting

Kentucky’s growing deer herd and turkey flock mean this season will be one of the best years ever to go hunting in the state. Kentucky has 1.6 million acres of land open to the public for hunting — so you don’t have to own a farm to enjoy a day afield. Kentucky has one of the country’s highest concentrations of trophy deer in the country.

Modern gun season for deer opens in November, while archery season begins in September and runs through January. Kentucky also has spring and fall seasons for turkey. Some of the best hunting in the state is found on public land. Several of these areas are managed under a quota hunt system open to both resident and non-resident hunters. You can apply for many of the quota hunts during the month of September by calling 877-598-2401. Kentucky offers more than just deer and turkey. For small game and waterfowl hunters, Kentucky offers hunting opportunities for quail, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, dove, ducks, geese and more. Hunting licenses are available at many sporting goods stores.


Land Between The Lakes offers more than 230 days of hunting opportunities throughout the year. Six days of spring quota hunts for turkeys (February application required) and 14 days of open season yield a consistently good opportunity. Deer may be hunted during a 115-day fall archery season and three fall quota hunts (July application required), including a youth hunt for hunters 10-15 years old. Hunters will also find opportunities for small game and waterfowl . For more info call 270-924-2065 or 800-LBL-7077

Public Wildlife Areas: Most of the public wildlife areas are owned by various agencies of the state and federal government. Click here for maps of the wildlife management areas. Many have special regulations on hunting/fishing or require special permits. Contact before going.





Reelfoot Lake 2,043 Fulton (731) 538-2481 Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Obion Creek 4.258 Hickman, Fulton, Carlisle (270) 488-3233 Yes       Yes  
Doug Travis 4,132 Hickman, Carlisle (270) 488-3233 Yes          
Winford 258 Carlisle (270) 224-2244 Yes       Yes  
Boatwright 8,839 Ballard, Carlisle (270) 224-2244 Yes Yes     Yes  
Coil Estate WMA 795 Carlisle (270) 224-2244 Yes         Yes
Ballard WMA 8,015 Ballard (270) 224-2244 Yes       Yes Yes
West Kentucky WMA 6,560 McCracken (270) 488-3233 Yes       Yes Yes
Ohio River Islands 1,264 Livingston (270) 753-6913 Yes          
Kaler Bottoms 1,852 Graves (270) 753-6913 Yes     Yes    
Clarks River, National WMA 8,265 Marshall, Graves,
(270) 527-5770 Yes       Yes Yes
Kentucky Lake WMA 4,044 Calloway, Marshall (270) 753-6913 Yes Yes     Yes  
Beechy Creek WMA 119 Calloway (270) 753-6913 Yes          
Land Between the Lakes 107,000 Trigg, Lyon (270) 924-2065 Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Lake Barkley WMA 907 Trigg, Lyon, Livingston (270) 953-6913 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fort Campbell 36,113 Christian, Trigg (270) 798-2175 Yes       Yes  
Pennyrile State Forest 14,724 Christian (270) 753-6913 Yes     Yes Yes Yes
Tradewater WMA 729 Hopkins-Christian 270) 753-6913 Yes         Yes
Jones-Keeny WMA 1,999 Caldwell (270) 753-6913 Yes   Yes      
Lake Barkley State Park 2,186 Trigg (800) 858-1549 Yes
(Deer only in December)
Livingston Co WMA 1,898 Livingston (270) 753-6913 Yes          

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