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Special Hunts

As part of a wildlife management plan to sustain healthy wildlife populations, balanced ecosystems and reduced destruction of natural resources, the Kentucky Department of Parks allows a limited number of deer hunts at select parks. 

Many deer populations have grown to unacceptable levels at state parks. Deer may begin to exhibit signs of starvation and disease, with lower birth rates, lower overall size and weight, and more vehicle collisions. Because of this, the Kentucky State Parks permit limited deer hunts.

Quota Hunts

Hunters may apply for state park quota hunts through the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Apply online at www.fw.ky.gov or by calling 1-877-598-2401 from Sept. 1-30. Excluding the Green River State Park hunt, all hunters must sign in at the park prior to hunting, either on the day before the hunt between noon to 8 p.m. local time or the days of the hunt between 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m EST.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park #1 
December 9-10, 2017
Slots Available: 40
Details: Youth only, modern gun. Sign in at the lodge front desk. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (270) 433-7431 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. 


Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park #2
January 6-7, 2018
Slots Available: 50
Details: Modern gun. Sign in at the lodge front desk. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (270) 433-7431 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. 


Greenbo Lake State Resort Park #1
November 3-5, 2017
Slots Available: 40
Details: Modern gun. Lodging and restaurant available. Sign in at the campground booth. Call the park at (606) 473-7324 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. 


Greenbo Lake State Resort Park #2
November 10-12, 2017
Slots Available: 40
Details: Modern gun. Sign in at the campground booth. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (606) 473-7324 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. 


Greenbo Lake State Resort Park #3
January 9-10, 2018
Slots Available: 90
Details: Modern gun. Sign in at the campground booth. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (606) 473-7324 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. 


Green River Lake State Park
#1
December 7-10, 2017
Slots Available: 55
Details: Archery and crossbow only. No sign in required. Call the park at (270) 465-8255 for more information.


Green River Lake State Park #2
December 14-17, 2017
Slots Available: 55
Details: Archery and crossbow only. No sign in required. Call the park at (270) 465-8255 for more information.


Kenlake State Resort Park

November 9-12, 2017
Slots Available: 20
Details: Archery and Crossbow only. Sign in at the lodge front desk. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (270) 474-2211 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. 


Kincaid Lake State Park #1
December 14-17, 2017
Slots Available: 10
Details: Archery and Crossbow only. Sign in at the kiosk outside the ranger office. Call the park at (859) 654-3531 for more information.


Kincaid Lake State Park #2
December 21-24, 2017
Slots Available: 10
Details: Archery and Crossbow only. Sign in at the kiosk outside the ranger office. Call the park at (859) 654-3531 for more information.


Lake Barkley State Resort Park 
January 9-10, 2018
Slots Available: 75
Details: Modern gun. Sign in at the lodge front desk. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (270) 924-1131 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. 

Other State Park Deer Hunts

Hunters may apply for the following hunts through the Kentucky Department of Parks. Slots are available on a first come, first served or drawn basis; see below or call each park for more details. All hunters must sign in at the park prior to hunting on the day before the hunt between noon – 8 p.m. local time (special sign in time for the Jenny Wiley hunt, see below). Excluding the hunts at John James Audubon, Yatesville, Jenny Wiley State Park, and My Old Kentucky Home, hunters may also sign in on any day of the hunt between the hours of 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m EST.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
January 6-7, 2018
Slots Available: 20
Details: Modern gun. Limited to the first 20 hunters that reserve a slot. Interested parties may call the park beginning December 11th to reserve a slot. Sign in at the lodge front desk. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (859) 289-5507 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. Room blocks will be released when all slots are filled or at 1 week prior to the hunt.


Carter Caves State Resort Park
December 4-10, 2017
Slots Available: 20
Details: Archery and Crossbow only. Antlerless deer only. Limited to the first 20 hunters that reserve a slot. Interested parties may call the park beginning Monday, November 6th to reserve a slot.  Sign in at the lodge front desk. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at (606) 286-4411 for more information, room rates, or to reserve a room. Room blocks will be released when all slots are filled or at 1 week prior to the hunt. 


John James Audubon State Park
December 2-4, 2017
Slots Available: 6
Details: Modern gun. Limited to the first 6 hunters that are randomly drawn by the Department of Parks. This hunt includes an overnight stay in one of the park cottages. Interested parties may call the park between the dates of November 6-7 to register their name for a chance to be drawn. Drawn hunters will be announced on each park’s Facebook page on November 9th. Drawn hunters will be notified following the drawing. Sign in at the park office front desk. Call the park at (270) 826-2247 for more information and for cottage rates. 


My Old Kentucky Home State Park
December 11-14, 2017        *UPDATED HUNT DATES*
Slots Available: 20
Details: Archery and Crossbow only. Limited to the first 20 hunters that are randomly drawn by the Department of Parks. SPECIAL HUNTING HOURS – hunting will be allowed for drawn parties from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset on December 11 and 12 (Monday and Tuesday). Hunting will be allowed for drawn parties from 30 minutes before sunrise to noon on December 13 and 14 (Wednesday and Thursday). Hunters must sign out at the pro shop BY NOON on December 13 and 14.  Interested parties may call the park between the dates of November 6-7 to register their name for a chance to be drawn. Drawn hunters will be announced on each park’s Facebook page on November 9th.  Drawn hunters will be notified following the drawing. Sign in at the golf pro shop. Call the park at (502) 348-3502 for more information. 


Yatesville Lake State Park
December 11-13, 2017
Slots Available: OPEN
Details: Archery, Crossbow, and Muzzleloader only. This hunt is open to the public with no restriction on number of hunters allowed (similar to an open WMA hunt, hunters are responsible for managing their own numbers while on park). Sign in at the campground. Call the park at (606) 673-1492 for more details. 


Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
January 6-7, 2018
Slots Available: 15
Details: Mobility Impaired only, modern gun. Limited to the first 15 hunters that meet mobility impaired eligibility requirements and that sign in at the park ranger station between the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. the day before the hunt.