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Special Hunts

Kentucky State Parks 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, in co-operation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, 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. Applicants will need to apply through the MyProfile link on the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website between September 1-30, 2020.  Additional information about the quota hunt opportunities can be found on pages 35-38 of the 2020-2021 Kentucky Fall Hunting Guide.

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.  

Lake Barkley State Resort Park #1
November 2-6, 2020
Slots Available:  25
Details:  Archery and crossbow.  Lodging and restaurant available.  Call the park at 270-924-1131 for more information, room rates or to reserve a room.  


Lake Barkley State Resort Park #2
January 9-10, 2021
Slots Available:  20 
Details:  Modern gun.  Limited to the first 20 hunters who reserve a slot. Lodging and restaurant available.  Call the park at 270-924-1131 for more information, room rates or to reserve a room.  


Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park #1
November 5-8, 2020
Slots Available:  20
Details:  Archery and crossbow.  Limited to the first 20 hunters who reserve a slot. Lodging and restaurant available.  Call the park at 859-289-5507 for more information, room rates or to reserve a room.  


Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park #2
November January 9-10, 2021
Slots Available:  20
Details:  Modern gun.  Limited to the first 20 hunters who reserve a slot. Lodging and restaurant available.  Call the park at 859-289-5507 for more information, room rates or to reserve a room.  


Taylorsville Lake State Park #1
November 5-8, 2020
Slots Available: 20
Details: Archery and Crossbow. Limited to the first 20 hunters that reserve a slot. Call the park at 502-477-8713 for more information. 


Taylorsville Lake State Park #2
December 5-6, 2020
Slots Available: 20
Details: Modern gun. Limited to the first 20 hunters that reserve a slot. Call the park at 502-477-8713 for more information. 


Taylorsville Lake State Park #3
January 9-10, 2021
Slots Available: 20
Details: Muzzleloader. Limited to the first 20 hunters that reserve a slot. Call the park at 502-477-8713 for more information. 


Jenny Wiley State Resort Park 
January 9-10, 2021
Slots Available: 15
Details: Mobility Impaired only, modern gun. Limited to the first 15 hunters that meet mobility impaired eligibility requirements. Lodging and restaurant available. Call the park at 606-889-1790 for more information, room rates or to reserve a room. 


Yatesville Lake State Park 
December 14-16, 2020
Slots Available: OPEN
Details: Muzzleloader, archery, crossbow. 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 the park. Sign in at the campground. Call the park at 606-673-1492 for more details.  

 

Thank you for your interest in visiting Kentucky State Parks.