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Kentucky Deer Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Kentucky Deer Hunting Regulations, Dates, and Seasonal Restrictions

Antlered Deer Limitation

  • A hunter may harvest only one antlered deer (excluding button bucks) per license year. This can be taken using either the statewide deer permit or the Deer Management Permit.

Zone-Specific Bag Limits

Zone 1

  • Antlerless Deer: Unlimited harvest allowed with the correct permits.

Zone 2

  • Total Deer Limit: Up to four (4) deer.
  • Method: All deer can be taken using any legal weapon.

Zone 3

  • Total Deer Limit: Up to four (4) deer.
  • Antlerless Deer: Restricted to one (1) when using a firearm.
  • Methods: All deer may be taken with archery or crossbow equipment.

Zone 4

  • Total Deer Limit: Up to two (2) deer.
  • Antlerless Deer: Restricted to one (1) during specified seasons with archery, crossbow equipment, both youth seasons, or during the last three days of the December muzzleloader season.

Equipment Restrictions

Hunters must comply with equipment restrictions for each deer season segment.

For detailed exemptions, requirements, and license renewals or purchases, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources license page or refer to the current Hunting Guide.

Deer Hunting Season Details

Archery Season

  • Statewide Season Dates: September 2, 2023 - January 15, 2024.

Crossbow Season

  • Statewide Season Dates: September 16, 2023 - January 15, 2024.
  • Exceptions for Zone 4:
    • No harvest of antlerless deer during the modern gun, early muzzleloader season, and the first six days of the December muzzleloader season.

Modern Gun Season for Zones 1, 2, and 3

  • Season Dates: November 11, 2023 - November 26, 2023.
  • Method: Hunters may use any deer-legal method, including blaze orange requirements for safety.

Modern Gun Season for Zone 4

  • Season Dates: November 11, 2023 - November 26, 2023.
  • Restrictions: Antlerless harvest is prohibited. Hunters may harvest only antlered deer.

Muzzleloader Season

  • Statewide Season Dates: October 21, 2023 - October 22, 2023, and December 9, 2023 - December 17, 2023.
  • Zone 4 Restrictions: Antlerless are prohibited from December 9-14, 2023; however, from December 15-17, 2023, antlerless harvest is permitted.

Youth Hunting Seasons

  • Statewide Season Dates: October 14, 2023 - October 15, 2023 (past), and December 30, 2023 - December 31, 2023 (upcoming).

All hunters should consult with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources for changes or updates in regulations or seasons.

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