The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has just released their official brochure for season hunting dates and regulations. The guide can be found wherever hunting licenses are sold or by going to fw.ky.gov.
For those making plans or scheduling vacations, I’ve listed, not all, but the most popular species that are hunted in the state.
Deer and turkey archery dates: Sept. 4 through Jan. 17
Crossbow for deer: Sept. 18 through Jan. 17
Youth firearm for deer: Oct. 9-10
Muzzleloader rifle for deer: Oct. 16-17, Dec. 11-19
Modern gun for deer: Nov. 13-28
Bear: archery/crossbow: Oct. 23-29. Firearm: Dec. 11-17
Dove: Sept. 1 through Oct. 26, Nov. 25 through Dec. 5, Dec. 18 through Jan. 9
Sandhill crane: Dec. 7 through Jan. 31
Early teal & wood duck: Sept. 18-22, Teal only: Sept. 23-26
September goose: Sept. 16-30
Duck: Nov. 25-28, Dec. 7 through Jan. 31
Canadian goose: Nov. 25 through Feb. 15
Fall wild turkey shotgun: Oct. 23-29, Dec. 4-10
Wild turkey crossbow: Oct. 1-17, Nov. 13 through Dec. 31
Bobcat: Nov. 27 through Feb. 28
Squirrel: Aug. 21 through Nov. 12, Nov. 15 through Feb. 28
Rabbit and quail: Nov. 1-12, Nov. 15 through Jan. 3
Another note on the guide, it lists Boone and Crockett bucks each year from those hunters who submit them. Of those who sent in their buck, Sam Woolsey is No. 8 with his buck taken in Hardin County. Woolsey’s buck scored 173 6/8. Sam and I both have hunted this buck for three years. Traveler is the name I gave him, because he would travel from Sam’s property to my property, over three quarters of a mile as the crow flies.
Pond stocking fish is available Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hardin County Mill. A variety of fish is available for a fee. For more info, call 270-765-2225.