Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes 2016-2017 deer season dates

Posted by Bruce Carroll on December 20, 2015 in Uncategorized, State News ; Kentucky

Deer hunters are always wanting to know what is going on within their state regarding the deer season date, bag limits, and more.  Here is what we have found for the upcoming deer season in Kentucky.   On December 4th, 2015 the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the dates of the 2016-2017 deer seasons, changes to deer zones.  The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

The Commission members proposed deer zone changes for Hardin, Webster and Marion counties. They also recommended modifying deer hunting regulations on four wildlife management areas (WMAs).

2016-2017 deer season dates (no changes from last season, dates only reflect calendar shift)

All zones:

Archery: Sept. 3, 2016 – Jan. 16, 2017, either sex

Crossbow: Oct. 1 – Oct. 16; Nov. 12 – Dec. 31, 2016, either sex

Early Youth Weekend: Oct. 8 – 9, 2016, either sex

Early Muzzleloader:

Zones 1, 2 and 3: Oct. 15 – 16, 2016, either sex

Zone 4: antlered only

Modern Firearms:

Zones 1 and 2: Nov. 12 – Nov. 27, 2016, either sex

Zone 3: Nov. 12 – Nov. 21, 2016, either sex

Zone 4: Nov. 12 – Nov. 21, 2016, antlered only

Late Muzzleloader: statewide: Dec. 10 – Dec. 18, 2016

Zone 4: Dec. 10 – Dec. 18, 2016, antlered only

Dec. 16 – Dec. 18, 2016, either sex

Late Youth Weekend: Dec. 31, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017, either sex

Bag limits remain the same as last season.

In other deer-related business, the commission recommended a few zone changes. Hardin and Webster counties change from Zone 2 to Zone 1 while Marion County moves from Zone 3 to Zone 2.

They also proposed several changes to deer hunting on some public lands. These changes will be effective for the 2016-2017 deer seasons:

  • Open Knobs State Forest and WMA in Bullitt County for the youth firearms deer season.
  • Open Grayson Lake WMA in Carter and Elliott counties for the late muzzleloader season under statewide regulations.
  • Remove the one deer per season bag limit on Higginson-Henry WMA in Union County and place the area under statewide bag limits.
  • On Big Rivers State Forest and WMA in Union and Crittenden counties, create an archery/crossbow only quota hunt from the Monday following the October youth deer weekend through Nov. 30 and close the area to all deer hunting except quota hunts during this period.
  •  Allow drawn hunters on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife quota hunts to bring one assistant with them on the hunt. The assistant must check in and check out with the drawn quota hunter.

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