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Deer Hunting Seasons & Limits

Deer Hunting Seasons & Limits

  • A hunter is limited to one (1) deer with visible antlers (excluding button bucks) per license year regardless of what zone it is taken. The one antlered deer can be taken under the statewide deer permit or the Deer Management Permit.
  • Bag limits by zone are listed below.
  • Hunters shall abide by the equipment restrictions in place for each season.
Deer Hunting Zones

RESTRICTIONS BY ZONE:

Zone 1

  • Unlimited antlerless deer may be taken with the proper permits.

Zone 2

  • A hunter may take no more than four (4) deer total.
  • All four (4) deer may be taken with any weapon.

Zone 3

  • A hunter may take no more than four (4) deer total.
  • A hunter may take no more than one (1) antlerless deer with a firearm. Firearm means a breech or muzzle-loading rifle, shotgun or handgun .
  • All four (4) deer may be taken with archery or crossbow equipment.

Zone 4

  • A hunter may take no more than two (2) deer total.
  • A hunter may take no more than one (1) antlerless deer.
  • Antlerless deer may be taken during the archery season, crossbow season, both youth seasons or the last three days of the December muzzleloader season.

Archery

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Sep 4 2021 - Jan 17 2022

Either Sex

Crossbow

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Sep 18 2021 - Jan 17 2022

Either Sex

General crossbow season. Senior/youth crossbow season is Sept. 4, 2021 through Jan. 17, 2022. Hunters may use archery equipment during these season. Exceptions for Zone 4: Antlerless deer (does) cannot be harvested during the modern gun season Nov. 13-28, 2021; during the early muzzleloader season, Oct. 16-17, 2021; or during the first six days of muzzleloader season Dec. 11-16, 2021.

Modern Gun

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 1, 2, and 3

Season Dates: Nov 13 2021 - Nov 28 2021

Either Sex

Hunters may use any method legal for deer hunting during modern firearms season, including muzzleloading firearms, archery and crossbow equipment. Blaze orange requirements for deer hunters still apply regardless of method. See Zone 4 listing for separate harvest regulations.

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 4

Season Dates: Nov 13 2021 - Nov 28 2021

Antlered

Hunters may use any method legal for deer hunting during modern firearms season, including muzzleloading firearms, archery and crossbow equipment. In Zone 4, which includes much of southeastern Kentucky, hunters may not harvest antlerless deer (does) during modern gun season, regardless of hunting method.

Muzzle-loader

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Oct 16 2021 - Oct 17 2021

Either Sex

Either Sex: Zones 1,2, and 3. Antlered Deer only Zone 4. Early season.

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 1, 2, and 3

Season Dates: Dec 11 2021 - Dec 19 2021

Either Sex

Late muzzleloading firearms season. Hunters may use crossbows or archery equipment during this season. Deer hunters must wear blaze orange regardless of method used. See Zone 4 listing for separate harvest regulations.

Upcoming Season

Location: Zone 4

Season Dates: Dec 11 2021 - Dec 19 2021

Either Sex

Late muzzleloader season. In Zone 4 antlerless deer may not be taken from 12-11-21 through 12-16-21. From 12-17-21 through 12-19-21 hunters may harvest an antlerless deer. Hunters may use archery equipment or crossbows during this season. Blaze orange requirements for deer hunters still apply regardless of method.

Youth-Free

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Jan 1 2022 - Jan 2 2022

Either Sex

Youth-Only

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Oct 9 2021 - Oct 10 2021

Either Sex

Youth hunters may use modern guns, muzzleloaders, archery equipment or crossbows during this season. Youth deer hunters must wear blaze orange regardless of hunting method.