1,000 applicants will be randomly drawn in early May to hunt the largest elk herd east of the Rocky Mountains this fall. Hunters must apply online by April 30th 2014 (midnight Eastern time) to enter the drawing for 2014 Kentucky elk hunt. Entries are only $10 each.
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Kentucky offers a variety of elk hunting opportunities, with seasons spanning September through December. Applicants may apply for 1 or 2 of the 4 permit types: firearm bull, archery bull, firearm cow, and archery cow. Crossbows may be used with archery permits during designated timeframes. Those age 15 and under may also apply for special youth, bull/cow permits.
Elk hunter success is about 70% in Kentucky. The number of permits available has steadily increased since the hunt’s inception in 2001, beginning with just 12 permits. Those drawn to hunt must purchase a current annual hunting license plus an elk permit. Hunters may bring along as many helpers as desired. Last year’s odds of being drawn and more details are posted at fw.ky.gov.
The elk hunt is held in 16 southeastern counties that occupy 4.2 million acres—an area larger than Yellowstone National Park. There are over a half-million acres of public land in the elk hunt area, along with abundant private land. Private guide/outfitter services are also available.