DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Kentucky, hunting licenses visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources page.
WHAT ARE THE KENTUCKY TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be logged and tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer, elk, bear, and turkey, as well as some fur-bearing animals including bobcat and otter. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Harvest Log Requirements
Harvest log requirements apply to hunters who have successfully taken any deer, elk, turkey bear, bobcat, or otter. All successful hunters of these game animals must fill out a harvest log immediately after the animal is taken, before the carcass may be transported.
The harvest log will be located on the back of the paper license or permit obtained to hunt the animal. The hunter must complete the harvest log by marking the box for the species taken and filling in the date, county, and sex of the animal.
Once the harvest log is complete, the hunter will need to obtain a telecheck confirmation number by calling 1-800-245-4263 and reporting their harvest, or using the online Telecheck system. Once the animal has been properly checked, the telecheck confirmation number must be noted on the harvest log.
If a hunter plans to transfer possession of a taken deer, elk, turkey, bear, bobcat or otter, the carcass must be tagged. Tags within the state of Kentucky must be hand-made and filled out with the hunter’s name, phone number and telecheck confirmation number before possession may be transferred to another person.