Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources News Results of the Kentucky quota elk hunt drawing now available to applicants online

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 15, 2015  
Contact Information:  Dave Baker
1-800-858-1549 ext. 4454

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Applicants for the 2015 Kentucky quota elk hunt may now go online to see if they were drawn.

This year, 34,001 people from as far away as Hawaii submitted 70,348 applications for the hunt. Kentucky, which supports the biggest elk herd east of the Mississippi River, opened a season for elk in 2001.

The Commonwealth Office of Technology recently performed an independent drawing to determine the winners and the type of permit to be issued. The Commonwealth Office of Technology provided the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources with the names of the successful applicants.

Kentucky will issue 900 general and 10 youth quota elk hunting permits for the 2015-16 season. Applicants should go online to the department’s website at and click onto the My Profile tab to see if they were drawn.

Those drawn for an elk hunt will receive an information packet from the department with useful information specific to elk hunting in Kentucky. Hunters are responsible for finding their hunting location.

Hunting areas are divided into an at-large area and four Limited Entry Areas (LEAs). When drawn, all hunters are assigned to the at-large area. Hunters who wish to apply for one of the Limited Entry Areas have until July 3 to do so.

Limited Entry Areas were created in regions with relatively large blocks of public access. These areas are designed to prevent overharvest of elk from land accessible to the public by limiting the number of hunters. Limited Entry Areas are not trophy management zones, and should not be considered better hunting opportunities because of their different status.

Hunters have a variety of resources available on the department’s website to help them decide where to go, including previous harvest results for each county and tract of public land. Since not all public lands have elk, hunters should look up elk harvest results from previous years to help guide their decision on where to apply.

The department also encourages drawn hunters to thoroughly research potential hunting spots by talking to someone who has hunted elk in Kentucky, visiting the area to scout and interviewing some of Kentucky's licensed elk guides.  

Hunters should note that Fishtrap Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Pike County has been designated as Active Restoration Areas and will be off-limits to elk hunting this year.