FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2020) – Modern gun deer season produces the majority of Kentucky’s annual deer harvest. This year, 2020, the firearms deer season opens statewide on November 14, 2020, and runs for 16 consecutive days.
Kentucky’s modern gun deer season in mid-November is designed to coincide with the peak of fall breeding, known as the rut, when deer are more active than usual.
To find out more about specific public hunting areas throughout Kentucky, visit the department’s website at fw.ky.gov.
County deer zone assignments are published in the annual Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide, available on the department’s website and wherever licenses and permits are sold. The guide also provides information about license and permit requirements, hunter education and hunter orange requirements, bag limits and legal equipment for deer hunting.
The department is hosting online webinars at no charge this fall featuring information on various deer hunting topics such as e-scouting and public land hunting. View the department’s upcoming Field to Fork webinars online at fw.ky.gov.
As a safety reminder, all hunters must wear a blaze orange hat plus a vest or jacket during firearms deer seasons. Also, hunters should always be certain of their target and what is beyond it before ever taking a shot.