FRANKFORT — Applicants for the 2016 Kentucky quota elk hunt may now visit the “My Profile” tab at fw.ky.gov to view the results from the 2016-17 season permit drawing.
Kentucky will issue 900 general and 10 youth quota elk hunting permits.
The independent drawing, to determine the winners and the type of permit to be issued, was conducted by Commonwealth Office of Technology. This year, 34,280 people from as far away as Hawaii and Alaska submitted 74,953 applications for the hunt.
Those drawn for an elk hunt will receive a notification letter in the mail. Hunters are responsible for finding their hunting location. Successful applicants have until midnight (ET) July 1 to apply for a limited entry area.
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 Levisa Fork Limited Entry Area in Pike County has been designated an Active Restoration Area and will be closed to elk hunting this year.
Kentucky, which supports the biggest elk herd east of the Rocky Mountains, opened a season for elk in 2001.