KDFWR Now Selling Kentucky Hunting and Fishing Licenses for 2024-25 License Year – NKyTribune

KDFWR Now Selling Kentucky Hunting and Fishing Licenses for 2024-25 License Year – NKyTribune

Licenses and permits for fishing, hunting and trapping in Kentucky in the upcoming licensing year are on sale now. The Commonwealth offers some of the best outdoor opportunities available anywhere.

The 2024-2025 licensing year begins on March 1 and continues until February 28 of next year. License and permit fees for Kentucky residents and non-residents are unchanged for the 2023-2024 licensing year. Both years of the license are available simultaneously through February 29, for those who hike in late February.

In Kentucky, a license covers basic hunting or hunting of several species, while additional state permits are required when pursuing other species, such as trout hunting or hunting migratory birds, deer, wild turkey or black bear. Sportsman licenses include multiple permits in addition to basic hunting and fishing privileges.

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The newest licensing option is a lifetime resident athlete license priced at $180. It includes hunting and fishing licenses as well as permits for trout, deer, spring and fall turkey, migratory game birds and waterfowl. It is available to Kentucky residents age 65 and older, who can purchase it once and then download or reprint an electronic copy each year to view their current license year.

Kentucky seniors still have the option to purchase an annual Senior Athlete’s License which provides the same licenses and permits valid for a year at a price of $12. Resident hunters should consider getting a 3-year hunting license for added convenience and value at just $55.

Also new in the 2024-2025 license year are options for resident and non-resident bear hunters. The following permits have been added outside the country:

• Young Bear Permit (non-resident) – $100
• Bear Hunt Permit (non-resident) – $50
• Youth Bear Hunt Permit (non-resident) – $15

Residents also have a bear stalking permit and a bear hunting permit added for $50. This is a savings of $10 if purchased separately. Collection permit is not available to non-residents.

Licenses and permits are sold online through the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website’s license sales portal and can be searched off the home page at fw.ky.gov. Licenses and permits are also sold at dealer locations throughout the state. A list of licensing agents by county is available on the department’s website. The department receives its primary funding through revenues raised from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, as well as federal excise taxes generated from the sale of firearms, recreational ammunition, archery equipment and hunting equipment.

Springtime offers many opportunities to take someone new into the field. Youth turkey weekend is April 6-7, while main turkey season begins a week later, on April 13. The Youth Sportsman’s License, available to residents ages 12 to 15, is a great value at $30 and covers turkey hunting and deer hunting.

Warm weather also provides great fishing throughout the state. Learn about these opportunities in our fishing and boating guide. The 2024-2025 guide will be available on the agency’s website on March 1.

Another great resource is the Fish Boat KY app. Available for free on iTunes and Google Play, the app helps anglers find bodies of water, boat ramps and other water access from the palm of their hands. Users can also search by fish species, store copies of their licenses and more using the smartphone app.

To learn all the basics of hunting and fishing, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has many resources for individuals new to the sport. For in-person classes, search for Hook and Cook or Field to Fork on the website. Classes are offered throughout the state to provide learning opportunities for all ages.

Kentucky is the nation’s premier deer hunting destination and maintains the largest elk herd east of the Rocky Mountains. Anglers from all over the central United States come to Kentucky to fish its waters, including the state’s famous trout fishery in the Cumberland River and crappie fisheries in Kentucky and Barkley lakes.

For more information about hunting and fishing opportunities in Kentucky, visit the department’s website at fw.ky.gov. For questions, please call 1-800-858-1549, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week, excluding holidays.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

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