Hunters interested in entering the 2018 Kentucky elk hunt drawing have until midnight (EST) April 30 to purchase applications. Hunters can apply online at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFW) website.
“Our herd is strong and healthy,” said Gabe Jenkins, KDFW deer and elk program coordinator. “However, the herd dynamics have changed in recent years. Hunters will have to work to be successful and time spent scouting will greatly increase chances for success.”
KDFW will issue 700 general quota hunt permits and 10 youth permits through a random computer drawing conducted in early May. Results will be available to applicants on the department’s website May 15.
Kentucky residents and non-residents are eligible to apply for four permit types but can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10.
Sixty-four percent of bull elk hunters using a gun last year enjoyed a successful hunt and 48 percent of hunters utilizing archery equipment successfully harvested a bull. The success rate for cow archery hunters was 28 percent last year and 47 percent among hunters using a firearm for cow elk.
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(Photo source: Tina Thornseberry)