Kentucky doesn’t have an abundance of public hunting land (roughly five percent of the state is publicly owned) but it does have a variety of access options including excellent fishing options along river systems.

Boatwright Wildlife Management Area

• 8,389 acres

• Abundant wetlands afford good waterfowl hunting

• Oxbow lakes offer fishing opportunities

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area

• 107,594 acres

• Excellent deer, turkey and small game hunting

• Fishing opportunities on creaks, rivers, and lakes

Clay Wildlife Management Area

• 6,900 acres

• Boat ramps provide access to Licking River

• Deer and turkey hunting opportunities

Pioneer Weapons Wildlife Management Area

• 7,700 acres in southeast Kansas

• Vast timbered areas (95 percent forested)

• Only bow, crossbow and muzzleloader hunting permitted

Daniel Boone National Forest

• 708,000 acres

• Spread across 21 counties

• Good deer, turkey and small-game hunting opportunities

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Daniel Boone National Forest

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