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Hunting in Kentucky: 5 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 02:09 PM

When hunting in Kentucky, it is important to respect the wishes of private landowners, just like in any other state. The Bluegrass State may be home to many national forests and state parks, but much land is under private ownership and the law is strict on trespassing when trapping, tracking, or retrieving.

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During the Kentucky hunting seasons there are over 80 Wildlife Management Areas open to licence holders to enjoy the sport of wild animal hunting, but all such areas will border land that is privately owned. Before heading out on a hunting expedition always check if there is any private land in the area and what your hunting rights are regarding it. Whether you are in Kentucky's beautiful mountains, fishing in the many lakes or trapping in the magnificent forests it is vital to remember that not every acre is in public ownership, and you should always take care to avoid private lands when hunting in Kentucky.

Here are five things to know about hunting on private lands in Kentucky:
  1. Permission to Hunt - The Department of Wildlife advises that it is illegal to hunt, tap, shoot or fish on privately owned land in Kentucky without the express permission of the property owner. A landowner or tenant can give permission for hunting on private property, as can a person authorized for granting permission, like an agent or gamekeeper. This permission may be oral or written but has to be acquired before entering privately owned property.
  2. Railroad Land and Rights of Way - The Department of Wildlife wants hunters to be aware that railroad tracks and other rights-of-way are deemed under private ownership and permission must be granted for all hunting and access.
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  4. Retrieving Shot Animals - It is not legal to retrieve shot animals from land that is privately owned. Though the animal may have been shot while on publicly owned land permission must be asked from the landowner before entering the private property.
  5. Retrieval of Dogs - Hunting dogs that stray onto private lands have to stay there until permission is given by an authorized person for the retrieval of them. Keeping dogs under control at all times will help with this problem as will staying clear of the boundaries between private and state-owned land.
  6. Prosecution - You are liable to prosecution for trespassing on private land in Kentucky, and a hunter should always steer clear of such property whenever possible.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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When hunting in Kentucky, it is important to respect the wishes of private landowners, just like in any other state. The Bluegrass State may be home to many national forests and state parks, but much land is under private ownership.
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