Turkey Hunting in Kentucky



250,000 to 400,000

Wild Turkey Population


Number of Licenses Sold Annually


Annual hunting license, $27; spring turkey permit, $30; or sportsman’s license, $95 (adult resident, youth, senior or disabled).

Cost of Resident License and Permit


Annual hunting license, $150; spring turkey permit, $85.

Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Kentucky has secured a reputation as a premier turkey hunting destination, and rightfully so. 

The state offers mountainous big-timber hunting in the east, rolling pasture and farm country in the heart of the state and river-bottom birds to the far west. And if you like to explore, you can find quality turkey hunting in every region.

Athough 95% of the state is privately owned, there are some good wildlife management areas and public spots where you can turkey hunt, including Land Between the Lakes in the west and Daniel Boone National Forest in the east.

Hunters took 26,862 turkeys during the 2022 spring hunt, down about 8 percent from the previous year.

Turkey Hunting in Kentucky (c) Ted Randle Jolly photo

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