Twenty-five Kentucky Residents Drawn For Late Season Quota Cow Elk Hunt

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Twenty-five hunters from Wallins, David, Hyden, Pineville, Pikeville, Barbourville and other areas in southeastern Kentucky have a second chance to hunt elk in the state.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently drew 25 names for a late season quota hunt for cow elk. The late season begins Jan. 28 and ends Feb. 10.

"Kentucky Fish and Wildlife listened when people contacted us about ongoing problems with nuisance elk," said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. "This hunt helps reduce elk numbers in targeted areas while giving residents of the southeastern Kentucky's elk restoration zone an opportunity to put meat on the table for their families."

The late season hunt is open for cow elk only.

Those drawn for the hunt will receive notification in the mail. Hunters may also see if they were drawn by going online to the department's website at

Each hunter is randomly drawn from the pool of those who applied for the regular quota elk hunts. Hunters must reside in the 16-county elk restoration zone to be eligible for this hunt.

Only two Elk Management Units (EMUs) are open for this hunt: Knott County EMU and Stoney Fork EMU. Stoney Fork EMU includes sections of Clay, Leslie, Harlan, Bell and Knox counties. Hunters may take cow elk in either unit. Only private lands are open for this hunt. All public lands within these EMUs are closed to elk hunting. Hunters who check online can follow links to maps of these areas.

Those participating in the late season hunt must pay a $30 fee for the elk permit. Hunters must also possess an annual Kentucky hunting license.