Kentucky Offers Exemption Permit for Youth Hunters

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Hunters required to complete a hunter education course to legally be in the field, but who haven't had time to get their orange card, don't have to miss Kentucky's spring turkey season April 16 through May 8.

Kentucky's hunter apprentice opportunity – the Temporary Hunter Education Exemption Permit – allows a person otherwise required to carry a course completion card to use the one-time, one-year exemption instead. Hunter education is mandatory when a hunter turns 12 years old, and includes those born on or after Jan. 1, 1975.

This group, if checked by a conservation officer in the field, must have a hunter education card, or a valid exemption permit in possession when hunting any type of game anywhere other than on their own property.

It is easy to obtain a temporary exemption permit by going on-line at, the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The cost is $5. These permits are not available at license vendors.

This permit can only be obtained once in a lifetime and requires the permit holder to be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older, who meets Kentucky's hunter education law and is in a position to take immediate control of the bow or firearm. The temporary hunter education exemption permit is good for 12 months from the date of purchase.

A hunter with the exemption permit must still have any required hunting license or permit. The permit is not valid on military installations or in other states.

Kentucky has a million acres of public land available for hunting. Maps of these areas are available on the department's website.