FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2019) — Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky in the coming license year are on sale now. The 2019-2020 license year starts March 1.
License and permit fees for Kentucky residents for the 2019-2020 license year are unchanged from the 2018-19 license year. Prices on some options for non-residents have changed.
Annual fishing license, $55
One-day fishing license, $15
Seven-day fishing license, $35
Annual hunting license, $150
Statewide deer permit, $185
Spring turkey permit, $85
Fall turkey permit, $85
One-day hunting license, $25
Seven-day hunting license, $65
Youth elk permit, $200
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed new prices for these non-resident licenses and permits at its March 2018 meeting.
Periodic fee updates are necessary to keep pace with inflation and maintain the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ financial stability into the future. The department receives its primary funding through revenue raised by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The department also receives federal excise taxes generated by hunting, fishing and shooting equipment and ammunition sales.
In another change for the 2019-2020 license year, the 15-day, non-resident fishing license has been eliminated. Fewer than 1,000 people each year were purchasing this license.
Licenses and permits are sold online through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website (fw.ky.gov). Licenses are also available at vendor locations across the state. A list of license agents by county is available on the department’s website.
Kentucky is a top destination nationally for trophy deer. Anglers from throughout the central United States come to Kentucky to fish its waters, including the state’s renowned trout fishery in the Cumberland River and the crappie fishery in Kentucky and Barkley lakes.
For more information about hunting and fishing opportunities in Kentucky, visit the department website at fw.ky.gov.