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How do I enter the drawing for an Elk Permit?

For the 2017-18 elk season, applications for the elk permit drawing go on sale starting January 1, 2017 from the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department's website.  Only individuals may purchase an elk application, not a group of hunters.  Applications cost $10 each and you are allowed to submit one application for each of the four permit types, i.e. bull elk with a firearm, bull archery or crossbow, cow with a firearm, and cow archery or crossbow. However, you can only be drawn for one hunting permit.  Hunters drawn for an elk quota hunt will be blocked from re-applying for three years. The deadline for submitting your applications is April 30, 2017.  Proposed changes to elk hunting rules for the 2017-18 season can be found in a News Release.


What are my chances of getting drawn?

For the 2017-18 elk season, the number of elk quota hunter permits are proposed to be reduced from 910 to 710 with the reductions coming from the cow elk archery and cow elk firearms permits. Based on a Sole Adventure Hunting Kentucky Elk article, the overall odds during the 2014 season of a non-resident being drawn was about 1 in 685.  The odds improved if you went for a cow with a bow but decreased even more for a bull with a gun. You have to be very lucky.


How do I find out if I was drawn?

Once all the applications have been processed, a computer drawing is done that randomly selects the hunters for the different types of permits. You can then check to see if you were drawn by going to the Elk Drawing Lookup page of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department's website.