Proposed Changes to KY Crossbow Season and How You Can Help

On January 14, the Dept of Fish and Wildlife Resources formally submitted the regulation changes to the crossbow deer hunting season that were approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in June 2018. This change would expand the current crossbow season to begin on the 3rd Saturday in September and run continuously through the 3rd Monday in January. 

While this change is does not bring crossbow season into full alignment with the current archery season (which begins the 1st Saturday in September), Kentucky Crossbow Federation views this proposed change as a major positive step for crossbow hunters in our state with a significant gain of additional crossbow hunting days.

Another change included in the proposal would allow youth to hunt from the 1st Saturday in September through the 3rd Monday in January (same as the now regulation for a crossbow hunter age 65 or older).

You can view the entire document with proposed changes at

Next Steps – Action Required

We are asking that all KCF members and all who support crossbow hunting do one of the following things:

Submit your written comments by mail, fax, or e-mail in SUPPORT of these changes to KDFWR by February 28, 2019 to:

Mark Cramer
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Arnold L. Mitchell Building
#1 Sportsman’s Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
FAX: (502) 564-0506

Public Comment Hearing

You can attend the public comment hearing in person on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:00am EST at the Dept of Fish and Wildlife Resources in the Commission Room of the Arnold L. Mitchell Building, #1 Sportsman’s Lane in Frankfort. You should contact the Dept no later than February 15 to let them know you plan to attend. You can use the contact info listed above for Mark Cramer to give your notice, as well as the phone number (502) 564-3400.

Crossbow hunting in Kentucky on a Fall day.

Call to Action

On Friday, March 23 at 8:30am EST, the KY Dept of Fish and Wildlife Commission Board will consider expanding the KY crossbow season to be the same as archery. There are several ways you can help:

1) Contact your Commission Director before 3/23 and express support. Find your county’s director at

2) Attend the Commission Board meeting on 3/23 at KDFWR Headquarters in Frankfort.

3) Download and print our Call to Action flyer to hand out to your friends, family, and co-workers.

4) Join Kentucky Crossbow Federation

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