(Sept. 11, 2019) – A privately held area in Breathitt County totaling more than 7,000 acres is no longer part of a public hunting access program administered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Hunting access area agreements are the outgrowth of the department’s efforts to work with private landowners to open more acreage to the public. These agreements are not permanent and may be altered or cancelled at any time.
Recently, a 7,670-acre portion of the Clayhole Tract of Revelation Hunting Access Area was withdrawn from an agreement that opened it for public hunting. The withdrawn property is bisected by KY 1098. While this parcel has reverted to private access only, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife still maintains agreements to allow public hunting on an additional 51,883 acres scattered throughout eastern Kentucky as part of this hunting access area.
Overall, Kentucky offers approximately 750,000 acres of property in southeast Kentucky open for hunting through public ownership or agreements with private landowners. Maps of these areas are available online at fw.ky.gov by clicking the “Maps” tab, followed by the “Wildlife Management Areas/Public Hunting Areas” tab. Updated maps of the Clayhole Tract and Revelation Hunting Access Area are available online.
Information about hunting regulations for this hunting access area and other lands open to public hunting in Kentucky also is available on the department’s website, as well as in the current Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide. With archery/crossbow season for elk set to open Sept. 14, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is working to notify drawn elk hunters who may be affected by the withdrawal of the acreage from the hunting access area in Breathitt County, located in Elk Hunting Unit 4.
Landowners interested in exploring a potential hunting access area agreement with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife can contact the department by phone at 1-800-858-1549 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on weekdays and by email at [email protected].