Local deer hunters eyeing start of modern gun season

The modern gun deer season opens in less than two weeks and is timed to start with the peak of breeding activity, known as the rut, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The 2022-23 deer season is off to a strong start statewide as archery and crossbow hunters posted the second-highest harvest total on record for September, and October’s numbers were up over last year.

Historically, most deer hunters are in the woods during the upcoming modern gun season, which opens Saturday, November 12th and continues through Sunday, November 27th, this year.

Noelle Thompson, deer program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said that the modern gun season alone accounted for 73 percent of the total statewide deer harvest of more than 132,000 deer last year.