Can I hunt on my land (rural Bell County)?

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by new2thewoods, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. new2thewoods

    new2thewoods Spike

    Nov 30, 2019
    Hello all. I am closing on a home in Bell County with a small amount of acreage. With neighbors directly across the street, hunting on my property didn't seem feasible to me...until I came across a deer stand in "my" woods. Obviously the previous owner was hunting it.

    Whom would I contact to find out if my land is too "residential" for legal hunting? Or perhaps it's more complicated- or simple- than that?

    Thank you.
  2. muddhunter

    muddhunter 12 pointer

    Oct 18, 2005
    You can hunt it. No need to ask anyone. Use common sense but hunt away.
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  3. AllDodge

    AllDodge Spike

    May 20, 2019
    South Central, KY
    The sheriff will know
  4. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

    Jan 25, 2006
    The Occupied South
    I dont know where you came from but this is Guntucky.
    Fire Away.
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  5. muddhunter

    muddhunter 12 pointer

    Oct 18, 2005
    No need to ask the sheriff or anyone else. Hunt if you want. Shoot if you want. Grow a crop. Cut a tree. Raise an animal. Build a pond and fish. It’s your land. Do what you like.
  6. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    If not in the city I would hunt my own land. No reason you cant.
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  7. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2007
    If you want to use a gun I would suggest investing in a suppressor. it’s a little bit of a process and cost more than it should but will significantly quiet down a gunshot. You could also use a bow or crossbow but keep in mind it’s common for arrowed deer to run 50 to 300 yards before falling.
    How many acres of land Do you own? There’s also nothing wrong with talking to your neighbors about it to feel them out they may be happy to allow you to track a wounded deer to their property but if it bothers them it may help you make a decision on how to handle this, That assumes you give a rats ass about what your neighbors think And value having a good relationship with them. When the deer leaves your property you are 100% in their hands as to whether you can recover it or not.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2019
  8. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 10 pointer

    Sep 9, 2010
    louisville kentucky
    Kentucky has an amendment in the constitution making it a constitutional right to hunt on your own land. Anyone who says otherwise can kick rocks
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  9. AllDodge

    AllDodge Spike

    May 20, 2019
    South Central, KY
    Twenty One states have legal right to hunt on their own land, but that does not stop a city to pass an ordnance to stop it. Same reason folks cannot hunt on 1/2 acre lot in a city. My Nephew has been hunting on 15 acres his family owns for 30 years. French Lick passed an ordnance that there is no hunting, target practice or other, so now he can no longer hunt

    I don't know where the OP lives nor how much land, proximity of hoses and other things. Its always good to know the local sheriff and he/she can answer real quick and easy

    Edit: should say its no guns, can still use Bow/Cross bow
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2019
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  10. Gforcetrivers

    Gforcetrivers 10 pointer

    Sep 23, 2016
    Not neccessarily. If the land is encumbered with restrictions you may be VERY limited to what you can do. Example. No Chickens, Poultry or fowl of any kind. I know I am suffering the consequences and my house is in the middle of no where Cumberland Cnty.
  11. hoene

    hoene 8 pointer

    May 8, 2012
    Northern Ky
    Ft Mitchell Ky has a no hunting ordinance. Plenty of big racked bucks.
  12. slickhead slayer

    slickhead slayer 12 pointer

    Nov 14, 2005
    VP OF ADMIN Development
    Ky has zero restrictions on where you can hunt. Many states have minimum acreage requirements, ky does not. Many states have minimum feet from a residence, ky does not.
    Ky also passed a Constitutional Amendment that says cities and towns can't regulate or prohibit hunting.
    Ft Mitchell and several others removed their no hunting ordinances because of this.
    You don't need to call anybody, hunt away, just do it safely.
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  13. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

    Dec 17, 2007
    Greenup Co.
    If you are not in a city with ordinances or a subdivision with restrictive covenants, it's legal. If your area has a lot of houses close , use common sense.....then you might want to only bow hunt.
  14. ptbrauch

    ptbrauch 12 pointer

    Nov 10, 2004
    The OC
    First day after you close, get up at dawn and take a shotgun out in your yard and fire away. You'll probably find out real quick if you can't do that.
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  15. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

    Jan 25, 2006
    The Occupied South
    I have found you can fire ONE shot almost anywhere.

    Whut wuz that Mable, the TV.?
    aaronc, Ataulbe1, Junglekat and 2 others like this.

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