Legal Equipment

Legal Equipment

Firearm permit holders may hunt with any legal equipment during the firearm season. Muzzleloader permit holders may only hunt with muzzleloading or archery equipment during the muzzleloader and firearm seasons. Archery permit holders may only  use archery equipment during the archery season, even during days that overlap the muzzleloader or regular firearm season.

Centerfire rifles and handguns that are not fully automatic, using only hard-cast solid lead, soft point, hollow point, or other expanding bullets; any gauge shotgun using only slugs.

Muzzleloading rifles, pistols or muskets that can be loaded only through the front of the firing chamber with separate components and that fire a bullet of .40 inches diameter or larger, using hard-cast solid lead, conical lead, or saboted bullets.

Longbows, recurve bows, compound bows and crossbows. Disabled hunters who, in addition to a big game permit, possess a disability draw-lock permit as authorized under KAR 115-18-7, may hunt with bows that have a
draw-lock device attached. No bow, crossbow or arrow may have any electronic device attached that controls the flight of the arrow. Devices that may be attached to a bow or arrow shall include lighted pin, dot or holographic sights; illuminated nocks; rangefinders; film or video cameras; and radio-frequency location devices. Arrows used for hunting big game must be equipped with broadhead points that when fully expanded cannot pass through a ring 3/4-inch in diameter. Nonbroadhead arrows may be possessed while hunting but may not be used to take big game. Devices capable of dispensing chemicals to take big game animals may not be used.

Lures, decoys and non-electric calls may be used while hunting big game. Hunters may use blinds and stands. Range-finding devices and optical scopes or sights that project no visible light toward the target and do not electronically amplify visible or
infrared light may be used. Horses and mules shall not be used for herding or driving big game. Firearm report-suppression devices may be used with proper permits. Handguns may be possessed during all big game seasons. However, no handgun shall
be used to take big game, except as legal equipment specified for big game during firearm or muzzleloader seasons. Ethical hunters select equipment most effective for their capabilities, the game they hunt and the style of hunting they prefer. Hunters should consider muzzle velocity, kinetic energy, bullet type, recoil and accuracy when selecting equipment that is adequate for the game hunted .