During the course of each year, specially selected hunters flock to Perry and surrounding counties to participate in the state lottery elk hunt.  For more information about the elk hunt, please visit the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at  


One public hunting area, for Perry County is Robinson Forrest, owned by the University of Kentucky, which connects to Breathitt, and Knott counties and encompasses approximately 12,304 acres; Robinson Forest is located east of Jackson and Clayhole. Head east of Clayhole on 476 about 8 miles, and turn on Little Buckhorn Road and the county line. (606) 878-9595.

The main block of this area is closed to all hunting.  Please refer to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hunting guide on their website at See map for open outlying areas in Breathitt and Perry county (Rose Branch, Little Caney Creek N, Bear branch, Fishtrap Branch, and Beaver Dam). See the Fall Hunting and Trapping Guide for additional information concerning hunting seasons. Owned by University of Kentucky.  View Maps

Buckhorn Lake WMA is another public hunting area located in Perry & Leslie counties (3,523 acres);   (606) 878-9595; COE office (606) 398-7251. Lake shoreline in Perry County and Leslie KY 15 and KY 28 west from Hazard, KY 257 N. from Hyden; from Daniel Boone Parkway; take Hyden exit, turn left; 2 old roads follow lake shore; primary access by boat. Mountainous terrain, primarily forested with some open land in bottoms. Picnicking, swimming, boating facilities at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information about hunting in Perry and surrounding counties, please visit the following website:   View Maps

Buckhorn Lake Wildlife Management Area
Hunting is permitted in the Buckhorn Lake Wildlife Management Area as well as outside recreation and operations areas on the project. There is a large supply of rabbit, squirrel, turkey and deer to be hunted on the project. Non-commercial trapping, archery and black powder hunting are gaining popularity at the lake. Contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for seasons, regulations and license requirements. Buckhorn Lake provides visitors many opportunities to see and experience native wildlife of southeastern Kentucky.

Guide Servicesdeer

Redstone Outdoors - Kentucky Fishing & Hunting Guides
606-487-8033 or 606-436-1197
Our goal is to provide you with an enjoyable, educational experience. We can adjust to your experience level and make your day relaxing, while providing you with your best chance to raise and catch fish. We provide equipment and lures, but you are welcome to bring your favorites if you wish. Visit for more information.

Shady Creek Outfitters
(606) 785-5518

Shady Creek Outfitters was established in 2009 by Voncel Thacker and Brandon Thomas. Both were raised in Eastern Kentucky and have always been involved in hunting activities. With a combined total of 11 years in guiding experience we decided to establish a guide service and offer hunters the experience of a life time. Shady Creek has locations for Elk hunting in zones 2, 3, and 5. Most of the property is mountain top removed and is owned by land companies and private owners. The 2009 season was a great year for the elk harvest. A total of 19 elk where taken from these zones with a 100 percent kill rate. We love what we do and would love to assist you in locating the trophey of your dreams.

Old Mill Marina Outfitters
(207) 444-7529

Elk Hunting Guide Service: Old Mill Marina is the exclusive outfitter on about 200,000 acres of some of the best Eastern Kentucky elk, deer, and turkey habitat. The property is managed with a view to producing trophy class animals. Old Mill Marina's main focus is elk and providing an extra-ordinary outdoor adventure. Refined calling techniques and pre-season field and aircraft scouting add to the adventure and success. The all-inclusive experience offers a stay with them in a comfortable Hazard, Kentucky hotel just minutes away from the hunting grounds or in an outfitter camp within audible range of elk bugling. Our professional guides are goal driven and have excellent calling and stalking skills. After being drawn for the hunt and consulting with us you can select the zone best suited for you. Understanding your goals will help ensure you'll be positioned for personal success with the expanse and variety of hunting terrain we have available. For more information contact OMM Outfitters at 207-444-7529 or visit

* Hazard Perry County Tourism does not endorse hunting and fishing guide services. Listings are provided as resource only. To be listed, please contact Hazard Perry County Tourism.