Big South Fork is one of only a few National Park Service units legislated to allow hunting. Big game species found within the park are whitetail deer, turkey and wild boar. In addition, the area is rich in small game species, such as squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, and game birds.
As a unit of the National Park Service, Big South Fork River and Recreation follows standard regulations applying to hunting. In general, the hunting regulations within the Big South Fork are the same as the respective state in which you are hunting. For those hunting in Tennessee, the Tennessee regulations would apply, and for those hunting in Kentucky, the Kentucky regulations would apply.
In the Tennessee portion of Big South Fork, the licensing requirements and hunting seasons are the same as those identified by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for the state. You can purchase your Tennessee license online.
In the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork, the licensing requirements are the same as those identified by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The hunting seasons for the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork is the same as those seasons throughout the state. In Kentucky the Big South Fork is managed as a Wildlife Management Area. You can purchase your Kentucky license online.
Due to changes in the Tennessee hunting regulations, wild hogs may be hunted in the Big South Fork NRRA from mid-September through the end of February each year, in both Tennessee and Kentucky. A permit is required to hunt hogs during this season and may be purchased online (this link is only active from mid-September to the end of February each year) or by check through the mail starting late August each year. The permit costs $5. You must have a valid hunting license for the state you will be hunting in and the hog permit to hunt. Hunting licenses from states other than Tennessee or Kentucky are NOT valid. Dogs may not be used to hunt hogs. Contact us for more information about how to mail in your payment for a permit.
View authorized hunting access routes [1.1 MB PDF] on which ATV's may be driven while actively hunting deer and boar.