Hunters have until midnight April 30 to enter this year’s elk hunt. Both Kentucky and out-of-state hunters can apply for four permit types, but can only be drawn for one. 700 general quota hunt permits and 10 youth permits will be issued this year. 150 firearms permits and 100 archery/crossbow permits will be issued for bulls. 290 firearms permits and 160 archery/crossbow permits will be issued for cow elk. The season limit is the same as last year’s: 250 bulls and 450 cow elk. The drawing is conducted randomly by computer in early May. Results will be up on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website May 15. Kentucky’s elk herd is the largest east of the Rocky Mountains, and has more elk than all states east of the Mississippi combined. 16 southeast Kentucky counties and more than 4 million acres make up the elk restoration zone. Hunters can apply for the elk hunt here (https://app.fw.ky.gov/solar/) Each application costs $10.