Hunters interested in entering this year’s elk hunt drawing have until midnight April 30, 2018 to buy applications. Hunters can apply online at fw.ky.gov. Kentucky residents and non-residents are eligible to apply for four permit types but can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will issue 150 firearms permits and 100 archery/crossbow permits for bulls; 290 firearms permits and 160 archery/crossbow permits for cow elk. The bull archery/crossbow season opens in September. The bull elk firearms seasons are spread over two separate, weeklong hunts in October while the cow elk firearms seasons are split into two weeklong hunts, both in December.