Area Status: Open
The Pioneer Weapons Wildlife Management Area was developed as a cooperative effort between the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the US Forest Service. The wildlife management area is surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest and Cave Run Lake. It is located on Cumberland Ranger District.
The area is mostly forested with scattered openings. The terrain is mostly rugged with some gently sloping areas on the ridge-tops and in the creek valleys. Hiking trails occur in the area.
This 7,610-acre tract is designated for hunting with "primitive" weapons. Modern breech-loading firearms are prohibited. Hunters must use muzzle-loading firearms, bows or crossbows to hunt and harvest wild game, like Native Americans and early settlers would have hunted.
The national forest lands in this area are managed for multiple-use, but wildlife management is a major emphasis. To enhance the area for wildlife, grassy openings and waterholes have been created and maintained. Timber management is used to create habitat diversity.
The area boundaries are marked with yellow signs and yellow bands painted on trees. The wild turkey and white-tailed deer, once eliminated from the area, have been re-established by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Alertness, regard for the safety of others, and the skillful handling of a primitive weapon create the ultimate challenge when hunting wild game.
View Pioneer Weapons WMA Map (pdf)
You must comply with all regulations established by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources concerning hunting, fishing, boating and waterway safety laws. Licenses and regulation guides are available at most retail stores.
At a Glance
||Modern breech-loading firearms are prohibited in this area.
||U.S. Forest Service
||Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351
Hunting Information: KY Department Fish and Wildllife Resources
From Salt Lick, take KY 211 to Clear Creek Road (Forest Service Road 129) and follow to arrive at this area.
Roads to the wildlife management area include the Zilpo Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 918), Buck Creek Road (Forest Service Road 918A), and Leatherwood Road (Forest Service Road 129). Some gated side roads may be opened for seasonal hunts.