Hunting At The Land Between The Lakes

Hunting At The Land Between The Lakes

Hunting within the Land Between the Lakes is an integral part of the wildlife management program. Because the recreation area has no population of large predators, hunters serve the valuable role of maintaining healthy and sustainable populations of species like white-tail deer.

With over 170,000 acres teeming with game and over 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Land Between the Lakes offers a variety of hunting opportunities that is unparalleled in the Southeast. Further, with more than 230 days of in-season hunting opportunities, the Land Between the Lakes affords hunters ample chances to enjoy the recreation area.

Wildlife in LBL

White-tail deer, wild turkey, squirrels, and other forest game species are abundant throughout LBL. Land Between the Lakes offers annual spring quota and non- quota hunts for turkeys with fall archery and quota gun hunts for deer. Additionally, hunters can also enjoy a variety of camping choices, from the convenience of our developed campgrounds to the rustic adventure of camping Land Between the Lakes back-country. All hunters must have an Land Between the Lakes Hunter Use Permit and applicable state licenses.

Important Things to Remember when Hunting in the Land Between the Lakes

  1. Licenses and Permits: Hunters must possess appropriate state hunting licenses for Kentucky or Tennessee, depending on where they are in LBL. Additionally, LBL-specific hunting permits are required. These permits can be obtained from the LBL administrative office or designated vendors.
  2. Seasons and Species: Hunting seasons for various species such as deer, turkey, small game, and waterfowl are established in alignment with state regulations. Hunters should refer to the current LBL Hunting Guide and state wildlife agency resources for specific dates and regulations.
  3. Hunting Zones: LBL is divided into multiple hunting zones. Some areas may be designated as wildlife refuges, safety zones, or no-hunting areas. It’s crucial to understand and respect these zone designations.
  4. Weapon Restrictions: Regulations on the types of weapons that can be used for hunting (such as firearms, bows, or crossbows) are in place. These regulations may vary depending on the season and the game being hunted.
  5. Bag Limits: There are specific bag limits for each species, which align with state regulations. These limits are enforced to maintain healthy wildlife populations.
  6. Safety Requirements: For safety, hunters may be required to wear blaze orange during certain seasons. Additionally, hunters should be aware of other recreational users in the area and maintain safe hunting practices.
  7. Ethical Hunting Practices: Hunters are expected to follow ethical hunting practices, including fair chase principles, proper handling and tagging of game, and respecting private property boundaries.
  8. Camping and Accommodations: For those planning multi-day hunting trips, LBL offers various camping options. Hunters should adhere to all camping regulations and ensure they camp only in designated areas.
  9. Check-In and Check-Out: Depending on the game and season, hunters may be required to check in and out at designated check stations.
  10. Youth Hunting: Special youth hunting opportunities are available, often with specific dates and regulations to encourage young hunters to learn and participate in a controlled and safe environment.

It’s important for hunters to review the most current LBL Hunting Guide and state regulations each season, as rules can change from year to year. Compliance with these regulations ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors to the Land Between the Lakes.

Hunting At The Land Between The Lakes

: 304 N Jefferson St, Princeton, KY 42445
: (270) -924-2065

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