Land Between The Lakes Hunting Regulations

Land Between The Lakes Hunting Regulations

When preparing to hunt in the Land Between the Lakes, it is important to know the regulations. While it is easy to stay within the bounds of the law, a good hunter will be sure to understand the rules before they embark on their hunt.

Approved Hunting Seasons

Hunting is permitted during approved hunting seasons only. See our Hunting Information Sheets for hunt dates.

Required Permits and Licenses

  • LBL Hunter Use Permit: Hunters must possess a $25 Annual LBL Hunter Use Permit. Permits can be obtained from any LBL Welcome Facility or wherever KY and TN hunting licenses are sold.
  • State Hunting Licenses: Hunters must also have applicable state hunting licenses and permits.
  • Waterfowl Hunting: A Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp and state waterfowl stamps are needed for waterfowl hunting in addition to LBL and state licenses and permits.

Hunter Safety

  • Hunter Safety Card: Hunters must possess a hunter safety card according to state regulations. All youth hunters must have attended a hunter safety course.

Equipment and Vehicles

  • Portable Tree Stands: Portable tree stands and climbing devices that do not injure trees are permitted.
  • Motorized Vehicles: Licensed motorized vehicles are permitted only on roads marked by numbered signs and corresponding numbers on the LBL Recreation Map and MVUM. Other LBL roads are for administrative access or trails and are not legal to drive on.
  • OHV Area: Unlicensed motorized vehicles, including four-wheelers, are allowed only in the Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area and require a permit.

Parking and Firearms

  • Parking: Permitted within one vehicle length of a legal road. Blocking access to any road or trail is prohibited. Rutting of fields is prohibited. Do not leave campfire rings (rocks) in fields.
  • Transporting Firearms: Firearms possessed during legal hunting season by licensed hunters must be cased and unloaded (chamber and magazine) while being transported in a motorized vehicle.

Prohibited Activities

  • Spotlighting: The use of any artificial lights to locate wildlife is prohibited at all times.
  • Hunting Deer: Hunting deer from horseback or with the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Marking Trees: Paint, tape, flagging, or other artificial materials shall not be used to mark trees, trails, or routes.
  • Firearm Discharge: No discharge of a firearm or other implement capable of taking animal life within 150 yards of any developed area.
  • Baiting: The placement of bait or hunting over bait, including food or mineral substances, is prohibited.
  • Wildlife Refuges: Closed to all hunting year-round and closed to human entry during the refuge period.
  • Nature Watch Areas: Closed to hunting unless otherwise indicated.
  • Alcohol and Controlled Substances: Hunters must not be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances.

Additional Regulations

  • State and Federal Regulations: All applicable state and federal regulations must be observed.
  • Courtesy: To protect the future of hunting, hunters are encouraged to be sensitive and courteous to other visitors.

Plan Your Hunting Trip

Ensure you are prepared and informed about all regulations before embarking on your hunting trip. For more information or to obtain permits, please visit our LBL Hunting Permits page or contact your local LBL office.

Land Between The Lakes Hunting Regulations

: Grand Rivers, KY
: 1-800-498-0428

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