Update: September 30, 2016
Hunting regulations affecting the 2016 season have changed at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Changes this fall include:
- Land Between the Lakes deer are no longer bonus deer in Kentucky or Tennessee, except for youth quota hunts
- Archery season on the Kentucky and Tennessee portions open September 24, 2016 and close on January 8, 2017
- Archery bag limit on the Kentucky portion is one white-tailed deer, either sex, unless a buck has already been harvested in Kentucky
- Hunters drawn for a deer quota hunt may harvest one white-tailed deer, either sex, unless a buck has already been harvested in Kentucky
After these initial changes, we plan to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
For more information about why regulations at Land Between the Lakes have changed, please read the blog posted on May 13, 2016 below.
Posted May 13, 2016
Hunting regulations affecting the 2016 season will change at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has seen a decrease in white-tailed deer numbers over the last several years, especially on the Kentucky portion. Recent analysis shows that adjustments to hunting regulations need to be made for the 2016 hunting season.
We have worked with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on possible solutions. Changes this fall will likely include:
- Eliminating bonus deer in Kentucky and Tennessee on Land Between the Lakes, except for youth quota hunts.
- Reducing the length of the archery season on the Kentucky portion, to open on September 24, 2016 and close on January 8, 2017.
- Reducing the archery bag limit on the Kentucky portion from 2 to 1.
- Quota hunts will be similar to 2015 except the deer will no longer be bonus deer.
“We see enough evidence that we need to make these changes for the fall hunting seasons,” said Jan Bush, Public Affairs Officer at Land Between the Lakes. “After these initial changes, we plan to monitor and make adjustments as needed.”
Numerous factors have contributed to deer declines in recent years. These include outbreaks of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease commonly referred to as EHD, increased archery hunting pressure-especially on the Kentucky portion, and a mature closed canopy forest over much of the recreation area. Our staff in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a herd health assessment this summer.
Herd management depends on hunters correctly reporting harvests and respecting the rules. Regulations require that deer harvested on Land Between the Lakes be recorded at check stations or welcome stations. State checking systems allow reporting after business hours. Hunters are required to check the deer on the day of harvest, and ensure the deer is reported as a Land Between the Lakes harvest.
Land Between the Lakes works closely with its federal, state, and local partners. Your comments will assist us in driving future decisions. To comment, send an email to email@example.com or write to Land Between the Lakes, Attn: Hunt Program, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211.