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2011-2012 Deer Hunting Information

New for 2011:

US Highway 68/KY 80: has been widened to a divided four-lane highway. There is an 8 foot-wide paved bike/hike trail along the south side of the highway. Parking along US68/KY80 is permitted at designated paved parking spots and along the right-of-way. Driving or parking on the bike/hike trail or blocking paved access to farm fields is prohibited. If construction work is going on, parking is prohibited in the construction zone.

Quality Deer Management (QDM): Deer harvests in 2010 continued to show positive trends in older age class bucks with a number of good antlered bucks harvested in both KY and TN. All quota hunt permits will be either sex permits. Hunters are encouraged to harvest does to help balance the deer herd.

Prescribed Fire: The Forest Service has an active prescribed burning program on LBL to improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuels. Prescribed burns require very specific conditions and may occur during all seasons of the year. To learn about the location and timing of burns, see Alerts & Notices on LBL’s website.

Online Quota Hunt Applications: The online quota hunt applications will be available from July 1 through July 31, 2011. To apply for 2011 Quota Deer Hunts visit


Kentucky — Quota Hunts: Oct. 29-30, Youth Hunt
    Nov. 19-20
  Archery: Sep. 24- Jan. 16 Except quota hunt days and one day immediately before each quota hunt.
  Crossbow: Oct. 1-16 and Nov. 21- Dec. 31
Tennessee — Quota Hunts: Oct. 15-16, Youth Hunt
    Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 26-27
  Archery and Crossbow: Sep. 24- Jan. 16 Except quota hunt days and one day immediately before each quota hunt.

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Bag Limits (Kentucky and Tennessee): LBL deer are bonus deer and do not count towards statewide bag limits. There is an LBL-wide one buck limit.

Archery: Two white-tailed deer, including one antlered buck, unless a buck has already been harvested on LBL.

Quota Hunt: One deer either sex unless an antlered buck has already been harvested on LBL.

All Hunts:

  • Antlered bucks in KY must have any visible antler above the hair line, excluding button bucks. In TN, antlered bucks must have one three-inch antler.
  • Coyotes, armadillos, and hogs are legal game during any hunting season with weapons specified for that season.
  • A small number of European Fallow deer are present on the KY portion of LBL. Fallow deer are not legal to hunt. (To identify fallow deer, see deer identification at

Hunter Use Permits: An LBL Hunter Use Permit is required for all hunters age 16 and older, in addition to state licenses and tags. Hunter Use Permits may be purchased as follows: $20 Hunter Use Permit, $25 Combination Hunter Use Permit/Backcountry Camping Permit (age 18 and older). Permits may be purchased at LBL North & South Welcome Stations (open daily, Mar. - Nov., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), the Golden Pond Visitor Center (open daily, year-round, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), or anywhere KY & TN state hunting licenses are sold. (Note: Combination Permit not yet available on the KY state licensing system.)

State Licenses and Tags:

Kentucky: Hunters age 12 and older must possess a valid KY hunting license and a statewide deer hunting permit, and hunters age 16 and older must also possess an LBL Hunter Use Permit.

Tennessee: Hunters age 13 and older must have either a Sportsman’s License, Young Sportsman’s License, or a Hunting and Fishing Combination License (Type 01) accompanied by either a Big Game Gun (Type 09), Big Game Archery (Type 10), or Big Game Muzzleloader (Type 11) License according to state regulations. Hunters age 16 and older must also possess an LBL Hunter Use Permit.

Hunter Safety Requirement: LBL is a National Recreation Area. Visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor activities during all seasons of the year. Everyone’s safety is a top priority. All hunters must possess a hunter safety card according to KY or TN state regulations respectively. Additionally for LBL, all youth hunters who are not required to carry a hunter safety card must receive basic hunter safety instructions and carry a verification form signed by the responsible adult. The verification form and basic hunter safety instructions can be found on LBL’s website at

Tree Stands: Portable stands and climbing devices that do not injure trees may be used. All portable stands must display the name and address of owner. Portable stands may be placed on trees no more than two weeks before hunting season and must be removed within one week following a hunting season or portion of a split season. Nails, spikes, screw-in devices, or other devices which injure trees must not be used for attaching stands or climbing trees.

Feral Hogs: Hogs may be harvested during any hunting season with weapons specified for that season. Harvested hogs must be checked at LBL hunter check stations or the Golden Pond Administrative Office. These United States hogs have been illegally released on LBL; therefore, please immediately report any hog sightings at 270-924-2233.

General Regulations

  • Licensed motorized vehicles are permitted only on roads which are marked by numbered signs and corresponding numbers on the LBL Recreation Map and MVUM. Other LBL roads are for administrative access or trails, but are not legal to drive on.
  • Unlicensed motorized vehicles, including four-wheelers, are allowed only in the Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area and require a permit.
  • Parking is 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.
  • Firearms possessed during legal hunting season by licensed hunters must be cased and unloaded (chamber and magazine) while being transported in a motorized vehicle.
  • No discharge of a firearm or other implement capable of taking animal life within 150 yards of any developed area.
  • Nature Watch Areas are closed to hunting unless otherwise indicated.
  • Wildlife refuges are closed to all hunting year-round and closed to human entry during the refuge period.
  • The placement of bait or hunting over bait, including food or mineral substances, is prohibited on LBL.
  • Spotlighting or the use of any artificial lights to locate wildlife is prohibited at all times.
  • Paint, tape, flagging, or other artificial materials shall not be used to mark trees, trails, or routes.
  • Hunting deer from horseback or hunting deer with the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunters must not be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances.
  • All applicable state and federal regulations must be observed.
  • To protect the future of hunting, hunters are encouraged to be sensitive and courteous to other visitors.


Permits: To participate in a Quota Deer Hunt, hunters must apply online during the month of July and be selected in a computer drawing. Hunters selected will print an online LBL Quota Hunt Permit. Areas and/or dates cannot be changed, and a permit cannot be transferred to another hunter. Persons under age 16 hunting deer with a firearm must be accompanied at all times by someone at least 21 years of age who meets the hunter safety education requirement.

Check-In: Hunters are not required to check-in prior to hunting. While hunting, hunters must carry on their person the following items: LBL Quota Hunt Permit, LBL Hunter Use Permit, state hunting license, deer permit, and hunter safety card as required by state regulations. LBL Hunter Use Permits are available at LBL Welcome Stations (open daily, Mar.-Nov., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Golden Pond Visitor Center (open daily, year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), by mail using the form below, or wherever KY or TN state hunting licenses are sold.

Tagging and Check-Out: All harvested deer must be recorded and/or tagged before being moved, and must be checked-out at the LBL Hunter Check Station, North Welcome Station, South Welcome Station, or Golden Pond Visitor Center before leaving LBL. See KY/TN instructions below.

Kentucky: Before the deer is moved, mark the box for deer, date, county, and sex, on the harvest log on the back of your KY statewide deer permit. (Note: Areas 1, 2, 4, and Area 3 north of County Line Road are in Lyon County; all other areas are in Trigg County.) Transport deer to nearest LBL check station and LBL staff will complete the check-out process. If the LBL check stations are closed, KY hunters should proceed to the Golden Pond Visitor Center to check their deer. If the Golden Pond Visitor Center is closed, hunters should Telecheck their LBL deer by calling 1-800-245-4263. Enter the appropriate county code (Lyon - 072 or Trigg -111), public land, and LBL.

Tennessee: Immediately after harvest, punch and attach the temporary kill tag according to state regulations. The deer must then be transported to the South Welcome Station and checked out by LBL staff. If the South Welcome Station is closed, proceed to the nearest statewide check station and be certain to check the deer as harvested on LBL.

Hunter Orange: All quota hunters, youth hunters, and adults accompanying youth hunters must wear visible items of hunter orange as required by state regulations.

Legal Firearms: Muzzleloading shotguns and rifles, and conventional shotguns, rifles, and handguns may be used according to state regulations. Firearms transported in vehicles must be cased and unloaded in both magazine and chamber.

Youth Hunt: Youth hunters must be under age 16 in Kentucky and age 6-16 in Tennessee on the first day of the hunt. Youth hunters must possess a state-approved hunter safety card or certificate on their person while hunting according to state regulations. Youth not required to have a hunter safety card must receive basic hunter safety instructions and carry a verification form as described under Hunter Safety Requirement. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old who meets the hunter safety requirements. The person accompanying the youth must remain with the youth at all times while hunting to provide direct supervision and minimize the possibility of accidents. A Hunter Use Permit is not required for an adult accompanying a youth hunter. Note: While hunting, two youth hunters require two adults, three youth hunters three adults, etc.


Legal Game: In addition to deer, archers with proper state permits may harvest one turkey (either sex), squirrels, woodchucks, feral hogs, armadillos, and coyotes.

Area Open: The entire LBL area is open to bowhunting during archery season except Nature Watch Areas, wildlife refuges, safety zones around facilities, and other areas posted as closed. Some closed areas may be opened to bowhunting in December and January, call 270-924-2065 for a list of areas.

Archery Equipment: Recurve bows, longbows, compound bows, crossbows, and accessory equipment must conform to state regulations. It is illegal to use or possess a chemical pod-type arrow, pod device, or chemicals used with such devices. Hunters may not carry firearms while archery hunting.

Check-In/Out: Archery hunters are not required to check-in, but all deer harvested must be checkedout. See directions under Tagging and Check-Out above.

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