Land Between The Lakes offers more than 230 days of hunting opportunities throughout the year. Six days of spring quota hunts for turkeys (February application required) and 14 days of open season yield a consistently good opportunity. Deer may be hunted during a 115-day fall archery season and three fall quota hunts (July application required), including a youth hunt for hunters 10-15 years old. Hunters will also find opportunities for small game and waterfowl . For more info call 270-924-2065 or 800-LBL-7077.
Public Wildlife Areas: Most of the public wildlife areas are owned by various agencies of the state and federal government. Many have special regulations on hunting/fishing or require special permits. Contact before going.
|Modern Gun||Nov 14 - 29|
|Archery||Sept 5 - Jan 18|
|Youth Only Firearms||Oct 10 - 11|
|Muzzleloader||Oct 17 - 18, Nov 4 - 29, • Dec 12 - Dec 20|
|Free Youth Hunting Weekend:||*Dec 26 - Dec 27|
|Crossbow||Oct 1 - 18 & Nov 14 - Dec 31|
* Hunters ages 15 and under may hunt deer with a firearm without a license or deer permit, if accompanied by an adult. (See elsewhere for county zones, harvest restrictions and hunter requirements for each zone.)
|Fall (archery)||Sept 5 - Jan 18|
|Fall (crossbow)||Oct 1 - 18 & Nov 14 - Dec 31|
|Fall (shotgun)||Oct 24 - 30 & Dec 5 - 11|
|Spring Youth-only||April 4 - 5 • Spring April 18 - May 10|
|Spring||June 6 - 19|
|Fall||Aug 15 - Feb 28 (Except Nov 14 - 15)|
|RABBIT & QUAIL||Nov 16 – Feb 10|
The seasons are split. The first duck, coot, & merganser season runs from Nov 21 - 24. The season again opens Dec 2 - Jan 31. Canvasbacks may now be taken for the entire duck season, but under a 1 duck daily bag limit.
|Canada Goose||Nov 22 - Jan 31.
Remainder of Kentucky's Western Lakes & Rivers Region mid Dec - end Jan
|White-Fronted Goose & Snow Goose||Nov 22 - Jan 31|
|Youth Waterfowl Days||1st Feb weekend|
|Doves||Early Sept - Late Oct & late Nov weekend|
|Early Wood Duck and Teal||5 days in mid-Sept|
In many areas goose hunters are required to register prior to hunting. A federal duck stamp is required for any waterfowl hunting. Proof of hunter education is required for those born Jan 1, 1975 or later. Many of the wildlife management areas have special seasons unique to them. Some of the specific 2009-2010 dates had not been set at this time. With all of this in mind, prior to hunting we strongly advise that you contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife to ensure that you will meet all requirements:
800-858-1549, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife