Golden Pond, KY – The Kentucky portion of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area archery deer season opened Saturday, September 1st, 2012, and runs through Monday, January 21st, 2013. The only exception is for quota hunt days and the day immediately before each quota hunt.
The quota hunt days for the Kentucky portion are October 27th-28th and November 17th-18th. The archery season for the Tennessee portion is September 22nd to January 6th. The quota hunt days for the Tennessee portion are October 20th-21st, November 9th-10th, and November 24th-25th.Deer hunting provides a unique recreational opportunity within the LBL region and helps maintain a healthy deer population. LBL invites visitors to hone their archery skills on the archery practice range and field archery range trail at the Golden Pond Target Range.
The range is located just off US68/KY80 and is open from dawn to dusk on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that the Target Range will be closed on Wednesday mornings until 11:00am for weekly clean-up.
During LBL’s 2012-2013 archery season hunters may harvest two white-tailed deer, including only one antlered buck per person. Hunters who harvest a buck on a quota hunt may not take a buck during archery season, and hunters who harvest a buck during archery season may not take a buck on a quota hunt. Deer harvested on both the Kentucky and Tennessee portions of LBL are bonus deer; they do not count towards statewide deer bag limits.
Appropriately licensed archers can also harvest one turkey of either sex (requires state turkey permit), squirrels, woodchucks, coyotes, armadillos, and feral hogs. Hunters are not required to check in for deer archery hunting at LBL, but must have a valid state hunting license and big game permit. Hunters age 16 and over need to purchase an LBL Hunter Use Permit ($20.00) also.
Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy.
Visitors are encouraged to review LBL’s official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and additional LBL information, or call 800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000.