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    Land Between The Lakes 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 now.

    Officials at Land Between The Lakes have worked with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on possible solutions. These include, but are not limited to:

·         Eliminating bonus deer in Kentucky and Tennessee on Land Between The Lakes, except for youth quota hunts.

·         Reducing the length of the archery season and bag limit on the Kentucky portion of the recreation area.

    “We see enough evidence that we need to make these changes for the fall hunting seasons,” said Jan Bush, Public Affairs Officer at LBL. “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. Forest and open land habitat must provide adequate forage and conditions for white-tailed deer.

    LBL in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a herd health assessment this summer.




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