Three quota hunts in both Kentucky and Tennessee during the first portion of the season require a prior application. In Kentucky they include a two-day youth hunt for hunters (under age 16 on the Kentucky portion of LBL) March 28-29, a two-day hunt April 11-12, and a two-day hunt April 18-19. In Tennessee they include a two-day youth hunt (for hunters 6-16 years old on the Tennessee portion) April 4-5, a two-day hunt April 11-12, and a two-day hunt April 18-19. No hunting is permitted between these dates.
The non-quota hunting season, which does not require a prior application, is one 14-day hunt, April 20 - May 3 for Kentucky and two 7-day hunts in Tennessee, April 20-26 and April 27 - May 3.
Applications and instructions for the quota hunt will be mailed to each person who applied last year, and can also be obtained through any of the following: Golden Pond Visitor Center, participating local merchants, some fish and wildlife offices, by calling LBL at 270-924-2065, or by requesting an application through our website at www.lbl.org.
Completed applications must be postmarked no later than February 17 or hand-delivered to the Golden Pond Visitor Center by 5 p.m. CST. Hunters will be selected for quota permits by computer drawing and will be notified by March 24.