If you do not track LBL hunting requlations. they have changed to coincide with the TN state reqular season (which cuts out about 16 days off of January hunting). The LBL season used to run to the weekend of Martin Luther King Day. Now the Forest Service wants to end it on the State closing day (first weekend of January).
My friend has been in correspondance with the 'Wildlife Program Manager for LBL. A quote for the reason for doing this is:
"One reason cited for declining hunter participation nationally is complicated regulations, and several bowhunters show up at LBL assuming we are on statewide archery seasons. So this was two-fold, reduce late season hunting pressure (especially since LBL was only place in TN open that last week) and help to make our archery dates easier to remember."
My friend is a biologist/forester type. He states that the Forest Service has not done any of the proper procedures to change the LBL hunting season.
1. hunters assume statewide season - the LBL season is open for the statewid season plus the extra days, so how does that inconvience anybody?
2. reduce late season hunting pressure - Really, you guys who hunt bow at LBL see that many other hunters?
The LBL Forest Service contact is:
Steve Bloemer Land Between The Lakes 100 Van Morgan Drive Golden Pond, KY 42211 (270) 924-2069 firstname.lastname@example.org
-------------------- Bob Brundage Clarksville, TN Posts: 473 | From: Clarksville, TN | Registered: Jan 2004
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That sucks Bob. Hate to hear that. I had high hopes of having an organization that could help fight things like that.
Posts: 1725 | From: Cumberland Plateau,Tennessee | Registered: Oct 2004
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..Stewart County, TN, which borders LBL is in Unit L yet LBL continues to hold to their 2 deer limit for the entire property. Imagine the revenue that the towns surrounding LBL on both the KY and TN end would see IF a 15 inch or 4 pts. or better program was implemented. ALSO imagine the additional revenues the KY Game and Fish and TN Wildlife Resources would realize if they reinstated the one buck per state side of LBL for bowhunters. I know I would like to venture over to the KY side and see new territory but am not privy to KY private land to hunt. SO I refuse to buy a non-resident tag from KY to hunt over there when there is only a 2 deer/1 buck limit for the entire LBL.....what they fail to realize is that less and less people are utilizing the resource and that means a forest service employee is expendable. Like we said on the police department when crime was rampant and we were going after the bad guys--By golly, its job security! The hunter is spending money on American made equipment and utilizing the resource.Bicyclists and hikers make up a percentage but all combined are not enough to keep the wild areas open without the hunters in the woods.Urbanites only want to ride their Harleys and SUVs thru the area but certainly aren't going to hike or walk the woods....LIBERALS seem to be in the positions once held by common-sense folks that knew the importance of multi-use of a resource to achieve a maximum yield....
Posts: 614 | From: Land Between the Lakes, TN | Registered: Feb 2005
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