Hunting Season on Kentucky Lake

Patty Hughes

Hunting Season on Kentucky Lake

Cooler temperatures are almost here and you know what that means!  Bring out the camouflage! Kentucky Lake transforms from a fine fishery into a hunter’s haven.  Kentucky Lake could be your home base for up to 20 public land locations open to all kinds of recreational/sport hunting.  Some of the locations are right across Eggner’s Ferry bridge in Aurora and all within an hours drive of Marshall County and Kentucky Lake.  Whether you’re hunting for deer, turkey, or

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other species, consider giving Kentucky Lake and the Western Kentucky area a shot for your next hunting trip!  We hope to provide you with the best information to plan your trip from permit and license information, lodging and accommodations, to season dates and places to eat.

  Our most popular species to hunt is deer or turkey, however, coyote hunts have been known to be exciting,

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and waterfowl can be just as exciting depending on the WMA you choose.  We are considered zone 1 for deer in which a hunter may harvest an unlimited number of antler-less deer with a statewide deer permit and additional deer permits. The statewide permit allow for the harvest of up to four deer, each additional deer permit allows for up to two more deer to be harvested.  Season dates are now open for archery, and 11/14/20 – 11/29/20 for modern gun.

Fall turkey season happens 10/24/20 – 10/30/20. Archery and crossbow are currently happening now. Rules and restrictions can be seen by clicking here.  Land Between the Lakes is a great location to consider for fall turkey season! Purchase your license online and then skip down to the lodging portion of the blog to figure out where you need to stay! 

Other species to consider for our area include migratory birds and waterfowl, coyotes, squirrel hunting, and more.  Duck season will take place 11/26/20 – 11/29/20 and 12/7/20 – 1/31/21.  Dove season is happening now through 10/26/20! We highly recommend the Ballard Wildlife Management Area for these types of hunts. Be sure to have your hunting license,

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migratory bird permit, hunter education card, and HIP survey confirmation number before heading to a particular WMA.  And don’t for about the coyotes, it can be done year-round!  All of the information you need can be found online at fw.ky.gov. 

To purchase your licenses online, please visit Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife website at https://fw.ky.gov/Licenses/Pages/Fees.aspx

The Western Kentucky area boasts 20 public land wildlife management areas available to you for hunting with the proper permits and licenses. The Ballard WMA is popular for dove and waterfowl, Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area can be a great place to test out your luck for turkey or deer. 

Patty Hughes

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Information on hunting specifically in Land Between the Lakes can be found by clicking hereFor a complete list of wildlife management areas in this region, click the link here to download the entire hunting and trapping guide created by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. 


Now where to stay!  Listed below are a couple of our lodging options that provide special discounts, amenities, and rates just for hunters! Some of the rates may have expiration dates or only work in certain instances so be sure to call and ask for more specific information before booking your room!

          -KY Lake Log Home will be offering their winter rate of $160 per night to hunters.  This 3 bedroom house sleeps up to 11, so grab a couple of buddies and split the cost for a great weekend of hunting with friends!  

Fin’N’Feather Lodge

Early American Motel

          -Early American Motel in Aurora will offer a 15% discount. This location also features at game cleaning station with a deer hoist, running water, and lighting; a chest freezer and bagged ice.  Please use the code “gohunting” when booking on their website www.earlyamericanmotel.com!  This property is also very close to Land Between the Lakes!

          -While Fin’N’Feather does not offer a special discount, they also have a game hanger with water and lights, as well as an outdoor fireplace with stocked wood for the perfect evening!

          -Almost all of our resorts, offer off-season rates!  Check out our entire lodging database, by clicking here!

We also have listed here some nearby Taxidermists as well!
-Creative Creatures Taxidermy – 270-556-0341
-Nesbitt Taxidermy – 270-293-7437
Blue Moon Taxidermy – 270-227-0460
-Dowdy’s Taxidermy & Deer Processing – 270-376-5270

Last but not least, you gotta eat, right!  We have lots of great food options throughout our entire county that feature some great homestyle cooking, BBQ, burgers, and sweet treats.  Dad’s Place for some great Chicago style food and live music; Harbor Lights Restaurant at Kentucky Dam Village for an excellent buffet and open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Dam Brewhaus Grill is a great stop for a large variety of craft beers and a pretty good menu too; and don’t forget about Fast Eddie’s in Fairdealing with a great menu of fried fish, burgers, pizzas, desserts, and more.

So there you have it folks! You now know the “whats” and “wheres” of hunting around Kentucky Lake and the Western Kentucky region. Start planning your hunting trip today!

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