The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been informed that the quota deer hunts scheduled for the Land Between the Lakes Wildlife Management Area will go on as scheduled.
If the federal government shutdown continues when the hunts are underway, the South Welcome Center in Tennessee will not be open to check deer.
Successful hunters will have to check in deer through the TWRA’s REAL system as they do now for the nonquota archery hunts.
Land Between the Lakes remains open to hunting, back country camping, and hiking. However, all facilities that are normally staffed are closed. Persons in need of a hunting permit will need to purchase those online or at a license agent other than the LBL visitor centers. Land Between the Lakes is an area of 170,000 acres, 60,000 of which are in Tennessee’s Stewart County between Dover and Paris Landing.
The closures have come due to the lapse in appropriated funds, affecting all public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.). For more information, FAQs, and updates, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.