Turkey “Dance-Off” Season is Here!

Turkey “Dance-Off” Season is Here!

Turkeys across Land Between The Lakes are strutting their stuff this week as their breeding season is revving up.  Male turkeys (called ‘Toms’) are fanning their tail feathers, gobbling, fluffing and puffing up their body feathers to show off their iridescent plumage. They tout their vibrant and red, white, and blue head coloration. All of this is done in a concentrated effort to woo their favorite female turkeys (hens) while discouraging other lesser males from the dance floor. If push comes to shove, these pretty-boys will fight each other using their long spurs to thrash the competition into submission. These breeding…
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Baby Bison Begin to Arrive!

Baby Bison Begin to Arrive!

  Submitted by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes It’s that time of year again. Bison at the Elk and Bison Prairie and the South Bison Range are starting to have their calves! Three calves were born at the Elk and Bison Prairie over the weekend. One calf was born at the South Bison Range, across from the Homeplace 1850's Working Farm and Living History Museum. A second calf was born there today (Tuesday, April 14, 2015). These calves are the first of many to come. Most bison calves on Land Between The Lakes will be born during the months…
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New Bison Mount at Golden Pond Visitor Center

New Bison Mount at Golden Pond Visitor Center

Submitted by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes A new bison mount was installed in the Golden Pond Visitor Center. Visitors can get a closer look at one of these big, beautiful animals. "This was a 21 year old bison bull who lived here at Land Between The Lakes. You can see all the wear on his big, well used horns. He was aging and declining in health. After seeing him, we hope to encourage people to see and appreciate the herds for themselves," says Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes. His high placement in the visitor center…
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Forest Management Update

Forest Management Update

  Dear Friends, In a conference call on Tuesday, we met with the Forest Service Washington Office and Congressional Staffers from Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitefield’s offices. I shared our plans with them of how we will move forward with our Forest Management. I want to also share them here with you. We are working with our Regional and Washington Offices to modify our existing timber sales. We will be adding “buffer zones” to address visuals along Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway. We have a better understanding now of visual importance to our visitors. In…
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Daffodils Are Blooming!

Daffodils Are Blooming!

Submitted by Brian Truskey, Communications Department Apprentice. The daffodils have started blooming at Land Between The Lakes! In 2007 daffodils had to be moved for the US68/KY80 highway construction project. This past November volunteers replanted many of them in Land Between The Lakes. With the coming of spring the benefits of their work can be seen. Over the next few weeks see them blooming along 68/80 near the west and east welcome signs by the bridges. Thank you to all who came out to replant these beautiful flowers! Visit Land Between The Lakes and see the daffodils and a variety of…
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Time Travelers Guide to the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum

Time Travelers Guide to the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum

  Submitted by Brian Truskey, Communications Department Apprentice and Cindy Earls, Lead Interpreter at the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum. Head through the doors at the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and step back in time. Experience what life was like on a middle Tennessee farm in the 1850s. Since many people have never been on a farm, let alone an 1850s farm, we put together this time traveler’s guide to improve your understanding of the mid-1800s. As any experienced time traveler can tell you, the best way to visit the past is to blend in. This guide includes…
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Archery Deer Harvest Totals

Archery Deer Harvest Totals

Information provided by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes Kentucky Land Between The Lakes' archery hunters have reported harvesting more deer than were checked during the two Kentucky firearms quota hunts earlier this year. A total (so far) of 214 from the beginning of the season in September through the end of November. 87% of Land Between The Lakes Kentucky deer hunters reported their harvests through Telecheck, which provides us with minimal biological information. SUMMARY OF LBL KENTUCKY ARCHERY TELECHECKED DEER HARVESTS (186 Deer) Month County # Bucks # Does # Male Fawns September Lyon 7 6 0 September…
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