I've hunted LBL nearly every year since 1988.
Pressure has been tremendous in years past, when there weren't many birds on private land in Tennessee. As stocking efforts drastically improved the overall flock statewidethe pressure on LBL has subsided a bit.
Some years the quota hunts result in greater numbers of hunters. The non-quota hunts are after the quota hunts and are sometimes less crowded. If you are able to hunt during the week it is a big plus.
LBL is a great place. Thousands of undisturbed acres of timber and fields, no houses. Just some roads and turkey hunters. The turkeys are difficult to call. When you take one from LBL you can be proud of it.
I pretty much echo what he said. Birds there r as tuff as any in the nation. Lots of predators to deal with. One nasty habit a gobbler past 2 has is gobbling from the roost begrudgingly, shuttin up. BUT he's still in the tree
. U think he has flown down, but nooooooooooooo! Birds are also adept @ using terrain roll for periscoping your calling location. Be prepared for deer ticks by da millions, bobcats & yotes. Quota hunts preceed the two week public hunt, which begin April 17th, 2006. And it's true, u kill a 3+ yr old bird there, u can pat yourself on the back!