Deer Harvest at Martins Fork Lake, Harlan, Ky.Martins Fork Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administers 1,074 acres of land as part of the Martins Fork Lake Project.  Much of this land is open to public hunting.  White-tailed deer, turkey, squirrel, and grouse are present at Martins Fork WMA.  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) administers the wildlife management program and cooperates with the Corps to perform management practices to benefit wildlife.  KDFWR and Corps personnel maintain wildlife food plots for the benefit of the wildlife.  The food plots are interspersed among undeveloped woodlands and make for excellent hunting.

Hunting at Martins Fork WMA is open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping.

Portable tree stands are allowed, but must be removed at the end of each day’s hunt.

No vehicles of any type may be taken off of authorized roadways.   


The Smith Recreation Area and the Resource Managers Office/Operations Area is closed to public hunting.

Reminder: It is prohibited to possess a loaded firearm, ammunition, loaded projectile firing devices, bows and arrows, crossbows, or other weapons unless: 1) In the possession of a Federal, State, or Local Law Enforcement Officer 2) Being used for hunting or fishing as permitted under State and Federal Law, or 3) Being used at an authorized shooting range.

There are no authorized shooting ranges currently open to the public at Martins Fork Lake.  Therefore, target shooting and sighting in of firearms is prohibited.