Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

Hunting Season Dates & Regulations
Dove, Opossum, Quail, Rabbit, Raccoon, Snipe, Squirrel, & Woodcock1 Same as statewide seasons (except closed during
and archery and deer quota hunts and no spring squirrel season). Bag and possession limit same as statewide regulations. Non-toxic shot only.
Deer (Archery) Sept 24-Oct 28, Oct 31– Nov. 3, 2016. Area west of Interstate 40 same as statewide season except, except closed during Youth Gun and Quota Gun Seasons.  No hunter quota. Bag and possession limits same as statewide season.
Deer (Archery/Muzzleloader/Gun) Two hunts.  Nov. 4- 6, Nov. 11- 13, 2016. Hunter quota 250 per hunt. Two deer, either sex. You must harvest an antlerless deer before you harvest an antlered deer. Deer count as a bonus deer. Deer taken on quota gun hunts must be checked in with the state as harvested on Hatchie NWR.
Deer (Young Sportsman) One Hunt: Oct 29-30, 2016. Youth 6-16 may participate and must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older. No more than 1 youth per adult. 
Ducks, Geese, & Coots2
(Porter Tract Only)3
Tues., Thurs. and Sat. of both the early and regular statewide seasons (hunting until 12:00 noon only). Young Sportsman hunt open only on Saturday during the statewide youth hunt. Bag and possession limit in accordance with statewide regulations. Non-toxic shot only.
Spring Turkey 2017 Same as statewide. Non-quota (counts in statewide bag). Young Sportsman hunt to coincide with the statewide youth hunt and bag limit. Non-toxic shot only. Bag Limit: One (1) bearded turkey per season.


  1. Opossum and raccoon - hunting hours from sunset to one hour before sunrise. Closed the night before and during any archery and quota deer hunts. Beaver and coyote may be taken on any hunt.
  2. Only portable blinds or blinds of native vegetation may be used. Blinds and decoys must be removed each day.
  3. Porter Tract is that portion of the refuge that lies at the extreme east end of the refuge lying east of Richland Creek and the Big Eddy Road.