Waterfowl

 

Hunting Information

 

Waterfowl Hunting on WMA

WMA Maps 

West Tennessee

BarkleyBogota (Draw Site)Big SandyBogota(Non Draw Site),   Camden,   Gin CreekGooch,   Gooch Unit E,   Harmon Creek,   John Tully-Fig Field/Fullen North UnitsMeeman-Shelby State Forest ParkObion River--Maness Swamp Unit,  Thorny Cypress(Non Draw Sites),   Thorny Cypress (Draw Site)TigrettReelfoot,   West Sandy,   White Oak

Middle Tennessee

Haynes BottomOld Hickory Unit IOld Hickory Unit II,  Woods ReservoirCheatham Lake

Cumberland Plateau

Chickamauga WMA Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek Units

Annual Draw Blinds (1st Saturday in August)

Hand-held drawings will be held on the first Saturday in August for waterfowl blind sites on AEDC (Woods Reservoir), Barkley (Unit I), Big Sandy (including Gin Creek Unit), Camden (Units I and II), Cheatham Lake, Gooch (Unit A), Harmon Creek, Haynes Bottom, Old Hickory (Units I and II), Reelfoot, Tigrett and West Sandy WMAs. 

Individuals wishing to compete in the drawing must appear in person at the designated location and submit an application between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.  The drawings will be held immediately after the last person signs up.  One application is permitted per person and no one may apply for more than one area. Each applicant must be at least sixteen (16) years of age to compete in the drawing or sign-on.   A valid Lifetime, Annual or Senior Citizen Sportsman License, or an Annual WMA Small Game and Waterfowl Permit (along with a Type 001 or 071 as appropriate) are the minimum needed to enter the blind site drawings in August.  For full list of license requirements to waterfowl hunt, see above.

The permittee, who is the person to whom the TWRA issued a permit, or any of their sign-ons, must occupy the blind by the legal shooting time on days they wish to hunt. The permittee or sign-ons have priority use (exclusive and uninterrupted) only if they are in the blind on or before the legal shooting time, regardless of whether or not the blind is occupied by another person or party, provided the permittee produces identification and his/her blind permit.  

If a blind is not occupied by the permittee or a sign-on by legal shooting time, the first person or party occupying the blind shall be entitled to the privilege of its exclusive and uninterrupted use until the end of shooting hours that day.  Exclusive and uninterrupted use entitles the person or party the right to exclude all others from the blind, at the person’s or party’s option, except for law enforcement personnel engaged in the performance of their duties;

No more than 8 individuals, age 16 or older, may occupy a permanent (annual) draw blind at any time; no restrictions on the number of youths under age 16.

All decoys must be removed by the owner of the blind within ten days after the close of waterfowl season, unless otherwise indicated under the individual WMA listing. Refer to the Waterfowl Hunting Guide for additional restrictions.

Waterfowl hunting on all the above WMAs (except Big Sandy, Camden (Unit II), Harmon Creek, Reelfoot, and West Sandy) permitted only from permanent blind sites allocated by the annual hand-held drawing, unless otherwise specified.

On Big Sandy, Camden (Unit II), Harmon Creek, Reelfoot, and West Sandy, hunting is permitted from registered blind sites and from temporary blinds or hides.  Temporary blinds and decoys must be at least 200 yards from any permanent blind.  Blinds, blind materials, boats, hides and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day.

Waterfowl Quota Hunts (Computerized/Hand Held Draw)

Blind/pool sites at Bogota, Chickamauga (Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek Units), Gooch (Unit E), Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and Natural Area, Thorny Cypress, White Oak (Lebanon Pond area) will be allocated by a computerized drawing. Hunters can apply through any TWRA license agent or on the internet at www.tnwildlife.org from Sept. 7-28, 2016. There is a $12 application fee plus a $1 license agent fee for applying through a TWRA license agent. For applying on the internet the application fee is $12 plus a $2.50 fee charged by the company handling internet sales. Lifetime, Annual, and Senior Citizen Sportsman license holders are exempt from the application fee.  Hunters that are drawn will be notified in late October.

Hunters that are successful in drawing a blind/pool site on Gooch (Unit E), Bogota, Thorny Cypress, and White Oak (Lebanon Pond Area) must, two weeks or more prior to their hunt date, return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” which states they do intend to hunt their assigned blind/pool. Hunters that are successful in drawing a blind site on Chickamauga (Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek) and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and Natural Area must, by Nov. 4, 2016, return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” which states they do intend to hunt their assigned blind pool.

If the “Notice of Intent” is not received by TWRA by the specified deadline, the blind/pool will become vacant. Any vacant blinds/pools will be reallocated by a hand-held drawing.

For the Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek Units of Chickamauga, a hand-held drawing for vacant blinds will be held Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. (EST) at the Hiwassee Refuge, 525 Priddy Lane, Birchwood, TN 37308. Information concerning availability of vacant blinds/pools can be obtained at www.tnwildlife.org, or by contacting the Region III Office at 1-800-262-6704.

For Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, hand-held drawings for vacant blind sites will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Registration for the drawings will begin at 8 a.m. and take place at 10 a.m. at the Park Recreation Lodge (for information contact Chris Park at (901) 876-5169).

Gooch (Unit E) hand-held drawings for vacancies will occur each Monday from Nov. 21 - Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Kenton Gym, 206 West College St., Kenton, TN 38233. For more information contact Larry Armstrong at (731) 749-5587.

White Oak (Lebanon Pond area) will conduct hand-held drawings for vacant blind sites on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Milledgeville City Park, behind the Milledgeville Fire Station off of Highway 22A (for information contact Chad Harden at (731) 687-3444).

For Bogota and Thorny Cypress, hand-held drawings for vacancies will occur each Monday from Nov. 21 - Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Dyersburg TWRA Workbase.  Information concerning availability of vacant blinds/pools can be obtained at www.tnwildlife.org, or by contacting Jason Maxedon at (731) 285-6124.

All hunting on computer drawn areas is permitted only from designated temporary blind sites. A blind may not be hunted unless a hunter who was drawn for that blind site and hunt date is present and possesses a valid TWRA blind site confirmation number.

If a drawn hunter is not present the blind site will not be hunted.

A hunter drawn for a blind may bring up to four additional hunters. Decoys and temporary blinds may be left out during the specified hunt period but may not be set out until the first day of your permitted hunt.

No portion of a blind used for discharging firearms at game may be locked or barricaded when the blind is not in use.

Walk-in Areas (no special permits needed)

Hunting is permitted on several WMAs (or special portions of WMAs) with only the required license(s) and a WMA Permit (no special quota or draw permits required).  Areas with Walk-In hunting include:   Big Sandy, Camden (Unit II), Harmon Creek, Reelfoot, and West Sandy, hunting is permitted from registered blind sites and from temporary blinds or hides.  Temporary blinds and decoys must be at least 200 yards from any permanent blind.  Blinds, blind materials, boats, hides and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day.

Wheelchair-bound Blinds

Wheelchair-bound hunts, zones, or blinds are open to hunters who are totally and permanently confined to a wheelchair as certified by a physician. Certain WMAs have special blind sites established for wheelchair-bound hunters which include: Camden, Cheatham Lake, North Chickamauga Creek, Old Hickory, Reelfoot, and West Sandy. See specific WMAs for regulations. On wheelchair-bound waterfowl hunts, each wheelchair-bound hunter must be accompanied by at least one, but not more than three assistants (at least one of whom must be age 16 years or older), who may also participate in the hunt.  Hunts are a blind draw and applications for the wheelchair-bound hunts must be received by noon on the fourth Friday of October at appropriate office. 

Applications for Reelfoot are available below and by calling (731) 253-7343.

Applications for Camden and West Sandy are available below and by calling (731) 423-5725.

Applications for Cheatham and Old Hickory are available from the Region II office, (615) 781-6622.

Information for North Chickamauga Creek (Varner Unit) is available from the Region III Office, (931) 484-9571.

The following are photos of wheelchair-accessible blind site at Camden WMA.
Camden Weehchair-accessible BlindCamden Weehchair-accessible BlindCamden Weehchair-accessible BlindCamden Weehchair-accessible Blind

Temporary Blinds & Decoys

Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day, unless otherwise indicated under the individual WMA listing.

All decoys must be removed by the owner of the blind within ten days after the close of waterfowl season, unless otherwise indicated under the individual WMA listing. Refer to the 2011 Waterfowl Guide for additional restrictions.

Youths Hunting Waterfowl On A WMA

Youths, ages 6–15, must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device except as otherwise noted.