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Region 3 Dove Fields

Current fields as of September 11, 2019.

Please check this page often for changes and additions.

Remember shotgun plugs and Migratory Bird Permit.

Hunter Education required for those born on or after January, 1, 1969.

 

Crops planted:  12 acres of top sown wheat, 7 acres fallow field,

Hunt dates:   Sept 1(at noon).  Same as the statewide season except hunting will end at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts.  Drive in allowed only on opening day.

Directions:   I-40, take the Sparta-Cookeville Exit (Exit #287/Hwy. 136) and go south approximately 2 miles and connect with Hwy. 111 S. Go south on Hwy. 111 to the Sparta-Smithville Exit (Hwy. 70) which is just past McDonalds and Wal-Mart; Turn left (east) onto Hwy. 70, go through Sparta, past the Courthouse and up the plateau past the Rock House Historic Site and Scenic Overlook; About one mile past the Bondecroft School turn right onto Eastland Road at Bondecroft Headstart Village; go 6.5 miles past Scotts Gulf Road.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.87237 , W -85.2728

WMA Small Game Permit required.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions 

Lumber Yard Field

Crops Planted: 7 acres of corn--bush hogged and wheat--top sown

Hunt dates: Sept 1(at noon).  Same as the statewide season except hunting will end at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts.

Directions:

  • From I-40 exit 320 go North on Highway 298 (Genesis Rd) approx. 5 miles and turn right onto Fox Creek Trail Road.  The Dove field is on the left just past main gate.
  • From I-40 exit 322 go North on highway 101 (Peavine Rd) 1.9 miles and turn left onto Fire Tower Road and follow to main gate.  From main gate go approx.  .25 miles and turn left onto Fox Creek Trail Road.  4 Wheel Drive needed to cross Fox Creek. Go approx. 2.1 miles and field will be on your right.

GPS Coordinates: N 36.043983 W-84.962436

WMA Small Game Permit Required.  

 

Potter Place Fields

Crops Planted: 15 acres of buckwheat, 11 acres of wheat - top sown

  • From I-40 exit 320 go North on Highway 298 (Genesis Rd) approx. 7.75 miles and turn right onto Potters Ford Road.  Go approx. and follow 3.3 miles until road tee’s into Peavine\\Otter Creek Road and turn left.  Go approx. 2 miles fields are on the left through cabled off road.
  • From I-40 exit 322 go North on highway 101 (Peavine Rd) 1.9 miles and turn left onto Fire Tower Road and follow to main gate.  From main gate go approx. 5.4 miles fields are on the left through cabled off road.

GPS Coordinates: N 36.057974 W -84.860093

WMA Small Game Permit required on all units.

WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions

Washington Ferry Unit

Crops:   5 acres wheat -- top sown

Hunt dates: Sept 1(at noon).  Same as statewide season except hunting will end at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts.

Directions: Ten miles East of Hwy. 30 & 302 from Dayton.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.553466  W -84.876556


Cottonport Unit

Crops Planted: 10 acres of soybeans -- shelled NOTE:  Field was planted late.  Will be open on Sept 1, but crop will not be ready til October.

Hunt dates: Sept 1(at noon).   Same as statewide season except hunting will end at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts.

Directions: Three miles east off Hwy. 30 from Dayton.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.493990  W -84.883180

 

Shelton Bottoms

Crops:  20 acres corn, 8 acres wheat --top sown 

Hunt dates:  Sept 1(at noon). Same as statewide season except hunting will end at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts.

Directions:    From I-75,  take the Hwy 20 (Lamontville Rd) exit and go North and take a left on Hwy 4 (Shelton Rd).  Follow all the way to sharp curve to gravel road.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.32950 W -84.82630

Must have a WMA permit

WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions

Crops planted:  20 acres millet, 10 acres corn, 30 acres wheat

Hunt dates:    All hunt on Sept. 1, 12 (Noon - Sunset).   NO BOAT ACCESS

Youth Hunt:   Saturday, September 7, 2019 (Noon - Sunset), there will be a youth dove hunt (ages 10-15) on Hiwassee Refuge WMA.  All youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age. Steel shot is required.​   Register For the Event   

Directions: From Hwy 58 and Hwy 60 near Georgetown, TN take Hwy 60 West, go 6.7 miles and turn right onto Old Hwy 60. Go 0.7 miles and turn right onto Blythe Ferry Road. Go 0.4 miles and turn left onto Meigs County Road 163. Take right fork to parking area. From Hwy 27 and Hwy 60 in Dayton, TN take Hwy 60 East. Go 8.3 miles and turn left onto Old Hwy 60. Follow directions as given above.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.39628, W -84.99199

WMA Small Game Permit required.   No access is permitted by boat. Nontoxic shot is required for hunting doves.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions 

Crops planted:   15 acres sunflower, 25  acres of millet

Hunt dates:  Sept. 1(at noon) by hand-held drawing.  Sept. 2 through remainder of statewide season, same as statewide regulations.  Drawing to be conducted on Aug. 24 at Independence Community Center. Drawing sign-up begins at 4 p.m. local time.  Drawing will be held at 5 p.m. local time, with approximately 50 hunters being drawn. Hunters must be present to be drawn. 

Directions: From Livingston take Hwy 111 toward Byrdstown. Turn left (west) onto Hwy 294. Take Hwy 294 for 5.3 miles and turn left at the Independence Community Center. From this road go 0.3 miles and turn right at the Jackson Swamp WMA sign.

GPS Coordinates: N 36.49032, W -85.30077

WMA Small Game Permit required.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions 

Crops planted:   8 acres wheat--top sown, 18 acres corn

Hunt dates:   Sept. 1 and 2 only.   Noon to sunset only on Sept. 1.       NOTE: Early goose and early wood duck/teal season is closed on this WMA.

Directions:  From the Midtown Exit on Interstate 40 (Exit 350). Travel east on Hwy.70 for 1.6 miles. Turn right on Bluff Road at the Rocky Top Market immediately before the Clinch River and travel 2.0 miles. Turn left on Bowman’s Bend Road and travel 1.8 miles. From the intersection of Hwy. 58 and Hwy. 70 in Kingston. Travel west on Hwy. 70 for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Bluff Road at the Rocky Top Market immediately across the Clinch River and travel 2.0 miles. Turn left on Bowman’s Bend Road and travel 1.8 miles

GPS Coordinates: N 35.84872, W-84.55644

WMA Small Game Permit required.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions 

Varner Unit

Crops planted:   20 acres wheat -- top sown

Hunt dates:  September 1 and each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the statewide season.  Hunting is allowed only from noon to sunset each hunting day.  No dove hunters or dove hunting equipment on dove fields prior to 7 am on opening day of the first segment of the dove season.

Directions: From I-75 go north on Hwy. 153 and cross Chickamauga Dam. Go to the 2nd red light and turn right onto Hamill Road. Cross N. Chickamauga Creek and turn left on Cassandra Smith Road. Go approximately 0.6 mile and turn between the yellow/brown boundary stakes past an old dairy farm. Park in the gravel area at the end of the road.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.14019, W-85.21568

WMA Small Game Permit required.

Rogers Unit

Crops planted: 10 acres of wheat - top sown

Hunt dates:   September 1 and each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the statewide season.  Hunting is allowed only from noon to sunset each hunting day.  No dove hunters or dove hunting equipment on dove fields prior to 7 am on opening day of the first segment of the dove season.

Directions:
From the Chickamauga Dam, go west on Hwy. 153. Turn right onto Hixon Pike (Rd. 319); go 1.5 miles and turn left onto Middle Valley Rd. Go 0.4 mile and turn left onto Lower Mill Road. Go 0.2 mile to the Rogers Tract on the left at the sign.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.16403, W-85.21931

WMA Small Game Permit required.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions 

Crops planted:   15 acres wheat --burned, 15 acres sunflowers -- bush hogged, 15 acres millet-- burned, 20 acres wheat -- top sown

Hunt dates:   Same as statewide seasons. Noon to sunset only on Sept. 1.

Directions:   On Hwy. 70 in Smithville, turn south on Hwy. 146 between the Dairy Queen and Bank. Go approximately 10 miles on this highway (Short Mountain Road). Turn at the sign for Mt. Ararat Church of Christ-Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (hard turn to the right). Go 2 miles to 3 large oak trees, turn right, then next left on gravel road. WMA is marked with signs. Dove field is adjacent to large fishing pond.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.90024, W-85.92382

WMA Small Game Permit required.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions 

Salting Ground Field

Crops planted: 10 acres of wheat-- topsown

Hunt Dates:  Open Sept 1(noon) with statewide seasons.

Directions:  HWY 27 (Suck Creek Mountain Road) To Choctaw Trail, Turn onto Game Reserve Road, Enter Prentice Cooper about a mile first game fields on Game Reserve Road.

WMA Small Game Permit is required.

GPS Coordinates:  N 35.15378, W -85.41611

WMA Map (zoom in to see dove fields) and Google Directions

McGhee Carson Unit

Crops planted:   8 acres wheat -- top sown, 8 acres millet -- bush hogged, 9 acres fallow -- bush hogged

Hunt dates:   Sept. 2 ( noon to sunset).  Young Sportsman Hunting (ages 6-16).  The Young Sportsman must be accompanied by an Adult 21 years of age or older, who may not hunt or carry hunting devices.  Either the youth or adult must possess a valid wildlife management area permit.  

Directions: From Interstate 75, take Exit 72 East. Travel 15.3 miles on Highway 72. Turn Left on Highway 411 North and travel 2.3 miles.  Turn Right on Highway 360 and travel 1.9 miles.* Turn Left on McGhee Carson Road and travel to the first gravel road on Left past orange gate.  There is parking there before you enter field.

GPS Coordinates: N 35.57816, W-84.2035

WMA Small Game Permit required.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions 

Crops planted:   10 acres sunflowers

Hunt dates:    Opens September 1 (noon - sunset). Same as statewide season.

Directions:   From Gainesboro take Hwy 53 North approximately 1.5 miles to Dodson Branch Rd. Turn right on Dodson Branch Rd. and travel approximately 5.75 miles. Dove field will be on the left side of Dodson Branch Rd at The Boils WMA.

GPS Coordinates: N 36.35108, W -85.57595

WMA Small Game Permit required.


WMA Map (zoom in to see dove field) and Google Map Directions