Public Land Duck Hunting
|R1 Waterfowl Sites||Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Quota Permit||TOTAL SITES||Open Access||Tier 2 locations||Tier 3 locations|
|Bogota (Draw Sites)||0||0||0||6||6||No||None||None|
|Bogota Pool 1 (Non-Draw Sites)||0||0||0||0||0||Yes||None||None|
|Camden Unit 1||28||5||2||0||35||No||104,106,107,108,133||132, 135|
|Camden Unit 2||6||1||0||0||7||No||74||None|
|Gooch - Unit A||25||5||5||0||35||No||28,30,31,34,35||27,29,32,33,36|
|Gooch - Unit E||0||0||0||10||10||No||None||None|
|John Tully - Fig Field||0||0||0||10||10||No||None||None|
|John Tully - Fullen Unit||0||0||0||1||1||No||None||None|
|Meeman-Shelby State Forest Park||0||0||0||9||9||No||None||None|
|Obion River - Maness Swamp Unit||0||0||0||5||5||No||None||None|
|Thorny Cypress (Draw Sites)||0||0||0||9||9||No||None||None|
|Thorny Cypress Pools 10-12 (Non-Draw Sites)||0||0||0||0||0||Yes||None||None|
|Tigrett||15||3||0||0||18||No||A1, A2, A4||None|
|White Oak - Lebanon Pond||0||0||0||10||10||No||None||None|
|R2 Waterfowl Sites||Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Quota Permit||TOTAL SITES||Open Access||Tier 2 locations||Tier 3 locations|
|Cheatham Lake WMA||30||4||0||0||34||Yes||14,15,16,17,||None|
|Old Hickory Unit 1||97||6||0||0||103||No||24,25,26,27,28,29||None|
|Old Hickory Unit 2||43||0||0||0||43||No||None||None|
|AEDC - Woods Reservoir||35||4||0||0||39||No||26,28,30,31||None|
|R3 Waterfowl Sites||Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Quota Permit||TOTAL SITES||Open Access||Tier 2 locations||Tier 3 locations|
|Chickamauga - Candies Creek||0||0||0||8||8||No||None||None|
|Chickamauga - Johnson Bottoms||0||0||0||5||5||No||None||None|
|Chickamauga - Rogers Creek||0||0||0||8||8||No||None||None|
|Chickamauga - Yellow Creek||0||0||0||5||5||No||None||None|
Permits for all tiers requiring permits will be issued by a computer application and drawing.
An application may be made by an individual or party (max party size is 8 adults).
Each party members' name will be included in the lottery, so a party of 5 has 5 chances to be selected, a party of 8 has 8 chances, etc.
No sign-ons can be made after the drawing.
Permits are nontransferable.
The cost is $12.00 non-refundable for the drawing. There is no cost to apply for holders of valid Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime Licenses, or seniors possessing a Type 167.
Tier 1 (season-long) application period is June 30 - July 21.
Drawing held in August.
Notice Of Intent (NOI) required. Hunters awarded a permit must return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” (NOI) which states they do or do not intend to hunt during their permitted hunt. The NOI may be submitted online through your www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com account, by U.S. mail or e-mail. Detailed information will be provided to successful applicants. If TWRA does not receive the NOI by the specified deadline, the permit will be forfeited and become a Tier 4 Blind.
No priority points will be issued for this drawing.
Individuals/Parties who receive a Season-Long Waterfowl Permit are ineligible for other waterfowl drawings.
Applications must be submitted through at www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com. No mail-in applications are accepted. When applying through the website, it is critical you include a current email address for your account. The following notifications will arrive ONLY by email: your application has been submitted and accepted into the system, you have successfully made changes to your application (hunt locations, group members, etc.), you were/were not selected for hunts, and how to obtain permits. You can log into your account at www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com at any time and see hunts you applied for, permits you were awarded, and your priority points balance.
Tier 2 and 3 permits will be issued during three (3) application periods during the regular duck season- early, middle, and late; corresponding to three 20-day periods. Local vacancy (leftover) drawings will be held after a Notice of Intent (NOI) period.
You will receive a priority point for each unsuccessful application. For example you apply for an Early Waterfowl Permit and are unsuccessful, you will receive a priority point for future Early Waterfowl drawings.
The cost is $12.00 non-refundable for each drawing. Example: The “Maximum Awarded Permits” for WMA Big Game is two, meaning two drawings are held for the same pool of applicants. You may choose to enter one drawing, you will only be eligible for one permit and the cost will be $12.00, plus any applicable fees. If you enter two drawings, you will be eligible for two permits and the cost will be $24.00, plus any fees. There is no cost to apply for holders of valid Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime Licenses, or seniors possessing a Type 167.
Priority Points are not transferable from one drawing to another. You will have the ability to apply for a priority point only if you wish not to hunt this year. These applications can only be submitted by individuals (not parties) and must be completed during the allotted application period.
For Early, Mid and Late waterfowl quota hunts, hunters awarded a permit must return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” (NOI) which states they do or do not intend to hunt during their permitted hunt. The NOI may be submitted online through your www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com account, by U.S. mail or e-mail. Detailed information will be provided to successful applicants. If TWRA does not receive the NOI by the specified deadline, the permit will be forfeited and become invalid. Any forfeited or invalid quota permits will be reallocated by a local, in-person drawing.
Customers wishing to sign up for vacancy drawings will need to sign up for the desired location using TWRA’s Event System and then attend the local drawing. You must be present to be awarded a vacancy permit.
Priority Point Details
Each of the 3 waterfowl quota hunt periods have unique and separate priority points. An individual is awarded one point for each unsuccessful application in a drawing. When a person is drawn for a quota hunt, their priority points for that application period will be reset to zero (0). Priority points only apply to the individual drawing in which they were earned, i.e., WMA Big Game, Spring Turkey, and the new Early Waterfowl, Middle Waterfowl, Late Waterfowl drawings.
Applicants with the highest priority are always drawn first. Points are not transferable from one drawing to another.
Priority points of parties will be averaged. If a party application is drawn, all members are awarded a permit and removed from drawing. If a party application is not drawn, all members receive one priority point
Existing Waterfowl priority points will all be applied to the Mid-Season application period. Points may not be moved to another application period nor be used on a season-long permit application.
How does the drawing work?
Applicants select specific hunt choices by location (WMA and hunt site) and dates and arrange these choices by preference. Please select only hunts you are interested in. Applicants will not be awarded a hunt they did not select.
The computer draw process awards applicants with the highest number of priority points first. If the applicant’s first choice is available, it is awarded. The program then moves on to the next applicant’s first choice. If the applicant’s first choice is not available, the program moves to that applicant's second choice, either awarding that choice if available (and moving on to the next applicant), or if not available, the program moves to the third choice, etc.
Each eligible application is included in the drawing. If you are in a party, each applicant in your party is entered into the drawing (so a party of 5 has 5 chances, etc). When a party application is selected, the drawing runs the location/date choices in the order they are entered on the party leader’s application. If successful, all members of the party are awarded a permit and removed from the drawing. If unsuccessful, all members of the party are unsuccessful and awarded one (1) priority point.
After the first attempt to award all permits is completed, the system repeats the drawing process, going through remaining choices until it has awarded all available permits. Applicants choose how many drawings they would like to participate in when applying. Each drawing entered creates the possibility of being awarded multiple permits per application.
Duck Hunting In Tennessee Background
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) approved several proposals by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for changes to public land duck hunting and blind draw procedures.
For many years Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has received public comments about how the current public land duck hunting system operates. The comments mostly fall into 2 categories: the need for increased duck hunting opportunities on public lands (i.e. more access) and concerns over the fairness of the handheld duck blind draw system. A scientific survey of duck hunters done in partnership with the University of Tennessee validated these comments, as well as other issues with in-person handheld draws, and desire for opportunities to hunt for shorter time periods.
In 2019, we made changes to make the in-person drawings more fair and equitable, with limited success. In 2020, due to COVID, all handheld duck blind drawings were computerized and online, which made the process fair and equitable for hunters across Tennessee.
For 2021, we are taking another step, by increasing the number of duck hunters who get drawn to hunt our public WMAs each season. This is an effort to increase public access for duck hunters. TWRA’s final approved proposal for public land duck hunting is a significant effort to increase access for hunters statewide and retain traditional season-long, 60-day blind locations as offered currently. In addition to the 414 season-long blinds, there will be 53 hunt locations designated for quota hunts for 2, 3, 4, or 7-day periods at a marked location or an Agency-built blind. There are no changes proposed to privately-owned/permanent registered blinds.