Cheatham WMA

Directions and Description

Site Directions: Take Hwy 49 toward Charlotte, across the river, and continue four miles to Hwy. 250, turn left onto Hwy 250, and go four miles to the WMA entrance, on your left.  The check station is three miles from the entrance and maps are outside the check station.  Checking Station - Lat: 36.20276°N Long: -87.10089°W

The WMA is open year-round during daylight hours, with access dependent on hunting seasons.   License fees may apply.

Contact Information: Region 2 Office: 615-781-6622, Toll-Free: 1-800-624-7406, E-mail the office

Cheatham WMA, 20.810 acres, consists of primarily upland hardwood forests with some pine stands present. There are also open fields, scrub shrubs, and food plots where wildlife may congregate. Miles of gates roads and ATV trails are excellent hiking trails and are available in many places off the main gravel roads that snake through the WMA. Spring and fall passerine migration can be fantastic, with many warblersvireos, and tanagers present. Blackburnian Warbler and Bay-breasted Warbler are possible migrants in spring, while Prairie Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat nest on site. Cerulean Warblers are uncommon nesting birds. Deer and Wild turkeys are commonly seen on roadsides and in fields year-round. 

Buy a license link
Interactive Map
Driving Directions
Hunting Regulations Link

Special Use - Hooved animal riding is permitted only by individuals possessing a valid hunting and fishing license and WMA permit or a High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit. Riding is allowed in designated areas only, horses and ATVs are only allowed on the main gravel road. Horses and other saddle and pack animals are prohibited during big game seasons. 

Unauthorized entry or presence is prohibited between sunset and sunrise.

Small Game and TrappingSame as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Small game hunting closed one (1) day prior and during all big game quota hunts.

Antlered Restrictions: Deer must have at least four antler points on one side or a fifteen (15) inch minimum outside spread except during the Young Sportsman hunt. All harvested deer count toward the statewide bag limit.

Deer (Archery Hunt) - Sept. 28 – Oct. 20, 2024. No quota. One (1) deer antlered and one (1) antlerless. Antler restrictions apply

Deer (Young Sportsman Hunt, Non Quota)  - Oct. 19 – 20, 2024. One (1) deer antlered and one (1) antlerless. No antler restrictions.

Deer (Muzzleloader Hunt) - Two (2) hunts: Oct. 25 – 27, 2024  &  Nov. 1 – 3, 2024. Hunter quota 450. One (1) deer antlered and one (1) antlerless. Antler restrictions apply

Deer (Gun Hunt) - Two hunts: Nov. 8 – 15, 2024 &  Nov. 23–30, 2024. Quota 450. One (1) antlered and one (1) antlerless. Antler restrictions apply.

Deer (Gun Hunt, Non-quota) - Dec. 1, 2024 – Jan. 4, 2025. One (1) antlerless deer.

Turkey - Same as statewide spring season. Bag limit one (1) male bird during the first 14 days of the statewide season, not to exceed two (2) for the season.

Quail - Nov. 2, 2024 - Jan. 15, 2025.

Dog training - Daylight hours only.

Shooting range - Open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Automatic weapons are prohibited.  Range page.

Camping - Open during deer and turkey seasons to any hunters who are actively hunting the WMA


Cheatham Archery Range

Cheatham WA Archery
Cheatham WMA Sign
Cheatham WA Archery
Cheatham WMA Sign
Cheatham WMA Archery Range Sign
Cheatham WMA Sign