Yanahli WMA

Site Directions: From I-65, the area can be accessed from either US 412 or state Hwy. 50.  This is the former TVA property along the Duck River, east of Columbia.

There is no checking station. It is in various tracts along the Duck River from Columbia east to the Marshall County line.  You will need a map to find your way around Yanahli WMA as there are many parcels of land scattered across the area.  It is tricky to navigate the area and signage is not always adequate. 
Lat-Long: 35.59058, -86.99806

Hours: daylight hours 

Seasonality: year round

Fees: none

Maury County • 12,800 acres

South east of Columbia

Tommy Edwards (931) 840-4042 • SG, wf, BG, HI

Special Use - Horses and other saddle and pack animals are prohibited during big game seasons. ATVs are prohibited.

Hooved animal riding permitted only by individuals possessing a valid hunting and fishing license and WMA permit or a High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit.

Hooved animal riding: possession of alcohol prohibited, must ride on designated trails only.

The use of any alcoholic beverages is prohibited by all users. During daylight hours, all users outside of an enclosed vehicle or out of camp must wear fluorescent orange during the deer gun and muzzleloader seasons.

Treestands must be marked with the hunter’s TWRA identification number. Leaving any personal property unattended for longer than 24 hours, without prior permission, may be impounded and may be disposed of according to state procedures.


Big Game

Big Game

Small Game

Small Game

Trapping Link


Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Centerfire can be used outside of any big game hunt and may be used during the deer gun season.

Quail Hunting

Quail Hunting

Quail - Nov. 6 - Jan. 15.

Coyote Hunting

Coyote Hunting

Dog training - Sept. 1 - March 15. Chasing fox, coyotes, and bobcats with dogs is not permitted.

Firing Ranges

Firing Range

Firing Range - Automatic weapons prohibited. Fri. Sat. Sun. Oct - Dec. 12pm - 5pm. See TWRA Firing Ranges Regional Information.






Sept. 25 - Oct. 29

Nov. 1 - 5

1 Antlered and 1 Antlerless




Nov. 6 - 12

1 Antlered deer


Nov. 13 - 19

1 deer, Either sex




Nov. 20 - 26

1 deer, Either sex


Nov. 26 - Jan 2

1 deer, Antlered only


Youth Hunt


Oct. 30 - 31

Jan. 8 - 9

Same as Unit B


* These are not bonus deer. All deer count toward Unit B statewide bag limits.



Elk hunting information can be found on Elk Regulations.


Sept 1. - Dec. 31.

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is an agreement that recognizes the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in member states. This means that illegal activities in one state can affect a person’s hunting or fishing privileges in all participating states. Any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a member state may also be suspended in Tennessee. If a person's hunting, fishing, or trapping rights are suspended in Tennessee, they may be suspended in member states as well. This cooperative interstate effort will enhance the Division of Wildlife’s ability to protect and manage our wildlife resources. See our website www.tnwildlife.org for more information.

Site Description: Cedar glades and oak-hickory hardwood forests are mixed with some cropland. Good mix of edge and forest provide for a diverse flora and fauna on the 12,800 acres of Yanahli WMA.

Wildlife to Watch: Early successional bird species are common, including Field SparrowIndigo BuntingRed-winged BlackbirdYellow-breasted Chat.

Willow Flycatcher and Blue-winged Warblers are local nesting birds uncommon elsewhere in middle Tennessee.

Forest birds include Summer and Scarlet TanagerWood Thrush, and Red-eyed VireoWild Turkey are common year round.

Yanahli WMA is part of the TN SWAP, Duck River Highlands and Headwaters Conservation Opportunity Area (COA)

Interactive Map of Yanahli WMA
Hunting Regulations Link
Driving Directions to Yanahli WMA
Buy a license link

NOTE:  These areas are used for recreational purposes.