Ernest Rice WMA

Site Directions: From Dyersburg, take Hwy 104 west approximately 10 miles to sign for Ernest Rice WMA. Two points of access can be reached on the south side of Hwy 104. Area signs are posted. 

Lat: 36.06089°N Long: -89.60340°W

Hours: Daylight hours. 

Seasonality: Year-round, access dependent on hunting seasons.

Dyer County • 2,900 acres
Josh Emerson (731) 285-6124  

Dog training is closed. Hunters (except raccoon, opossum, and turkey hunters) may not enter WMA prior to 2 hours before sunrise and be off WMA by one hour after sunset or legal hunting/shooting time.

Same as statewide season, except small game hunting is closed during the big game gun hunt and except as noted.

Waterfowl, Raccoon, Opossum - Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Waterfowl, raccoon, and opossum seasons are not closed during the big game hunts.

Waterfowl - Waterfowl hunting from temporary blinds only. No blinds, blind materials, boats, or decoys may be left overnight.

Deer - Open with statewide season dates but restricted to Archery Equipment Only - no hunting with muzzleloaders or guns for deer except in 7 day gun season listed below. Archery season is closed during the young sportsman gun hunts. Antlered deer must have nine antler points or a minimum outside beam spread of twenty (20) inches. Archers must comply with legal blaze orange requirements during regular statewide Muzzleloader and Gun Season dates.

Deer (Gun) - One hunt: Dec. 17 - 23. One deer, antlered only. Antlered deer must have nine antler points or a minimum outside beam spread of twenty (20) inches.

Deer (Gun - Young Sportsman) - Open with statewide seasons. No antler restriction.

Deer (Gun - Young Sportsman): Special hunt Oct. 15-16. No antler requirement. Either sex.

Turkey - One non-quota hunt: April 15 - May 7. Bag limit of one bearded turkey counts toward statewide bag limit.

Turkey (Young Sportsman) - Same as statewide season.

Quail - Nov. 5 - Jan. 15.

Site Description: The area contains 2000 acres of mature bottomland hardwood forest. There is also 500 acres of early successional fields, reforestation, and some farmland.

Access is by a primary all-weather gravel road.  Roads are well maintained.

Access may be limited by the level of the Mississippi and Obion Rivers, which can flood over the roads.  Do not attempt to drive through flood waters.

Wildlife to Watch: Forest songbirds are common in summer, including Summer Tanager, Acadian Flycatcher, and resident species such as Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse.

In grassy fields, deer, turkey, and Grasshopper Sparrows are found. Mississippi Kites gather and forage over the forest and fields.

Horned Larks and Killdeer are especially common in winter.

Northern Harriers frequent the fields around Ernest Rice WMA in winter.

Contact Information

Region 1 Office:  731-423-5725
Phone: Toll-Free:  800-372-3928
E-mail the office
Area Manager:  Josh Emerson (731) 285-6124 

Interactive Map
Hunting Regulations Link
Buy a license link
Gravel access road to western side of the WMA
Gravel access road to western side of the WMA
Parking on the east side of the WMA
Parking on the east side of the WMA