West Sandy WMA
Site Directions: From Big Sandy: Take TN-Hwy 69A for approximately 4.2 miles, turn right onto Maberry Road and follow for 1 mile, continue straight onto Elkhorn Road for 2.5 miles, the entrance to the WMA will be on the right.
Various access points for the WMA can be found on TN-HWY 69A, Elkhorn Road, Highway 79, and Graceland Road.
Lat: 36.295756°N Long: -88.160417°W
Seasonality: Year-round but some roads may be closed to all access
Henry County • 4,319 acres
Billy LaGrange (731) 593-0588
All activities are prohibited in the sub-impoundments five days before the opening day of the statewide duck season. Beginning on the opening day of the regular waterfowl season and continuing until the last day of the regular waterfowl season, public access in the sub-impoundment will only be allowed from 4:00 a.m. until two hours after legal shooting hours have ended.
Any temporary blinds, hides, and decoys must be at least 200 yards from any permanent blinds and be removed at the end of shooting hours each day.
Fishing, trapping and hunting of all species other than waterfowl are prohibited in the sub-impoundments during the duck season occurring in Nov.–Feb.
Big Game, Small Game, and Trapping and Dog hunting are the same as statewide seasons (read the guide) except as noted.
Waterfowl - Waterfowl hunting closes at 3 p.m. (CST) each day of the regular statewide waterfowl seasons, except the last day of duck seasons and remaining goose seasons when hunting closes at sunset. Any temporary blinds, hides, and decoys must be at least 200 yards from any permanent blind and removed at the end of the hunt day.
Waterfowl (Wheelchair-bound Only Blind Sites) - Applications must be received by the TWRA Region I Office by noon on the fourth Friday in October. Persons holding a permit for another blind are not eligible to compete in the wheelchair-bound blind drawing. If the blind is not occupied by shooting time, another wheelchair-bound hunter and 1 to 3 assistants (at least one assistant must be age 16 or older) may occupy the blind for that day. Hunting is restricted to wheelchair hunters and assistants only within the marked wheelchair-hunting zone at designated blinds.
Quail - Nov. 4, 2023 - Jan. 15, 2024.
Dog training - Sept. 1, 2023 - March 15, 2024. Closed during the late duck season.
Site Description: The WMA consists of 4,319 acres of river bottom swamps, cropland, and upland hardwoods.
Access by vehicle is limited due to the lack of roads; most areas can be accessed by foot before the WMA is flooded in late October for waterfowl hunting. Then it is best explored by boat.
Wildlife to Watch: Fall through winter is best for wildlife viewing opportunities, especially for wintering waterfowl. However, deer and turkeys are abundant in the upland portions of the WMA. Multiple birds such as ospreys and bald eagles nest in and around the swamps every year.
This WMA is managed in cooperation with The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which oversees the yearly drawdown and flooding of the area. Multiple boat access areas are located at various spots throughout the WMA. ATVs are not permitted.
Region 1 Office: 731-423-5725
Phone: Toll-Free: 800-372-3928
E-mail the office
Area Manager: Billy LaGrange (731) 593-0588