West Sandy WMA
Waterfowl Permanent Registered Blind
To annually register a permanent registered blind site, an individual must purchase either a combination waterfowl and small game annual permit or a sportsman’s license and provide it to TWRA personnel at the time of registration.
After the initial registration, each individual must annually renew registration in person with the area manager or through the individual’s written and properly executed power of attorney delivered to the area manager, on the 1st Saturday in August at the time and location specified.
A permanent registered blind site holder may annually designate other individuals who may, for that season, be permitted priority use of their permanent blind sites. These persons hereinafter referred to as sign-ons, must be identified at the time of the blind registration.
Failure to annually register a permanent registered blind site during the designated time on the first Saturday in August shall result in the termination of its status as a permanent registered blind site. It may be designated as a permanent draw blind site, at the discretion of TWRA.
Individuals with a permanent registered blind on West Sandy WMA will be able to renew their registration on Saturday, August 7, 2021, anytime between 8 am, and 11 am at the Henry County Fairgrounds Livestock Barn.
Site Directions: From Big Sandy: Take TN-Hwy 69A 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
Hours: Daylight hours
Site Description: The WMA consists of 4,319 acres of river bottom swamps, cropland, and upland hardwoods.
Access by vehicle is limited due to 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), who 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.