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Waterfowl & Migratory Bird Hunting

Proposed Changes to Public Land Duck Hunting

Annual Draw for Blinds 

*Due to COVID-19, Executive Order No. 38, and CDC guidance, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is using a different procedure to issue duck blinds this year to help protect public health.  More information

2020-21 Waterfowl Quota Hunt, Leftover Duck Blind Drawings

Non-Draw Sites  (no special quota-hunt or draw permit needed)

Hunting is permitted on several WMAs (or special portions of WMAs) with only the required license(s) and a WMA Permit (no special quota or draw permits required).  Areas with Walk-In hunting include:   Big Sandy, Camden (Unit II), Harmon Creek, Reelfoot, and West Sandy, hunting is permitted from registered blind sites and from temporary blinds or hides.  Temporary blinds and decoys must be at least 200 yards from any permanent blind.  Blinds, blind materials, boats, hides and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day.

Wheelchair-bound Blinds

Wheelchair-bound hunts, zones, or blinds are open to hunters who are totally and permanently confined to a wheelchair as certified by a physician.

Certain WMAs have special blind sites established for wheelchair-bound hunters which include: Camden, Cheatham Lake, North Chickamauga Creek, Old Hickory, Reelfoot, and West Sandy.  

See specific WMAs for regulations.

On wheelchair-bound waterfowl hunts, each wheelchair-bound hunter must be accompanied by at least one, but not more than three assistants (at least one of whom must be age 16 years or older), who may also participate in the hunt.

Applications for wheelchair-bound hunts must be received by noon on the fourth Friday of October at the Region I Office (Camden), Reelfoot Office (Reelfoot), or Region II Office (Cheatham and Old Hickory)

Temporary Blinds & Decoys

Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day unless otherwise indicated under the individual WMA listing.

All decoys must be removed by the owner of the blind within ten days after the close of waterfowl season unless otherwise indicated under the individual WMA listing.  Refer to the Waterfowl Guide for additional restrictions.

Youths Hunting Waterfowl on a WMA

Youths, ages 6–15, must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device except as otherwise noted.

Waterfowl Counts

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