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COVID-19 INFORMATION

Public Land Duck Hunting

Permits Explained

Season Long Permits

For hunters who prefer a season-long blind on public lands, most things will remain similar to 2020-21 except for these key changes:

  • Application and drawings will be electronic, web-based, and lottery-style (like the deer/turkey quota system).  
  • Applicants may form parties and each member’s name will be included in the lottery, so parties of 5 will have 5 chances to be selected, parties of 8 will have 8 chances, etc.
  • Slightly fewer permits will be issued for season-long blinds; historically successful locations are included.
  • Blinds must be constructed with solid materials. 

Important Dates

Application Period: June 30 - July 21, 2021

Awarded: August 2nd (NOI due August 9th)


Quota Hunt Permits

Quota permits will be for hunts from 3 to 7 days and are for agency-built blinds or marked locations. You can apply for these through our online quota hunt system (like the deer/turkey quota system).

There will be 3 application periods- early, mid, and late, as well as the ability to receive priority points for any drawing you are not selected. When selecting specific quota hunt locations (WMA and Site number), please note that there are several types for which to apply:

  • Agency-built blinds (Tier 2)
  • Marked/staked location that may or may not have a blind on site from the previous season (Tier 3 & 4)
  • Location with a natural cover but no blind structure and  must hunt within 25 feet of the location (Tier 3 & 4)

Important  Dates

Early Segment 

 Application Period: October 6 - October 26, 2021

Awarded: November 1st (NOI due November 8th)

Left-Over Drawing: November 15, 2021

Hunt Dates:  Reelfoot Zone: Nov 13 & 14, Dec 4-19

Statewide Zone: Nov 27 & 28, Dec 4-19

Mid Segment

Application Period: November 3 - November 23, 2021

Awarded: November 29th (NOI due December 6th)

Left-Over Drawing:  December 13, 2021

Hunt Dates:  Reelfoot and Statewide Zone: Dec 20-Jan 9

Late Segment

Application Period: November 24, 2021 - December 14, 2021

Awarded: December 20th (NOI due December 27th)

Left-Over Drawing:  January 3, 2022

Hunt Dates:  Reelfoot and Statewide Zone: Jan 10-Jan 30


Blind Tiers Explained

Tier  1

- Season-long permit issued

-  Application and drawings will be electronic, web-based, and lottery-style (like the deer/turkey quota system).  

- Permanent blind structure required

 - Construction standards (solid walls required)

- Occupancy requirements for daily use 

- Blind hopping allowed

- Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted

 

Tier  2

- Quota Process with 3 Computer application and draw periods (early, mid- late)

- Quota permits issued for 2 - 4 day hunts

- Permanent blinds constructed and maintained by TWRA

- Occupancy requirements - A permit holder must be present for daily use

- No blind hopping

- Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted

Tier  3

- Quota Process with 3 Computer application and draw periods (early, mid- late)

- Quota permits issued for 3-7 days

- Temporary blinds may be constructed - Must be removed at the end of the hunt period

- Permanent blinds may not be constructed, some structures may remain for a time

- Occupancy requirements for daily use

- Blind hopping allowed

- 3 local draws will be held per hunt period for vacant blind sites.

- Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted

Tier  4

-  No permit required

-  Temporary blinds only

-  Permanent blinds may not be constructed, some structures may remain for a time

WMA, Waterfowl Site Tier Map

                 
R1 Waterfowl Sites Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Quota Permit TOTAL SITES Open Access Tier 2 locations Tier 3 locations
Barkley 18 3 3 0 24 No 8,9,20 7,10,11
Bogota (Draw Sites) 0 0 0 6 6 No None None
Bogota Pool 1 (Non-Draw Sites) 0 0 0 0 0 Yes None None
Big Sandy 12 0 0 0 12 No None None
Gin Creek 4 2 0 0 6 No 50,51 None
Camden Unit 1 28 5 2 0 35 No 104,106,107,108,133 132, 135
Camden Unit 2 6 1 0 0 7 No 74 None
Gooch - Unit A 25 5 5 0 35 No 28,30,31,34,35 27,29,32,33,36
Gooch - Unit E 0 0 0 10 10 No None None
John Tully - Fig Field 0 0 0 10 10 No None None
John Tully - Fullen Unit 0 0 0 1 1 No None None
Meeman-Shelby State Forest Park 0 0 0 9 9 No None None
Obion River - Maness Swamp Unit 0 0 0 5 5 No None None
Reelfoot 61 5 0 0 66 No 8,15,36,55,60, None
Thorny Cypress (Draw Sites) 0 0 0 9 9 No None None
Thorny Cypress Pools 10-12 (Non-Draw Sites) 0 0 0 0 0 Yes None None
Tigrett 15 3 0 0 18 No A1, A2, A4 None
West Sandy 36 2 0 0 38 No 4,25 None
White Oak - Lebanon Pond 0 0 0 10 10 No None None
                 
R2 Waterfowl Sites Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Quota Permit TOTAL SITES Open Access Tier 2 locations Tier 3 locations
Cheatham Lake WMA 30 4 0 0 34 Yes 14,15,16,17, None
Haynes Bottoms 22 2 0 0 24 No 121,123 None
Old Hickory Unit 1 97 6 0 0 103 No 24,25,26,27,28,29 None
Old Hickory Unit 2 43 0 0 0 43 No None None
AEDC - Woods Reservoir 35 4 0 0 39 No 26,28,30,31 None
                 
R3 Waterfowl Sites Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Quota Permit TOTAL SITES Open Access Tier 2 locations Tier 3 locations
Chickamauga - Candies Creek 0 0 0 8 8 No None None
Chickamauga - Johnson Bottoms 0 0 0 5 5 No None None
Chickamauga - Rogers Creek 0 0 0 8 8 No None None
Chickamauga - Yellow Creek 0 0 0 5 5 No None None

WMA, Waterfowl  Site Conditions & Crop Status by Region

Click on the region you want to view available site locations in.




Season Long Waterfowl Site Permit Details

Permits for all tiers requiring permits will be issued by a computer application and drawing.

An application may be made by an individual or party (max party size is 8 adults).

Each party members' name will be included in the lottery, so a party of 5 has 5 chances to be selected, a party of 8 has 8 chances, etc.

No sign-ons can be made after the drawing.

Permits are nontransferable.

Quota hunt application fees have been waived for the remainder of the 2021 season. 

The cost is $12.00 (Fees waived for the 2021 season) non-refundable for the drawing. There is no cost to apply for holders of valid Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime Licenses, or seniors possessing a Type 167. 

Tier 1 (season-long) application period is June 30 -  July 21.

Drawing held in August.

Notice Of Intent (NOI) required. Hunters awarded a permit must return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” (NOI) which states they do or do not intend to hunt during their permitted hunt. The NOI may be submitted online through your www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com account, by U.S. mail or e-mail. Detailed information will be provided to successful applicants. If TWRA does not receive the NOI by the speci­fied deadline, the permit will be forfeited and become a Tier 4 Blind.

No priority points will be issued for this drawing.

 Individuals/Parties who receive a Season-Long Waterfowl Permit are ineligible for other waterfowl drawings.

Quota Hunt Permit Details (including Tier 2, 3 & pools)

Applications must be submitted through at www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com. No mail-in applications are accepted. When applying through the website, it is critical you include a current email address for your account.   The following notifications will arrive ONLY by email: your application has been submitted and accepted into the system, you have successfully made changes to your application (hunt locations, group members, etc.), you were/were not selected for hunts, and how to obtain permits. You can log into your account at www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com at any time and see hunts you applied for, permits you were awarded, and your priority points balance. 

Tier 2 and 3 permits will be issued during three (3) application periods during the regular duck season- early, middle, and late; corresponding to three 20-day periods. Local vacancy (leftover) drawings will be held after a Notice of Intent (NOI) period. 

You will receive a priority point for each unsuccessful application. For example you apply for an Early Waterfowl Permit and are unsuccessful, you will receive a priority point for future Early Waterfowl drawings. 

Quota hunt application fees have been waived for the remainder of the 2021 season.

The cost is $12.00 (Fees waived for the 2021 season) non-refundable for each drawing. Example: The “Maximum Awarded Permits” for WMA Big Game is two, meaning two drawings are held for the same pool of applicants. You may choose to enter one drawing, you will only be eligible for one permit and the cost will be $12.00, plus any applicable fees. If you enter two drawings, you will be eligible for two permits and the cost will be $24.00, plus any fees. There is no cost to apply for holders of valid Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime Licenses, or seniors possessing a Type 167. 

Priority Points are not transferable from one drawing to another. You will have the ability to apply for a priority point only if you wish not to hunt this year.  These applications can only be submitted by individuals (not parties) and must be completed during the allotted application period.

For Early, Mid and Late waterfowl quota hunts, hunters awarded a permit must return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” (NOI) which states they do or do not intend to hunt during their permitted hunt.  The NOI may be submitted online through your www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com account, by U.S. mail or e-mail. Detailed information will be provided to successful applicants. If TWRA does not receive the NOI by the speci­fied deadline, the permit will be forfeited and become invalid. Any forfeited or invalid quota permits will be reallocated by a local, in-person drawing.

Customers wishing to sign up for vacancy drawings will need to sign up for the desired location using TWRA’s Event System and then attend the local drawing. You must be present to be awarded a vacancy permit.

Priority Point Details

Each of the 3 waterfowl quota hunt periods have unique and separate priority points.  An individual is awarded one point for each unsuccessful application in a drawing. When a person is drawn for a quota hunt, their priority points for that application period will be reset to zero (0). Priority points only apply to the individual drawing in which they were earned, i.e., WMA Big Game, Spring Turkey, and the new Early Waterfowl, Middle Waterfowl, Late Waterfowl drawings.  

Applicants with the highest priority are always drawn first.  Points are not transferable from one drawing to another.

Priority points of parties will be averaged.  If a party application is drawn, all members are awarded a permit and removed from drawing.  If a party application is not drawn, all members receive one priority point

Existing Waterfowl priority points will all be applied to the Mid-Season application period. Points may not be moved to another application period nor be used on a season-long permit application.

How does the drawing work?

Applicants select specific hunt choices by location (WMA and hunt site) and dates and arrange these choices by preference.  Please select only hunts you are interested in.  Applicants will not be awarded a hunt they did not select.

The computer draw process awards applicants with the highest number of priority points first. If the applicant’s first choice is available, it is awarded. The program then moves on to the next applicant’s first choice. If the applicant’s first choice is not available, the program moves to that applicant's second choice, either awarding that choice if available (and moving on to the next applicant), or if not available, the program moves to the third choice, etc.

Each eligible application is included in the drawing.  If you are in a party, each applicant in your party is entered into the drawing (so a party of 5 has 5 chances, etc). When a party application is selected, the drawing runs the location/date choices in the order they are entered on the party leader’s application. If successful, all members of the party are awarded a permit and removed from the drawing. If unsuccessful, all members of the party are unsuccessful and awarded one (1) priority point.

A different methodology was used for the July 31, 2021 drawing of Tier 1 duck blinds.  Read Full Release

Duck Hunt Guides in Tennessee

Guide's Name Company Address City/Town State ZIP/Postal Code Guide's Email Address Phone Number
Kyle Homra Homras Guide Service 5037 West Hwy 22 Hornbeak  TN 38232 Homrasguideservice@gmail. com 731-335-0764
Tony Hughes   1376 Glass Rd. Obion TN 38240 tony1967hughes@gmail.com 731-589-2386
Cliff Butt Dirty Duck Outfitters  3870 Albert Matthews Rd. Columbia TN 38401 cliffbutt@gmail.com 931-698-6189
Chris Pridgeon Roscoe’s Guide Service 260 Buckingham Ln. Lebanon TN 37087 chris@roscoesguideservice.com 615-450-2964
John Fagan  Grays Camp Outfitters  40 Grays Camp Ln. Tiptonville  TN 38079 grayscamp@gmail.com 731-253-7813
Steve McCadams Steve McCadams Guide Service Since 1972 655 Anderson Dr. Paris TN 38242 STEVEMC@CHARTER.NET 731-642-0360
Jason Ladd The Tangled Backcast 3520 Deer Chase Dr. Williamsport  TN 38487 jason@thetangledbackcast.com 615-290-2032
Brent Jolley  Jolley Outfitters  926 Lake Dr. Hornbeak  TN 38232 brentjolley69@icloud.com 731-514-2989
Chris Nischan Rod and Gun Guide Service 3502 Amanda Ave. Nashville TN 37215 cnflyfish@comcast.net 615-975-2766
Jamie Jones BoDupp Outdoors 342 Waldo Rd. Rockwood  TN 37854 jejones410@gmail.com 423-619-6447
Jimmy Dobes Southeast Specialty Outdoors 1018 Double Tree Ln. Gallatin TN 37066 jimmy@southeastspecialtyoutdoors.com 453-773-8619
Lonnie Hodge Team Hodge Guide Service 10460 Tibbs Rd. Brownsville  TN 38012 lonniehodge2nd@yahoo.com 731-443-0640
Ryan Fisher WillowTail Farm 1154 Old Dyersburg Rd. Dyer TN 38330 ryan@ryanjamesfisher.com 615-306-7002

Duck Hunting In Tennessee Background

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) approved several proposals by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for changes to public land duck hunting and blind draw procedures.

For many years Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has received public comments about how the current public land duck hunting system operates. The comments mostly fall into 2 categories: the need for increased duck hunting opportunities on public lands (i.e. more access) and concerns over the fairness of the handheld duck blind draw system.  A scientific survey of duck hunters done in partnership with the University of Tennessee validated these comments, as well as other issues with in-person handheld draws, and desire for opportunities to hunt for shorter time periods.

In 2019, we made changes to make the in-person drawings more fair and equitable, with limited success. In 2020, due to COVID, all handheld duck blind drawings were computerized and online, which made the process fair and equitable for hunters across Tennessee.  

For 2021, we are taking another step, by increasing the number of duck hunters who get drawn to hunt our public WMAs each season. This is an effort to increase public access for duck hunters. TWRA’s final approved proposal for public land duck hunting is a significant effort to increase access for hunters statewide and retain traditional season-long, 60-day blind locations as offered currently. In addition to the 414 season-long blinds, there will be 53 hunt locations designated for quota hunts for 2, 3, 4, or 7-day periods at a marked location or an Agency-built blind. There are no changes proposed to privately-owned/permanent registered blinds.