The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency realizes that in some areas of Tennessee, the number of hunters needs to be restricted so as not to cause a major impact on the resource. In these areas, the Agency utilizes a quota hunt system.
The quota hunt system randomly selects a specified number of hunters from a pool of applicants. Applications are processed through the Online License Center on the Internet and through any TWRA license agent.
Tennessee has a priority point system in place for several of its quota hunts. An applicant is awarded one point for each year he/she applies and is unsuccessful up to the maximum for that particular hunt.
Each point system is unique and separate for the different quota hunts.
With the new system, you can log into the quota hunt module to apply for a quota hunt. You will also be able to edit a quota hunt application that you have submitted up until the deadline for that hunt. You will be able to see members that are in your quota hunt party.
Transaction ID numbers are issued for all transactions that are completed in the REAL system. That number is your assurance that your application has been accepted into the system. If you have a valid email address on your account, an email is sent immediately after your transaction is complete. If you do not have a valid email address, you can screen shot the "CHECKOUT COMPLETE" page to retain your Transaction ID number or you may click the "Print Application" button located in the top, right corner of the page. If you have questions about your quota hunt application, you MUST have your Transaction ID number.
You will also be able to see the results of your quota hunt drawing as soon as we finish the drawing validation process and release the results to the public. ALL from your customer account.
Quota Hunt applications can be submitted or viewed:
Applications cannot be accepted by mail.
The application period for the 2019 WMA Big Game Quota & Elk hunts will be available from June 19, 2019 until midnight July 24, 2019.
This year’s application period, which also included the WMA & Elk youth hunts, was held concurrently with the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Elk application period.
Customers who are interested in applying for both the WMA quota hunt and elk quota hunt will have to submit two applications, one for each. The computer drawings will be handled separately.
The application period for the 2019 Computerized Waterfowl Blind drawing will be held from September 4 through September 25, 2019.
The WMA Waterfowl Hunts are for certain areas located in Regions 1 and 3.
An interactive map of the waterfowl blind sites can be found at Waterfowl Blind Site Map and there are more map links below.
Hunters that are successful in drawing on Bogota, Thorny Cypress, and Gooch Unit E must, within two weeks of their hunt date, return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” which states they do intend to hunt their assigned blind/pool. Hunters that are successful in drawing on Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and Natural Area, Candies Creek, Rogers Creek, Yellow Creek, Johnson Bottoms, and White Oak (Lebanon Pond Area) must, by November 1, 2019, return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” which states they do intend to hunt their assigned blind.
Notices of Intent can now be submitted online at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com
The application period for the 2019 Computerized Statewide Sandhill Crane drawing will be held from September 4 through September 25, 2019. These tags will be valid statewide, including the SE Crane Zone.
All sandhill crane hunters must pass an internet-based crane identification test each year before hunting. All tags issued are invalid until the “Sandhill Crane Test” validation code is written on the tag. The purpose of this test is to improve hunter’s awareness and ability to distinguish between sandhill cranes and other protected species which may be encountered while hunting. The Sandhill Crane Test is available HERE.
Hunters issued sandhill crane tags MUST fill out a post-season survey before February 10, 2020, regardless of whether they hunted or harvested a sandhill crane. Failure to return the post-season survey may result in hunters not being eligible to apply for a sandhill crane tag in future draws. Post-season surveys can be submitted at www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com.
What exactly is a quota hunt?
TWRA realizes that on some WMAs, the number of animals harvested must be restricted so there will not be a major impact on the wildlife. In these areas, the agency uses a quota hunt system. Wildlife biologists determine how many animals need to be harvested then determine how many permits need to be issued in order to reach their harvest goals. The permits are then allocated and the end result is a quota hunt.
What types of quota hunts are there?
Quota hunts are drawn hunts and these are for specific hunts on WMAs during the fall and spring big game hunting seasons. Hunters apply for individual hunts, and then a computer randomly selects hunters until all the permits are allocated. More information about the WMA drawn hunts is found in the 2018-19 Hunting & Trapping Guide.
How do I apply for a quota hunt?
All applications are electronically processed through the https://QuotaHunt.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com or through any TWRA license agent. No mail-in applications are accepted.
What is “priority”?
Tennessee has a priority point system in place for several of its WMA quota hunts. An applicant is awarded one point for each year he/she applies and is not drawn for that quota drawing, i.e., WMA Big Game, Spring Turkey WMA, etc. Applicants with the highest priority are always drawn first.
In order to be drawn with priority, applicants must apply either alone or in a party in which all applicants have the same priority status. If a party includes a member with a different priority, that party (and all its members) will be drawn at the lowest priority of the application.
Each applicant’s priority is individual; it is only in the drawing that an applicant’s party priority is considered. When a party is unsuccessful, each applicant’s actual current priority status will increase by one point up to the maximum.
Each point system is unique and separate for the different quota drawings. When a person is drawn for a quota hunt his/her priority points will be reset to “0” the following year.
Spring Turkey WMA: Maximum of five (5) priority points.
WMA Big Game: No limit. Currently the maximum number of priority points any hunter will have going into the 2019 WMA drawing will be thirteen (13).
Elk hunts: no priority. An applicant successfully drawn may not reapply for 10 years.
Youth WMA Big Game: Maximum of three (3) priority points.
Cherokee Bear Hunts: No priority.
WMA Waterfowl: No limit. Currently the maximum number of priority points any hunter will have going into the 2019 waterfowl drawing will be five (5).
How much does it cost to apply?
Unless you are a Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime License holder, or senior possessing a Type 167, the cost is $12.00 non-refundable for each permit applied for. 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 both drawings, you will be eligible for two permits and the cost will be $24.00, plus any fees. You must choose the number of drawings, party information and hunt choices on one application. Please see the instruction sheet for the hunt you are interested in for additional information.
Any questions regarding Quota Hunts, please call (615) 781-6621.