Laurel Hill WMA

Site Directions:  From Columbia, take Hwy 43 to Hwy 20.  Follow Hwy 20 through Summertown and turn left on Hwy 240 (Turnpike Road).  Take Hwy 240 to Hwy 241 (Napier Road).  Turn right on Hwy 241.  Turn left on VFW Rd and stay straight to VFW lake and deer check station. 

Deer check station address is 74 VFW Rd.  Lawrenceburg TN.  38464. Check Station 931-762-4537. Check station is only open during gun hunts.  Maps are outside at the check station and at all horse parking areas.  WMA headquarters phone number is 931-762-5749.

Laurel Hill Lake – Address is 39 Peter Cave Rd., Lawrenceburg TN.  38464.  Laurel Hill Lake Bait shop 931-762-7200.  From 64 HWY turn onto Chisholm Crossing Rd which becomes Brush Creek Rd and the lake entrance is on right.  

Laurel Hill Lake - Lat: 35.3513°N Long: -87.53376°W

VFW Lake - Lat: 35.3567°N Long: -87.4845°W

Hours: daylight hours   - Unauthorized entry or presence is prohibited between sunset and sunrise. 

Seasonality: year-round

Fees:  Fees: any applicable license/permit requirements.

LAUREL HILL WMA

LAWRENCE COUNTY • 14,952 ACRES
WEST OF LAWRENCEBURG OFF HWY. 64
CHECKING STATION: 74 VFW ROAD,
LAWRENCEBURG (931) 762-4537
PAM McDONALD (931) 762-5749 • SG, BG, HI, WF


Special Use - ATVs allowed on roads open to motor vehicle traffic only. All hooved animals must be ridden on designated trails or roads open to motorized vehicles. Hooved animals and ATV riding on trails and roads is prohibited during all big game seasons.

Hooved animal riding and Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use permitted only by individuals possessing a valid hunting and fishing license and WMA permit or a High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit.

Use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Unauthorized entry or presence is prohibited between sunset and sunrise.


Dove - Same as statewide season except closed during deer hunts.

Small Game - Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Small game hunting is closed at sunset the day before and during big game hunts.

Coyote may be taken during daylight hours only during any open season with weapons specified for that season.

Bobcat may be taken on big game hunts that coincide with statewide season dates and may be taken with weapon legal for that hunt.

Fox Chasing - No fox chasing permitted.

Opossum - raccoon - Sept. 3 - Feb. 28. Bag limit 2 raccoon per person per night. Opossum: no limit.

Special Antlered Deer Regulations apply on all deer hunts. Antlered deer must have at least four antler points on one side or a 15-inch minimum outside spread.

Deer (Archery) - One hunt: Sept. 17 - Oct. 2. Three deer, either sex, only one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun - Young Sportsman) - Oct. 15 - 16. One deer, either sex. No antler restrictions (bonus deer.) WMA Check Station open.

Deer (Muzzleloader) - One hunt: Oct. 20 - 23. Hunter quota 500. One deer, antlered only (bonus deer). WMA Check Station open.

Deer (Gun) - Two hunts. Nov. 11 - 13, 25 - 27. Hunter quota 500. One deer, antlered only (bonus deer). WMA Check Station open.

Deer (Gun) - One hunt. Dec. 2 - 4. Hunter quota 500. One deer, antlered or antlerless. (bonus deer). WMA Check Station open.

Turkey - Same as statewide season.

Waterfowl - Jan. 8-30. On the WMA, goose (not waterfowl) hunting is permitted and only in the fields. On Laurel Hill lake, waterfowl hunting (duck and goose) is allowed by boat only. Same as statewide bag limits.

Quail - Nov. 5 - Jan. 15.

Trapping - Dec. 6, 2022 - Feb. 12, 2023.

Dog training - Sept. 1– March 15, except during big game hunts, daylight hours only. Open during deer and turkey seasons to any hunters who are actively hunting the WMA.


SHIELDS FARM UNIT

Big Game, Small Game, Trapping, and Dog Training - Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Centerfire rifles and handguns prohibited.

Quail - Nov. 5 - Jan. 15.

Site Description: Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area is owned by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and is in northwest Lawrence County Tennessee.  It consists of 14,952 acres. 

Eighty-five percent of the property is mature hardwoods, the remaining acreage is managed openings of early successional grass or brushy areas, planted food and cover plots ranging from clover, corn, milo, millet, lespedeza, native warm-season grasses which provide hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, and dove. 

There are 30 miles of chert gravel roads which provide good access throughout the property.  There are also approximately 30 miles of horse-riding trails. 

The Little Buffalo River runs through the middle of the property and there are numerous other small streams that run into the Little Buffalo. 

There are two agency lakes within Laurel Hill WMA that provide excellent Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, and Crappie fishing opportunities.  The largest is Laurel Hill Lake it is 325 acres, and the VFW lake is 22 acres. 

There is one campground in the WMA for hunters that is primitive camping, so no electrical or water hookups.  It is across the street from 276 Napier Rd., Lawrenceburg TN 38464, no sign in or registration required. 

Laurel Hill also has 3 deer hunting blinds to assist hunters with disabilities.  

Special Use – ATV/UTV’s allowed only on roads open to motor vehicle traffic.  All hooved animals must be ridden on designated trails or roads open to motorized vehicles. Hooved animals and ATV riding are prohibited during all big game (deer, turkey) seasons.  Hooved animal riding and ATV use permitted only by individuals possessing a license valid to hunt the WMA OR a High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit.  The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Wildlife to Watch:    Neotropical migratory bird species are common in summer, including Summer and Scarlet TanagerWorm-eating Warbler, and Kentucky WarblerCerulean Warblers also nest here, one of the few locations in the western highland rim where they can still be found nesting. Loggerhead Shrikes are rare, but regular nesting in the area. Great Blue Heron, Eastern Bluebird, and Belted Kingfishers are regularly seen year-round.

On Laurel Hill Lake, Common LoonsMallardsGadwallWood Ducks, and Bufflehead can be abundant in winter. Spring migration can yield a wide variety of migrant birds including Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Bay-breasted Warbler.

Wild TurkeyWhite-tailed Deersquirrel, rabbit, and other game species are abundant.

LAUREL HILL WMA

LAWRENCE COUNTY • 14,952 ACRES
WEST OF LAWRENCEBURG OFF HWY. 64
CHECKING STATION: 74 VFW ROAD,
LAWRENCEBURG (931) 762-4537
PAM McDONALD (931) 762-5749 • SG, BG, HI, WF

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5105 Edmonson Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

Phone: 615-781-6622
Toll Free: 1-800-624-7406
Fax: 615-831-9995

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