Yanahli WMA

Site Directions: From I-65, the area can be accessed from either US 412 or state Hwy. 50.  This is the former TVA property along the Duck River, east of Columbia.

There is no checking station. It is in various tracts along the Duck River from Columbia east to the Marshall County line. 

You will need a map to find your way around Yanahli WMA as there are many parcels of land scattered across the area.  It is tricky to navigate the area.

Lat-Long: 35.59058, -86.99806

Hours: daylight hours 

Seasonality: year-round

Fees: none

Maury County, 12,800 acres
Southeast of Columbia
Tommy Edwards (931) 840-4042

Special Use - Horses and other saddle and pack animals are prohibited during big game seasons. 

Hooved animal riding is permitted only by individuals possessing a valid hunting and fishing license and WMA permit or a High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit.  Possession of alcohol is prohibited, and you must ride on designated trails only.

ATVs are prohibited.

The use of any alcoholic beverages is prohibited by all users.

During daylight hours, all users outside of an enclosed vehicle or out of camp must wear fluorescent orange during the deer gun and muzzleloader seasons.

Treestands must be marked with the hunter’s TWRA identification number.

Leaving any personal property unattended for longer than 24 hours, without prior permission, may be impounded and may be disposed of according to state procedures.

Big game, small game, trapping, Coyote hunting, and Dog Training are the same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Centerfire can be used outside of any big game hunt and may be used during the deer gun season.

Quail - Nov. 4, 2023 - Jan. 15, 2024.

Spring turkey Same as the statewide season. Bag limit one (1) bearded turkey during the first 14 days of the statewide season, not to exceed two (2) for the season. One bird must be an adult gobbler.

Firing Range  Automatic weapons is prohibited. Fri. Sat. Sun. Oct. - Dec., 2023 12pm - 5pm (CST).  

Camping Open during deer and turkey seasons to any hunters who are actively hunting the WMA. 

Site Description: Cedar glades and oak-hickory hardwood forests are mixed with some cropland. Good mix of edge and forest provide for a diverse flora and fauna on the 12,800 acres of Yanahli WMA.

Wildlife to Watch: Early successional bird species are common, including Field SparrowIndigo BuntingRed-winged BlackbirdYellow-breasted Chat.

Willow Flycatcher and Blue-winged Warblers are local nesting birds uncommon elsewhere in middle Tennessee.

Forest birds include Summer and Scarlet TanagerWood Thrush, and Red-eyed VireoWild Turkey are common year round.

Yanahli WMA is part of the TN SWAP, Duck River Highlands and Headwaters Conservation Opportunity Area (COA)

Contact Information

Region 2 Office: 615-781-6622
Toll-Free: 1-800-624-7406
E-mail the office
Area Manager: TOMMY EDWARDS (931) 840-4042

Interactive Map of Yanahli WMA
Hunting Regulations Link
Driving Directions to Yanahli WMA
Buy a license link