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Region 3 WMAs

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South Cherokee Bear Reserves

  • Ocoee Bear Reserve

The Cherokee Wildlife Management Area and private inholdings bounded on the north by Ocoee Lake and Ocoee River, on the south by the Tennessee/Georgia state line and on the east and west by the National Forest Boundary.

  • Tellico Bear Reserve

The Cherokee Wildlife Management Area in Monroe County that lies north of the Tellico-Robbinsville Road, east of Forest Service Road 35, south of Forest Service Road 26 and west of the ridge running from Farr Gap through Little Fodderstack to Big Fodderstack and following the North Carolina state line to the Tellico-Robbinsville Road.

For other bear reserves, see Region IV WMAs .

Cherokee Party Hunt Compartments

  • Upper Tellico

The portion of the Tellico River drainage lying north of the Tellico River Road, south of the North River Road and west of the North Carolina line.

  • Lower Bald River

That portion of the Bald River and Tellico River drainages lying south of the Tellico River Road, and north of the Holly Flats Road.

  • Lower Tellico

That portion of the Tellico River drainage lying east of Turkey Creek, north of the Tellico River Road, west of the North Carolina state line, and south of the Tellico-Robbinsville Road.

  • Upper Bald River

That portion of the Bald River and Tellico River drainages lying south of the Tellico River road, south of the Holly Flats Road, and north of the North Carolina state line.

 

301-ALPINE MOUNTAIN

Overton County • 1,642 acres
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

302-BRIDGESTONE/FIREsTONE CENTENNIAL WILDERNESS

White County • 15,454 acres
on the Cumberland County line 6 miles south of Hwy. 70S
James Douglas (931) 935-3280 • SG, BG

No ATVs, motorcycles, or horseback riding permitted. Closed to all non-hunting activities during big game hunts.

6620.png Closed to quail hunting.

Same as statewide season except as noted. Closed to all hunting Mar. 1 through the 4th Friday in Aug., except during turkey and spring squirrel seasons. Small game hunting and dog training closed at sunset on the day before and during scheduled deer and turkey hunts.

03-fall-turkey.tif 02-spring_turkey.tif Turkey – Same as statewide seasons.

01-deer.tif Deer – archery – Sep. 22-Oct. 26, Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Bag limit same as statewide season.

Deer – muzzleloader/archery – Nov. 3-9. Bag limit same as statewide season.

Deer – gun/archery - Nov. 17-Dec. 14. Bag limit same as statewide season.

Deer – Young Sportsman – Oct. 27-28. Bag limit same as statewide season.

Antlered deer must have a minimum of 4 points on one antler or a 15-inch minimum outside antler spread on all hunts.

Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

Big Bottom Unit

Unauthorized entry is prohibited between sunset and sunrise. Motorized vehicles and ATVs restricted to designated roads. Camping in designated areas only. Wild hogs may be taken during deer season by a legal deer hunter.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

303-CATOOSA

Cumberland/Morgan counties • 79,740 acres
I-40 exits, Peavine, Genesis, and Westel roads
Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG

Entire area open on all deer hunts. Catoosa WMA will be closed to all users Feb. 1 through last Friday in March except for walk-in small game hunting and trapping from Feb. 1-last day of Feb. Guides prohibited on all hunts. Unauthorized entry or presence is prohibited between sunset and sunrise. During big game hunts, the area is open only to legal big game hunting participants. ATVs and motorized bikes are permitted only by individuals possessing a hunting and fishing license and a WMA permit, from the fourth Saturday in August through the spring squirrel season. ATVs, motorized bikes, and horseback riders may not enter the area except through gated TWRA access points. Big game hunters are required to check out big game and wild hogs at the WMA check stations when stations are in operation. Attention persons participating in the hog control hunt: There have been multiple documented cases of Brucellosis in hogs on Catoosa. Use caution when handling harvested hogs.

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Same as statewide seasons except closes at sunset on the day before and during big game hunts unless otherwise noted. Dogs prohibited during the spring squirrel season. Walk-in hunting and trapping only from Feb. 1 – last day of Feb. Closed to all hunting Mar. 1 through the 4th Friday in Aug., except during turkey and spring squirrel seasons. Chasing fox, coyotes, bobcat or wild hogs with dogs is not permitted. Rifles and handguns using center-fire ammunition are legal for hunting beaver, bobcat, foxes, coyotes, groundhogs, and crows only during big game seasons and the hunter must be a licensed legal big game hunter. Trapping and small game hunting closes at sunset the day before and during entire wild hog control season.

Bullfrog – Apr. 1–Sep. 1. No hunting during turkey hunts.

21-oppossum.tif 20-racoon.tif Opossum – raccoon – Sunset Nov. 1 to sunrise Dec. 31 except closes at sunset on the day before and during big game hunts.

01-deer.tif Deer – On all hunts, antlered deer must have a minimum of 4 points on one antler or a 15-inch minimum outside antler spread on all hunts. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters.

01-deer.tif Deer – archery - Three hunts. Oct. 13-15, 16-18, 19-21. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). Area checking stations operated.

Deer – gun/archery – Young Sportsman - One hunt. Oct. 2728. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery – One hunt. Nov. 8–10. Station quota: Genesis 1,000; Bicolor 1,000. One deer, buck only (bonus deer).

Deer – muzzleloader/archery - One hunt. Nov. 15–17. Station quota: Genesis 1,000; Bicolor 1,000. One deer, buck only (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery - One hunt. Dec. 6-8. Station quota: Genesis 1,000; Bicolor 1,000. One deer, buck only (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery - One hunt. Dec. 13–15. One deer, buck only (bonus deer). Entire area open.

Wild hog (control season) – Jan. 7-16. Dogs permitted. No limit either sex.

All participants in the hog control season must wear on the upper portion of their body and head a minimum of 500 square inches of daylight florescent orange, viable front and back.

Participants may use any legal weapon and ammunition that is legal for taking deer, bear or elk.

Legal hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after legal sunset.

Only authorized participants allowed on the area during the hog control season.

Checking stations open on Catoosa – all hogs must be transported whole to the checking stations for data collection.

02-spring_turkey.tif Turkey – Six hunts. Apr. 5-7, 12-14, 16-18, 23-25, Apr. 26-28, Apr. 30-May 2. One turkey per hunt, not to exceed four per season.

Turkey – Young Sportsman – One hunt. Apr. 20–21. One turkey (bonus bird).

22-trapping.tif Trapping – Dec. 16-Feb. 28. Any fishers caught must be released if found in a trap alive. Fishers found dead in traps must be presented to the TWRA.

23-dog_training.tif Dog Training – Closed.

shooting.tif Shooting Range – See TWRA Firing Ranges.

304-CHARLOTTE ANN FINNELL NEAL

Bradley County • 495 acres
Region iii office (931) 484-9571 • sg,wf, bg

Use of motorized vehicles prohibited.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Archery equipment only for deer hunting. Deer season closes Dec. 14.

6826.png Small game season is Dec. 15 – last day of Feb., except squirrel season is also open from last Sat. in Aug. to Sep. 21 and during the spring squirrel season. Dogs are not permitted during spring squirrel season.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

305-South CHEROKEE

along the Tennessee-North Carolina state line south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park • 250,000 acres
David Whitehead (423) 884-6767 • bg

Includes former Ocoee and Tellico Units. Bear reserves are closed to all big game hunting when the bear season is open on the South Cherokee. It is illegal to possess firearms with any breed of dog other than pointing breeds during daylight hours, excluding bear season, except as provided. Cherokee WMA Nonquota Big Game permit (Type 095, Type 167 or Type 094) or Sportsman License required to hunt the nonquota big game hunts. Some roads normally open to public travel may be closed from Dec. 15–March 31. Wild hog may be taken during any deer or bear hunt with no limit. During gun and muzzleloader Big Game hunts all wild hog hunters must comply with the Big Game Hunter Orange requirements. All hogs harvested must be checked in at WMA check station if check station is in operation. If WMA check station is not in operation, hogs must be checked in at a county check station or through the internet and designated as South Cherokee hogs. Bear hunters who have filled their bear bag limit may accompany other bear hunters during bear hunts but may not carry firearms, ammunition or archery equipment (see General Hunting Regulations).

02-spring_turkey.tif 07-squirrel.tif 08-dove.tif 09-rabbit.tif 11-grouse.tif 10-quail.tif 13-snipe.tif 12-woodcock.tif 17-waterfowl.tif

Same as statewide seasons except as noted. Spring squirrel season is closed. Area closed to all hunting Mar. 1-4th Friday in August except during turkey season. Small game hunting in bear reserves and party hunt area (during quota hunts), prohibited one day before and during bear hunts. Small game hunters, except raccoon and opossum hunters, must wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange during muzzleloader and gun season. Dogs permitted for squirrel hunting outside of bear reserve Jan. 1 – last day of Feb. Season open on groundhog, fox and skunk during any small game hunt with weapons legal for that small game hunt. Bobcat may be taken on any scheduled big game or small game hunt that coincides with the statewide bobcat season with hunting implements legal for that scheduled hunt. Beaver and coyote may be taken on any hunt with weapon legal for that hunt. Bobcat hunting with dogs is prohibited.

01-deer.tif Deer – archery - One hunt. Sep. 15–21. One deer, either sex (bonus deer).

01-deer.tif Deer – muzzleloader -One hunt. Oct. 26-28. One deer, buck only (bonus deer).

Deer – gun – Young Sportsman – One hunt. Nov 3-4. One deer, either sex (bonus deer).

Deer – gun – Two hunts. Nov. 17-27, Dec. 14-28. Two deer, buck only (bonus deer).

04-bear.tif Bear – gun – dogs permitted – Four hunts. Sept. 29-Oct. 7, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, Nov. 29-Dec. 12, Dec. 29-Jan. 1. One bear, either sex. Hunting confined to that area outside the Ocoee and Tellico Bear Reserves.

04-bear.tif Bear – gun – party dog hunts - Four hunts. Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 29-30, Nov. 29-30. Hunter quota, 75 permits per party. One party permitted in each of the following areas: Upper Tellico, Lower Tellico, Upper Bald River, and Lower Bald River. One bear, either sex. Non-hunting youth under the age of 13 may accompany an adult hunter (18 years old or older) who has a valid party hunt permit. Juveniles must also comply with all regulations specified for permitted hunters.

21-oppossum.tif 20-racoon.tif Opossum – raccoon – Outside of Tellico and Ocoee Bear Reserves Nov. 5-14, Jan. 1–last day of Feb. Tellico and Ocoee Bear Reserves open for raccoon hunting Jan 1-Jan 31 hunters limited to a maximum of 2 dogs per vehicle. .22 caliber short, and long rifle are the only legal firearms on a raccoon hunt.

22-trapping.tif Trapping – Jan. 1–last day of Feb.

04-bear.tif Bear Dog Training – Sep. 5-14. No bears may be harvested. No firearms or archery equipment may be possessed. No training in reserves.

shooting.tif Shooting ranges - Open daylight hours only (see TWRA Firing Ranges).

Safety Zone – On the Cherokee WMA, hunting or discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a developed recreation area, campsite, residence, building, occupied area, across or on a National Forest system road. Contact the appropriate U.S. Forest Service office for more information.

Horseback riding - Horseback riding on properties owned by the U.S. Forest Service shall be the same as U.S. Forest Service regulations. Contact the U.S. Forest Service (423-476-9700). On those properties owned or leased by the TWRA, horseback riding is only allowed upon roads opened for vehicle travel. No riding off road into openings, fields, trails or through streams.

Dog Training - Dog training prohibited unless otherwise specified. The use or possession of any electronic tracking devices from Mar. 1–Aug. 15 is illegal. Hunting of coyotes with dogs is prohibited.

306-CHICKAMAUGA

Bradley/Hamilton/McMinn/Meigs/Rhea counties • 4,000 acres

Soddy Creek, Sale Creek

Greg Atchley (423) 693-6604 • SG, WF, BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Deer hunting with archery equipment only and archers must comply with big game gun hunter orange requirements during the statewide deer gun or muzzleloader seasons. Shotguns loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller for small game (except waterfowl). Waterfowl hunting restricted to use of shotguns loaded with No. 2 shot or smaller.

Cottonport, Washington Ferry

Bernie Swiney (423) 365-9166 • SG, WF, BG

Shelton Bottoms, Mud Creek, New Bethal, Moon Island, Goodfield Creek, Gillespie Bend, Ledford Island, Agency Creek, Sugar Creek, South Mouse Creek Units

Rob Klippel (423) 334-4788 • SG, WF, BG

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Same as statewide seasons. No waterfowl hunters permitted on units from two hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4:00 a.m. the following day during the entire statewide duck season(s).

Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek

Jason Jackson (423) 614-3018 • SG, WF, BG

Yellow Creek Units

Bernie Swiney (423) 365-9166 • SG, WF, BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except units closed to all forms of trespass including fishing, trapping and hunting for all species except waterfowl during the late waterfowl season.

17-waterfowl.tif Waterfowl hunting permitted on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the first and last day of the duck season. Waterfowl hunting ends at 3:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday only. No waterfowl hunters or other activities permitted on units from two hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4:00 a.m. the following day during the duck seasons. Hunting is allowed only from registered blinds sites. Blind sites and hunting dates will be allocated through a computer drawing held in October. Quota application period runs from Sep. 5–Oct. 10. Hunters selected for a blind site may bring up to four additional hunters. No more than five hunters per blind. No blind site may be hunted unless a hunter selected for that assigned blind site and date is present. Hunters may leave in place decoys and a temporary blind at their blind site during their assigned hunt date, but must remove all decoys at the end of their last hunt date. Young Sportsman hunters may hunt blind sites during the youth waterfowl season on a first come, first serve basis. Youth hunters during the youth waterfowl season must enter the hunting area only from established TWRA parking areas.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15 except closed during the late duck season.

307-CORDELL HULL

Jackson/Smith counties • 25,000 acres
includes all property posted and painted with Corps of Engineer and/or TWRA signs
Gary Black (931) 484-9571 • SG, WF, BG

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Same as statewide seasons except deer hunting ends on Dec. 14.

Defeated Creek Unit

Area that extends from the main river channel to the corps of Engineers boundary along Defeated Creek. Same as statewide seasons except archery equipment only for deer hunting. Shotguns only for small game hunting.

handicap_icon.tif 01-deer.tif 02-spring_turkey.tif Wheelchair-Bound Hunter Zone – Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Deer hunting ends Dec. 14. Wheelchair-bound zone open to wheelchair-bound hunters only. Wheelchair-bound zone is that area in the old “Corps of Engineers Roaring River Campground” area of Cordell Hull WMA (north of Hwy. 135, north of Roaring River, south and east of Hwy 85, and west of old Roaring River Iron Bridge Road).

Turkey – Wheelchair-bound zone (that portion of Cordell Hull WMA known as the Old Roaring River Campground, as posted) – Mar. 30–May 12. Wheelchair-bound hunters only. Two turkeys, either sex (bonus birds).

Deer – gun/archery – Wheelchair-bound hunter zone – Nov. 17–19. Bag limit 2 deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). Wheelchair-bound hunters only.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

308-CORDELL HULL REFUGE

Jackson County • 600 acres
near Gainesboro between Freestate Bridge Hwy 85A and Hwy 56 Bridge
Gary Black (931) 484-9571 • SG, wf, bg

Public use including all forms of trespass and hunting is prohibited from Nov. 15 – last day of Feb., except as otherwise indicated. Public entry permitted while on the main river channel passing through the refuge. Fishing by boat allowed during refuge closure in marked river channel only. TWRA will provide hunter assistance during the opening weekends of deer archery, muzzleloader, and gun seasons – call TWRA Region 3 office to request assistance.

7236.png 7244.png Closed to quail hunting.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. All seasons closed during refuge closure date, including dog training. Deer season is Sep. 24-Oct. 26.

handicap_icon.tif 01-deer.tif Deer – archery – wheelchair-bound – Sep. 22-23. One deer, either sex (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery – wheelchair-bound – Nov. 3-4. One deer, either sex (bonus deer).

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1-Nov. 14, Mar. 1-15, daylight hours only.

309-CUMMINGS COVE

Hamilton/Marion counties • 1,200 acres
Region iii office (931) 484-9571 • sg, bG

There is currently no public access for Cummings Cove. The only access at present is through private properties with the permission from the various landowners. TWRA is working on solving this problem.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

310-EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK

DeKalb County • 6,000 acres
on Center Hill Lake
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Closed to spring squirrel on north side of Center Hill Lake.

23-dog_training.tif Dog Training – Same as statewide, except closed on north side of Center Hill Lake.

311-Enterprise South Park

Hamilton County • 1800 acres
Region iii Office • (931) 484-9571 • bg

Hunters are required to check out big game at WMA check station when check station is in operation. Closed to hunting, trapping and dog training except as noted.

01-deer.tif 03-fall-turkey.tif Deer – turkey – archery – One hunt. Oct. 8-9. 80 hunter quota. Two deer, either sex (bonus deer). One turkey, either sex.

Deer – shotgun (Wounded Warrior) – One hunt. Oct. 22-23. Hunter quota 25. Two deer, either sex (bonus deer). Hunters selected by U.S. Armed Services.

312-FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK

Bledsoe/Van Buren counties • 7,000 acres
off Hwy. 30 between Pikeville and Spencer
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • BG

All hunters are required to register and obtain a free permit at the park headquarters (423) 881-5298. Dog training prohibited. Vehicle parking restricted to designated parking areas only during the hunting season. No parking allowed on roadside grass. All deer and turkey hunters must sign register at the horse stables before hunting. Coyotes may be taken on any hunt with weapons legal for that hunt.

07-squirrel.tif Squirrel - Dec. 1 – last day of Feb. Shotguns only. Spring squirrel season is closed.

01-deer.tif Deer – archery – One hunt. Nov. 3-5. 300 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer – archery - One hunt. Nov. 6-11. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

02-spring_turkey.tif Turkey – archery – Apr. 6-14. One turkey per day, not to exceed two turkeys (bonus bird).

313-FOURTH FRACTIONAL TOWNSHIP

Polk County • 1,107 acres
near Copper Hill
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • NP

ATVs and motorcycles prohibited.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Big game is archery-only. Archers must comply with legal blaze orange requirements during muzzleloader and gun seasons. Beagles and pointing breed dogs only. Shotguns only, with No. 6 shot or smaller for small game. Dogs are not permitted during spring squirrel season.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - beagles and pointing breeds only.

314-HIWASSEE REFUGE

Meigs/Rhea counties • 2,500 acres
on Chickamauga Reservoir
Jason Jackson (423) 614-3018 • SG, WF, BG

Refuge is closed to all forms of use and trespass from Nov. 15 through the last day of Feb., except the wildlife viewing area is open year-round. During refuge closure, public entry and fishing is permitted while on the main river channel passing through the refuge. Bobcat may be taken on any scheduled big game or small game hunt that coincides with the statewide bobcat season with hunting implements legal for that scheduled hunt. Beaver and coyotes may be taken on any hunt with weapons legal for that hunt. Season open on groundhog, fox and skunk during any scheduled small game hunt. All seasons closed during refuge closure date unless otherwise indicated. Nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is required for small game hunting. Small game hunting and dog training is closed at sunset on the day before and during scheduled big game hunts, unless special exception is indicated.

02-spring_turkey.tif

Same as statewide season.

08-dove.tif Dove - Sep. 1, 3. Noon to sunset only on Sep. 1. No access permitted by boat.

08-dove.tif Dove – Young Sportsman - Sep. 8. Noon to sunset only. No access permitted by boat. Hunters must pre-register for hunt online. Registration and hunt information will be available at www.tnwildlife.org.

07-squirrel.tif Squirrel – Fourth Saturday in Aug. –
second Saturday in Sep.

06-spring_sqirrel.psd Spring Squirrel – Same as statewide.

21-oppossum.tif 20-racoon.tif Opossum – raccoon – Sep. 8–Nov. 10. Hunting on Tuesday and Wednesday nights only.

01-deer.tif Deer – archery – One hunt. Sep. 21-23. 250 hunter quota. Two deer, either sex (bonus deer).

Deer – archery - One hunt. Oct. 5-7. Two deer, either sex (bonus deer).

Deer – muzzleloader - One hunt. Oct. 19-21. 200 hunter quota. Two deer, either sex (bonus deer).

Deer – muzzleloader - One hunt. Nov. 9-11. 150 hunter quota. Two deer, either sex (bonus deer).

Deer – shotgun/muzzleloader – Young Sportsman – One hunt. Sep. 15-16. 100 hunter quota. Two deer, either sex (bonus deer).

17-waterfowl.tif Wood duck/teal, Canada goose – Same as statewide September seasons. No waterfowl hunters allowed on refuge from two hours after shooting hours have ended until 4:00 a.m. the following day.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1–Mar. 15, daylight hours only.

Retriever field trials – Pre-approved by area manager at least 30 days in advance of trial dates.

315-JACKSON SWAMP

Overton County • 203 acres
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, WF, BG

7560.png 7570.png 22-trapping.tif Closed to quail hunting.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

316-KEYES-HARRISON

Cumberland County • 1,740 acres
Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Dogs are not permitted during spring squirrel season.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

317-Kingston Refuge

Roane County • 300 ACRES
Rob Klippel 423-334-4788 • BG

Closed to trapping and dog training

01-deer.tif Deer – Archery – One hunt. Oct. 13-14. 30 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). Scouting day: Sept. 29 7am-noon. Hunters required to check out big game at WMA check station when station is in operation.

318-Luper Mountain

Cumberland County • 2,070 acres
Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Dogs are not permitted during spring squirrel season.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

319-MT. ROOSEVELT

Cumberland/Roane/Morgan counties • 11,000 acres
Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG

ATVs and motorized bikes are permitted only by individuals possessing a hunting and fishing license and a WMA permit.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Closed to all nonhunting activities during big game hunts (Sep. 22–Jan. 6 for deer, Mar. 30 –May 12 for turkey).

01-deer.tif Deer – Same as statewide Unit A season. Closed to county nonquota antlerless deer hunts.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

320-NORTH CHICKAMAUGA CREEK

Hamilton County • 5,400 acres
Greg Atchley (423) 693-6604 • SG, wf, bg

Hixson, Rogers, Sutton, Thrasher Bottoms, Vandergriff, and Varner Units.

No motorized vehicles outside parking areas. Area closed after sunset except for opossum and raccoon hunters. Trespass prohibited by non-hunters on hunt days. Rogers and Vandergriff Units closed to all forms of trespass except hunting and trapping during the late waterfowl seasons.

7742.png 7752.png Closed to quail hunting.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. All hunting ends on Jan. 31 except for spring squirrel and spring turkey. The bag limit for rabbits is 3 per day. Shotguns loaded with #4 shot or smaller only (except waterfowl). Hunting allowed only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, unless exception is indicated.

08-dove.tif Dove – Sep. 1 and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the statewide dove season. Noon until sunset only. No dove hunters or dove hunting equipment on dove fields prior to 7:00 a.m. on opening day of the first segment of the dove season.

01-deer.tif Deer - Archery equipment only. Archers must comply with the big game hunter orange requirements during the statewide deer gun or muzzleloader hunts.

02-spring_turkey.tif Turkey - Hunting ends at noon each day.

17-waterfowl.tif Waterfowl - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and the first and last day of the statewide season and the youth waterfowl season. Shotguns loaded with #2 shot or smaller. Hunting ends at noon each day including the youth waterfowl season. Hunting from temporary blinds only. No blinds, blind materials, boats, or decoys may be left overnight.

22-trapping.tif Trapping – Friday before Thanksgiving – Jan. 31. Traps must be checked daily.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Jan. 31, except closed to training during the late duck season.

Patton Unit

All motorized vehicles must stay on main road while transiting the area. Possession of alcoholic beverages prohibited.

7818.png 7831.png 22-trapping.tif 23-dog_training.tif

Same as statewide seasons.

321-OAK RIDGE

Roane/Anderson counties • 37,000 acres
Jim Evans (865) 576-2380 • SG, wf, bg

Shotguns, muzzleloading rifles and archery equipment only. On big game quota hunts and on approved scouting days for all zones, except Tower Shielding and Chestnut Ridge/Park City Road Zone, one non-hunting juvenile under the age of 16 may accompany an adult hunter (18 years old or older) who has a valid WMA quota permit. During deer hunts, non-hunting juveniles must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations specified for legal hunters. No boat access except for Haw Ridge Park during deer hunts and waterfowl hunters accessing Solway and Freels Bend on Sep. 1, 8, 9, 15 and Saturdays during October Canada Goose season. Except for the spring turkey season, all big game hunters must wear fluorescent orange during all hunts, including archery hunters in the archery-only zones. Hunters must carry, at all times, hunting license and permit, valid picture identification (youth excluded), and signed current hunt map. Dog training prohibited. Hunters are required to check out big game at WMA check station. Coyotes may be taken on any hunt with weapons legal for that hunt.

01-deer.tif Deer scouting dates – 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 13 for the Oct. 21-22 permit holders and approved youths only; Nov. 3 for the Nov. 10-11 permit holders and approved youths only; Dec. 1 for the Dec. 8-9 permit holders and approved youths only.

Deer – shotgun/muzzleloader – gun zones only - Three hunts. Oct. 20-21, Nov. 10-11, and Dec. 8-9. 450 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer – archery – Park City Road, Chestnut Ridge Zone – Three hunts. Oct. 20-21, Nov. 10-11, and Dec. 8-9. 250 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). One turkey, either sex.

Deer – archery – Poplar Creek Road Zone - Three hunts. Oct. 20-21, Nov. 10-11, and Dec. 8-9. 175 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). One turkey, either sex.

Deer – archery – Tower Shielding Zone – Three hunts. Oct. 20-21, Nov. 10-11, and Dec. 8-9. 250 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). One turkey, either sex.

02-spring_turkey.tif Turkey - Two hunts. Apr. 13-14, 20-21. 225 hunter quota. One turkey (bonus bird). Hunting ends at noon daily. Successful hunters must be at the check station by 1:00 p.m. Hunts subject to cancellation for national security reasons. Hunting area may be reduced. Turkey scouting date is 7:00 a.m. to noon Apr. 6 for the Apr. 13-14 and Apr. 20-21 permit holders and approved youths only.

17-waterfowl.tif Waterfowl - One half hour before sunrise to noon. Hunting on Solway and Freels Bend only from the shoreline to Solway Bend Farm Road and from the shoreline to Freels Bend Farm Road. Access by boat from Melton Hill Reservoir only. Hunting from temporary blinds only.

Wood Duck /Teal – Sep. 8-9

Canada Goose - Sep. 1, 8, 9, 15 and Saturdays during the October Canada goose season. Goose hunting closed on scheduled deer scouting or hunting days in Oct.

322-PAINT ROCK REFUGE

Roane County • 1,600 acres
on Watts Bar Lake
Rob Klippel (865) 717-0579 • SG, BG

Closed to all forms of use and trespass from Nov. 15 – last day of Feb. Public entry and fishing is permitted while on the main river channel passing through the refuge.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. All seasons closed during refuge closure date, including dog training. Archery equipment only for deer; archers must comply with legal blaze orange requirements during muzzleloader and gun seasons. Shotguns only for small game. Non-toxic shot required for small game hunting.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1–Nov. 14, Mar. 1-15.

323-PEA RIDGE

DeKalb County • 1,550 acres
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG

7916.png 7927.png 22-trapping.tif Closed to quail hunting.

Same as statewide Unit A seasons.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

324-PICKETT STATE FOREST

Pickett County • 11,000 acres
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • NP

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

325-PRENTICE COOPER STATE FOREST

Marion County • 24,000 acres
on Hwy. 27 five miles east of Powell’s Crossroads
Clint Smith (423) 658-0298 • SG, BG

Unauthorized entry or presence is prohibited between sunset and sunrise. ORVs, horseback riding, bicycles, and all other vehicles are restricted to roads, trails or routes designated for their use. Organized competition events for motorized vehicles is prohibited. The maximum noise limit for all motorized vehicles is 86 dBa, as measured 50 feet from the exhaust, except as otherwise permitted. Reckless operation of motorized and non-motorized vehicles is prohibited. Reckless operation is defined as operating a vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner as to endanger the life and limb of others, or property or developments of the State, or property of any person. The maximum speed limit is 25 mph or less if otherwise posted. All side roads and trails will be closed to motorized vehicles Dec. 20–Mar. 15. Big game hunters are required to check out big game at the WMA check station when station is in operation.

8000.png Closed to quail hunting.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Small game hunting and dog training will close at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts unless otherwise indicated.

21-oppossum.tif 20-racoon.tif Fox – opossum – raccoon - Third Friday in Oct. through Jan. 31, except hunting limited to Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights only. Closed at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts. Bag limit is one per party, per night.

01-deer.tif Deer – archery – One hunt. Sep. 15-17. 500 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer – archery – One hunt. Sep. 18-23. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). No area checking station operated.

Deer – muzzleloader/archery – One hunt. Oct. 11-13. 350 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery – Young Sportsman – One hunt. Oct. 27-28. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery – One hunt. Nov. 2-4. One deer, buck only (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery – One hunt. Nov. 24-29. Two deer, buck only (bonus deer).

02-spring_turkey.tif Turkey – Six hunts. Apr. 2-4, 5-7, 10-12, 18-20, 23-25, 26-28. One turkey per hunt, not to exceed four turkeys.

22-trapping.tif Trapping – Dec. 16–28.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1–Mar. 15. Daylight hours only.

shooting.tif Shooting Range - See TWRA Firing Ranges.

326-Skinner Mountain

Fentress County • 4,193 acres
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG

ATVs and motorized bikes are permitted only by individuals possessing a hunting and fishing license and WMA permit, from the fourth Saturday in August through the spring squirrel season.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters. Trapping and small game hunting closes at sunset the day before and during entire wild hog control season.

Wild Hog (Control Season) (Dogs Permitted): Jan. 18-20. No limit, either sex.

All participants in the hog control season must wear on the upper portion of their body and head a minimum of 500 square inches of daylight florescent orange, visible front and back.

Participants may use any legal weapon and ammunition that is legal for taking deer, bear or elk.

Legal hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after legal sunset.

Only authorized participants allowed on the area during the wild hog control season.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

327-STANDING STONE STATE FOREST

Overton County • 8,764 acres
Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • NP

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

01-deer.tif Deer - Same as statewide seasons, except buck-only bag limit during the muzzleloader season. Closed to county special season antlerless hunts. Wild hogs may be taken during any legal hunt by legal deer hunters.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

328-TELLICO LAKE (Including Wear’s Bend) (That portion of Tellico Reservoir Developement Agency Industrial Park a LTRM 18.0)

Monroe County • 8,000 acres
David Whitehead (423) 884-6767 • SG, BG

Field trial permit required.

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No blinds, blind materials, boats, or decoys may be left overnight.

Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt with no limit by legal big game hunters.

McGHEE-CARSON UNIT

That peninsula of Fort Loudoun Historic Park at Little Tennessee River Mile [LTRM] 21.0.

All small game hunting is for Young Sportsman (ages 6–16) only. Youths must be accompanied by a licensed adult, 21 years of age or older, who may not hunt or carry hunting devices. Each adult must possess a valid hunting license and area permit.

Horses - Permitted except on freshly planted fields, standing crops and special areas as posted.

08-dove.tif Dove – Young Sportsman – Sep. 3. Opens at noon.

07-squirrel.tif 09-rabbit.tif Squirrel/Rabbit – shotgunYoung Sportsman - Same as statewide seasons, except Monday through Thursday only. Shotguns only.

01-deer.tif Deer – shotgunYoung Sportsman – One hunt. Dec. 15. 35 hunter quota. One deer, either sex (bonus deer). Shotguns only.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Closed during field trials and big game hunts. Daylight hours only.

Field trials – Sep. 1–Apr. 30. Trials must be scheduled with area manager and special field trial permit obtained from the Region III Office (931-484-9571) at least 30 days prior to trial dates. Field trial gallery must be kept out of standing or planted crops by marshals provided by sponsoring clubs.

CHOTA REFUGE UNIT

That portion from LTRM 26.0 upstream to the Hiwassee-Alcoa Powerline at LTRM 29.7

Closed to all forms of use and trespass from Nov. 15 – last day of Feb. except in designated observation areas.

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. All seasons closed during refuge closure date. Deer hunting closed Nov. 5-14. Non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service required for small game hunting as posted. Steel shot is required for dove.

Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters.

10-quail.tif 09-rabbit.tif Quail – rabbit – Nov. 5-14.

23-dog_training.tif Dog trainingMar. 1–Oct 31.

Field trials – Mar. 1–Oct. 31. Trials must be scheduled with area manager and special field trial permit must be obtained from the Region III Office (931-484-9571) at least 30 days prior to trial dates.

329-THE BOILS

Jackson County • 119 acres
Region iii • (931) 484-9571 • sg, wf, bg

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training - Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

330-WATTS BAR

Roane County • 3,880 acres
primarily on islands and access areas on Watts Bar Lake Rob Klippel (865) 717-0579 • SG, WF, BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Waterfowl hunting allowed from temporary blinds only. No blinds, blind materials, boats, or decoys may be left overnight.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15.

Iron Hill Island • SG, WF, BG

Long Island Unit • SG, WF, BG

Thief Neck Island Unit • SG, WF, BG

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Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Deer is archery only, except juveniles may use shotgun/muzzleloader/archery equipment during the Young Sportsman hunts. Centerfire rifles prohibited. Small game hunting is archery and shotgun only. Small game hunting and dog training closed at sunset on the day before and during scheduled deer and turkey hunts on Thief Neck Island Unit. Non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service required for small game hunting on Long Island Unit.

22-trapping.tif Trapping – Same as statewide except closed during the duck season on Long Island Unit.

331-YUCHI REFUGE

Rhea County • 2,364 Acres
Bernie Swiney (423) 365-9166 • SG, WF, bg

Non-toxic shot only in Wetland Zone. Wetland Zone closed to all forms of public use, including all forms of trespass, from Nov. 15 – the last day of Feb. No boat access. No ATV, ORV, or horseback riding permitted.

On big game quota hunts, one non-hunting juvenile under the age of 16 may accompany an adult hunter (18 years or older) who has a valid WMA quota permit. During deer gun hunts, non-hunting juveniles must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations specified for legal hunters. Hunters required to check out big game at WMA check station when check station is in operation.

8446.png 22-trapping.tif Closed to quail hunting.

Same as statewide season, except as noted. Small game seasons closed in Wetland Zone from Nov. 15 – last day of Feb. Small game hunting closes at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts.

09-rabbit.tif Rabbit – Nov. 5-last day of Feb. Bag Limit is 3 per day.

08-dove.tif Dove – Young Sportsman – Sep. 1. Noon to sunset.

Dove - Sep. 2-22.

21-oppossum.tif 20-racoon.tif Opossum – raccoon – Same as statewide seasons except closed after Nov. 8. Hunting permitted on Wednesdays and Thursdays only, sunset to sunrise. All dogs need to be removed from the area prior to sunrise on Friday. Raccoon bag limit, one per party per night. No limit on opossums.

01-deer.tif Deer – Antlered deer must have a minimum of 4 points on one antler or a 15 inch minimum outside spread.

01-deer.tif 03-fall-turkey.tif Deer – turkey – archery - Two hunts. Sep. 29-30, Oct. 13-14. 100 hunter quota. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). One turkey, either sex.

01-deer.tif Deer – gun/archery – Young Sportsman – Two hunts. Oct. 6-7, 27-28. 75 hunter quota. Two deer, only one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer – muzzleloader/archery – One hunt. Oct. 20-21. 50 hunter quota. One deer, either sex (bonus deer).

Deer – gun/archery - One hunt. Nov. 3-4. 50 hunter quota. One deer, either sex (bonus deer).

handicap_icon.tif Deer – gun – wheelchair-bound only – One hunt. Nov. 10-11.
One deer, either sex (bonus deer).

02-spring_turkey.tif Turkey – Five hunts. Apr. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 23-25, Apr. 30-May 2. 10 hunter quota. One turkey (bonus bird). Hunting ends at noon each day. No access by boat. Walk-in only.

23-dog_training.tif Dog training – Sep. 1–Mar. 15 in Upland Zone. Sep. 1–Nov. 14 and Mar. 1–15 in Wetland Zone. Daylight hours only. No fox or coyote chasing. No dog training one day before and during scheduled big game hunts.

Retriever field trials - Must be pre-approved by area manager at least 30 days in advance of trial dates.

 

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