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BG – Big Game quota permit or nonquota WMA annual permit. SG – Small Game WMA permit or combination waterfowl and small game WMA permit.
WF – Combination waterfowl and small game WMA permit. NP – No permit required.
HI – High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit

301-ALPINE MOUNTAIN

Overton County • 1,642 acres

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Quail – Nov 2 – Jan 15. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

302-Blackburn Fork

Southeastern Jackson County – 600 acres

West of HWY 135, North of Landford Hill Rd, East of Seven Knobs Rd and South of Daniel Hill Lane

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 SG, BG

Use of motorized vehicles or horseback riding prohibited. Closed to all nonhunting activities during big game hunts.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15

Dog training – Sept. 1 – March 15

303-BRIDGESTONE/FIREsTONE CENTENNIAL WILDERNESS

White County • 18,034 acres

on the Cumberland County line

6 miles south of Hwy. 70S

James Douglas (931) 935-3280 • SG, BG

No ATVs, motorcycles or hooved animal riding permitted. Closed to all non-hunting activities during deer hunts. Closed to all non-hunting activities during spring turkey season until 12 noon CDT. Antlered deer must have a minimum of four (4) points on one antler or a 15 inch minimum outside spread on all hunts. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters.

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

Same as statewide seasons, except deer season is closed Nov. 8 – 15 and after Dec. 6.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

BIG BOTTOM UNIT • SG, BG, HI

Special Use – Hooved animal riding, bicycling, and OHV use permitted only by individuals possessing a valid hunting and fishing license and WMA permit or a High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit.

Unauthorized entry is prohibited between sunset and sunrise. Closed to all non-hunting activities during big game hunts.

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

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Closed to Quail hunting.

Dog training – Sept. 1–Mar. 15.

304-CATOOSA

Cumberland/Morgan counties • 79,740 acres

I-40 exits, Peavine, Genesis, and Westel roads

Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG, HI

Special Use – Hooved animal riding, bicycling 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. OHVs permitted from the fourth Saturday in August through the spring squirrel season. OHVs, bicyclists and hooved animal riders may not enter the area except through gated TWRA access points.

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 and the Cumberland Trail Corridor is open to through hiking year round. 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, except the Cumberland Trail corridor is open to through hiking year round.

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. Closed to all hunting Mar. 1 – fourth Friday in August, except during turkey and spring squirrel seasons.

Attention Cumberland Trail Corridor users: Pedestrian access through the Catoosa WMA on the Cumberland Trail corridor will be allowed year round. All users within the Cumberland Trail corridor must wear visible fluorescent clothing during deer gun and muzzleloader hunts, spring turkey hunts, and wild hog control hunts. During all deer hunts, spring turkey hunts, and wild hog control hunts pedestrian access is limited to within 100 feet on either side of the Cumberland Trail corridor.

Closed to bear hunting.

All dog training is prohibited.

Same as statewide seasons, except closes at sunset the day before and during scheduled big game hunts, unless otherwise noted. Dogs are not permitted during the spring squirrel season. Trapping and small game hunting closed during wild hog control season. Closed to quail hunting and dog training.

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. During big game hunts, coyotes may be taken with any weapon legal for that hunt. Chasing fox, coyote or bobcat with dogs is not permitted.

Opossum – raccoon – Nov. 1 to sunrise Dec. 31, except closes at sunset on the day before and during scheduled big game hunts.

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

Deer (Archery) – One hunt: Sept. 28 – Oct. 6. Archery equipment only. Area checking stations operated. Entire area open. 2 deer no more than one antlered (deer counts towards statewide bag limit).

Deer (Muzzleloader) – Two hunts: Oct. 24 – 26, Nov. 14 – 16. Station quota per hunt: Genesis 1,000; Bicolor 1,000. One deer, antlered only (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun) – One hunt: Nov. 7 – 9. Station quota: Genesis 1,000; Bicolor 1,000. One deer, antlered only (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun – Young Sportsman) – One hunt: Oct. 19 – 20. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun) – One hunt: Nov. 28 -30. Entire area open. One deer, antlered only (bonus deer).

Wild Hog (Control Season – Dogs Permitted) – Dec. 4 – 8, 11 – 15 Entire area open. 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 fluorescent orange, visible front and back. Participants may use any legal weapon and ammunition that is legal for taking deer, bear or elk. Legal hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Checking stations open on Catoosa–all hogs must be transported whole to the checking stations for data collection.

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

Turkey – Six hunts: Apr. 3 – 5, 7 – 9, 14 – 16, 21 – 23, 24 – 26, 28 – 30. One bearded turkey per hunt, counts toward statewide bag limit

Turkey (Young Sportsman) – One hunt: Apr.18 – 19. One bearded turkey (bonus bird).

Trapping – Dec. 15 – Feb. 29.

Firing Range (Genesis Checking Station) – Open daily except during deer archery hunts and turkey hunts. Daylight hours only. Permit required.

Shooting Range (Peavine Campground) – Open Apr. 1 – Jan. 31, except closed during deer archery hunts and turkey hunts. Daylight hours only. Permit required.

305-CHARLOTTE ANN FINNELL NEAL

Bradley County • 495 acres

Region iii office (931) 484-9571 • sg,wf, bg

Use of motorized vehicles prohibited.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Deer season closes Dec. 6. Archery equipment only for deer hunting.

Small game open Dec. 7 – last day of Feb., except as noted. Squirrel season open from last Saturday in Aug. to Sep. 27, and during spring squirrel season. Dogs are not permitted during spring squirrel season.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

306-South CHEROKEE

along the Tennessee-North Carolina state line south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park • 250,000 acres

BRANDON WEAR (423) 884-6767 • bg

Includes former Ocoee and Tellico Units. Bear reserves are closed to all big game hunting when the bear season (dogs permitted) 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 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 blaze orange requirements. A bear hunter who has filled the daily or seasonal limit may continue to carry a firearm and take wild hogs where incidental taking is allowed. Closed to all hunting Mar. 1 through the 4thFriday in Aug., except turkey season.

Same as statewide, except as noted.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15. Small game hunters, except raccoon and opossum hunters, must wear 500 square inches of blaze orange during big game muzzleloader and gun hunts.

Spring squirrel season is closed. Small game hunting in bear reserves and party hunt area during scheduled party hunts prohibited one day before and during bear (dogs permitted) hunts.

Dogs permitted for squirrel hunting outside of bear reserves during bear dog hunts and Jan. 1 – last day of February. Squirrel hunters utilizing dogs during bear hunts are limited to a maximum of 2 dogs per vehicle.

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 weapon 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.

Deer/Bear (Archery) – Sept. 14 – 26 one deer, antlered or antlerless, counts toward statewide bag limit. One bear either sex outside the bear reserve.

Deer (Muzzleloader) – One hunt: Oct. 21 – 27. One deer, antlered only (deer counts towards state wide bag limit).

Deer (Gun – Young Sportsman) – One hunt: Oct. 19 – 20. One deer, antlered or antlerless deer counts towards state wide bag limit.

Deer (Gun) – Two hunts: Nov. 16 – Dec. 1; Dec. 18 – 25. Two deer, antlered only (deer counts towards state wide bag limit).

Bear (Gun – Dogs Permitted) – Four hunts: Oct. 5 – 13, Oct 28 – Nov 1, Dec. 2 – 15, Dec 26 – 29. One bear, either sex. Hunting confined to that area outside the Ocoee and Tellico Bear Reserves.

Bear Party-Dog Hunts (Gun – Dogs Permitted) – Four hunts: Oct. 5 – 6; Oct. 12 – 13; Oct. 28 – 29; Dec. 2 – 3. Quota party dog hunts, 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. Party-Dog Area closed during scheduled quota party-dog hunts.

Non-hunting juveniles 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.

Opossum, Raccoon – Outside of Tellico and Ocoee Bear Reserves Nov. 2 – 14, Jan.1 – last day of Feb. Inside Tellico and Ocoee Bear Reserves Jan 1 – 31, hunters are limited to a maximum of two dogs per vehicle. The only legal weapons on a raccoon hunt are .22 caliber short and long rifles.

Bear Dog Training Season – Sep. 4 – 13. No bears may be harvested. No weapons may be possessed. No training in bear reserves.

Turkey – Same as statewide spring turkey season.

Trapping – Jan. 1 – Feb. 29.

Shooting Range – Open daylight hours only (see Unit CWD).

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.

307-CHICKAMAUGA

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

Soddy Creek, Sale Creek

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Closed to quail hunting. Deer hunting with archery equipment only. Archery hunters must comply with blaze orange requirements during the statewide deer gun or muzzleloader seasons.Shotguns loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller only (except waterfowl). Waterfowl hunting restricted to use of shotguns loaded with No. 2 shot or smaller.

COTTONPORT, WASHINGTON FERRY, SHELTON BOTTOMS, MUD CREEK, NEW BETHAL, MOON ISLAND, GOODFIELD CREEK, GILLESPIE BEND, LEDFORD ISLAND, AGENCY CREEK, SUGAR CREEK, SOUTH MOUSE CREEK UNITS

Same as statewide hunting and trapping seasons. No waterfowl hunters permitted on Units from two hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4 a.m. the following day during the duck season(s). Closed to quail hunting.

CANDIES CREEK, JOHNSON BOTTOMS, ROGERS CREEK, YELLOW CREEK UNITS

Same as statewide seasons, except units closed to all forms of trespass including fishing, trapping and hunting for all species except waterfowl from the first opening day of the late duck season until the last day of the late duck season and on the day before and during the Youth Waterfowl hunts. Closed to quail hunting.

Waterfowl – Waterfowl hunting permitted on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the first and last day of the duck season. Waterfowl hunting ends at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday only. No waterfowl hunters or other activities permitted on units from two hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4 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 September. Quota application period runs from Sep. 4 – 25, 2019. 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.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15, except closed during late duck season.

SODDY CREEK, SALE CREEK, COTTONPORT,

YELLOW CREEK AND WASHINGTON FERRY

GREG ATCHLEY (423) 693-6604

CANDIES CREEK, JOHNSON BOTTOMS, ROGEr’S CREEK

JASON JACKSON (423) 614-3018

FOR ALL OTHER CHICKAMAUGA UNITS

ROB KLIPPEL (423) 693-6791

308-CORDELL HULL

Jackson/Smith counties • 25,000 acres

includes all property posted and painted with Corps of Engineer and/or TWRA signs

JOHNNY POSTON (615) 342-9307 • SG, WF, BG

Same as statewide seasons, except deer hunting ends on Dec. 6. Closed to quail hunting. Wheelchair-bound hunter zone open to wheelchair-bound hunters only.

Wheelchair-Bound Hunter Only Zone – 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).

Deer (Gun/Archery – Wheelchair-bound hunter zone) – Nov. 23 – 24. Deer bag limit is two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). Wheelchair-bound hunters only.

Turkey (Wheelchair-bound Hunter Only Zone) – Apr. 4 – May 17. Wheelchair-bound hunters only. Two turkeys, either sex (bonus bird).

Dog training – Sept. 1–Mar. 15.

Defeated Creek Unit

Same as statewide seasons except as noted. Closed to quail hunting. Archery equipment only for deer hunting. Shotguns only for small game hunting.

Defeated Creek Unit is that area of Defeated Creek that extends from the main river channel to the Corps of Engineers boundary along Defeated Creek excluding Defeated Creek Recreational Area.

309-CORDELL HULL REFUGE

Jackson County • 600 acres

near Gainesboro between Freestate Bridge Hwy 85A and Hwy 56 Bridge

JOHNNY POSTON (615) 342-9307 • 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.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Deer season is Sep. 23 – Oct. 29. All seasons closed during refuge closure dates including dog training. Closed to quail hunting.

Deer (Archery – Wheelchair-bound Hunter Only) – One hunt: Sep. 21 – 22. One deer, antlered or antlerless (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun – Wheelchair-bound Hunter Only) – One hunt: Nov. 9 – 10. One deer, antlered or antlerless (bonus deer).

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15, daylight hours only. Closed to training during refuge closure dates.

310-CUMMINGS COVE

Hamilton/Marion counties • 1,200 acres

Region iii office (931) 484-9571 • sg, bG

Access via Aetna Mountain Road. This is an unimproved dirt road with numerous washouts. Hazardous terrain, 4wd only.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

311-EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK

DeKalb County • 6,000 acres

on Center Hill Lake

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • BG

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

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Same as statewide seasons, except closed on north side of Center Hill Lake.

312-Enterprise South Nature Park

Hamilton County • 1,800 acres

Region iii Office • (931) 484-9571 • bg

Closed to hunting, trapping, and dog training except as noted. Coyotes may be taken on any hunt with weapons legal for that hunt.

Hunters are required to check in big game at WMA check stations when stations are in operation.

Deer (Shotgun) (Hunt for Warriors) – One hunt. Oct. 14 – 15. Hunter quota 15. Two deer, no more that one antlered (Bonus deer).

313-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

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 Park Headquarters before hunting. Harvested big game must be checked in at Park Headquarters. Coyotes may be taken on any hunt with weapons legal for that hunt.

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

Deer (Archery) – Four hunts: Nov 9 – 11, 12 – 14, 15 – 17, Dec 13 – 15. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). One bearded turkey.

Deer (Hunts for Warriors – Shotgun/Muzzleloader – Golf Course Zone) – One hunt: Dec. 3 – 4. Hunter quota 15. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Turkey (Archery) – One hunt: Apr. Apr 4 – 12. One turkey per day, not to exceed two turkeys (bonus bird).

314-FOURTH FRACTIONAL TOWNSHIP

Polk County • 520 acres

near Copper Hill

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • NP

Use of motorized vehicles prohibited.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Archery equipment only for big game. Archers must comply with legal blaze orange requirements during muzzleloader and gun seasons. Beagles and pointing breeds only. Dogs not permitted during spring squirrel season.

Small game hunting with shotguns only, using No. 6 shot or smaller.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Beagles and pointing breeds only. No dog training allowed during spring turkey season.

315-Harp

Bledsoe county • 285 acres

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG

Same as statewide seasons.

Quail – Nov. 2- Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

316-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.

Dove – Sep. 1, 12. Noon to sunset only. No access permitted by boat.

Dove (Youth) – Sep. 7. Noon to sunset only. No access permitted by boat.

Squirrel – Same as statewide seasons except as noted.

Rabbit – Oct. 28 – Nov. 14. Bag limit of three per day.

Opossum, Raccoon – Sep. 3 – Nov. 6. Hunting will be limited to Tuesday and Wednesday nights only.

Canada Goose – Sep. 1-15. No goose hunters permitted on refuge from two hours after shooting hours have ended until 4 a.m. the following day.

Wood Duck, Teal – Same as Sep. Wood Duck/Teal season. No duck hunters permitted on the refuge from two hours after shooting hours have ended until 4 a.m. the following day.

Deer (Shotgun – Muzzleloader)(Young- Sportsman) – One hunt: Sep. 14 – 15. Hunter quota 100. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Archery) – One hunt: Sep. 20 – 22. Hunter quota 200. Two deer no more than one antlered, one bearded turkey (bonus deer).

Deer (Archery) – One hunt: Oct. 4 – 6. Two deer, no more than one antlered, one bearded turkey (bonus deer).

Deer (Muzzleloader) – One hunt: Oct. 18 – 20. Hunter quota 150. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Muzzleloader) – One hunt: Oct. 25 – 27. Hunter quota 150. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Turkey – Same as statewide spring turkey season.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15, daylight hours only. Closed to training during refuge closure dates.

Retriever Dog Field Trials – Pre–approved by Area Manager at least 30 days in advance of trial dates.

317-JACKSON SWAMP

Overton County • 203 acres

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, WF, BG

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Closed to quail hunting.

Dove – Sep. 1 by hand-held drawing. Drawing to be conducted on Aug. 24 at Independence Community Center. Drawing sign-up begins at 4 p.m. local time. Drawing will be held at 5 p.m. local time. Hunters must be present to be drawn.

Dove – Sep. 2 through remainder of statewide season, same as statewide regulations.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

318-KEYES-HARRISON

Cumberland County • 1,740 acres

Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG, HI

Hooved animal riding, bicycling 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.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Dogs are not permitted during the spring squirrel season. Closed to quail hunting.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

319-Kingston Refuge

Roane County • 300 ACRES

Rob Klippel 423-693-6391 • BG

Closed to hunting, trapping and dog training.

320-Luper Mountain

Cumberland County • 2,070 acres

Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG, HI

Special Use – Hooved animal riding, bicycling 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.

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

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

321-McGlothin-Largen

Roane County • 112 acres

Region III office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG, WF

Use of motorized vehicles prohibited.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Deer season closes Dec. 6 Archery equipment only for deer. Waterfowl season closed for Sept. wood duck, teal, and Sept. Canada goose seasons.

Rabbit – Dec. 7 to last day of Feb. on Saturday and Sunday only. Bag limit of three per day.

Squirrel – Last Saturday in Aug. to Sep. 27, Dec. 7 to last day of Feb. and during spring squirrel season except as noted. Shotguns with No. 6 shot or smaller only.

Dove – Sep. 1, 2. Noon to sunset only on Sep. 1.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15. Beagles and pointing breeds only.

322-MT. ROOSEVELT

Cumberland/Roane/Morgan counties • 11,000 acres

Jim Lane (931) 456-2479 • SG, BG, HI

Special Use – Hooved animal riding, bicycling 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.

Closed to all non-hunting activities during big game hunts.

Same as statewide season except as noted. Closed to September Archery Bear Season. Dogs are not permitted during spring squirrel season.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Deer – same as statewide deer season. Closed to antlerless deer hunting during the gun season.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

323-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. Units closed after sunset except to opossum and raccoon hunters. Trespass prohibited by non-hunters on hunt days. Hixson, Rogers, Varner and Vandergriff Units closed to all forms of trespass except hunting and trapping during the late waterfowl seasons.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. All hunting ends on Jan. 31, except spring squirrel season and spring turkey season.

Hunting only allowed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, unless exception is indicated.

Shotguns loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller only (except waterfowl).

Closed to quail hunting.

Bag limit for rabbits is three per day.

Hixson, Rogers, Vandergriff and Varner Units closed to all forms of trespass except hunting and trapping during the late waterfowl seasons.

Dove – Sep. 1 and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the statewide dove season. Dove hunting from noon to sunset only. No dove hunters or dove hunting equipment on dove fields prior to 7 a.m. on opening day of the first segment on the dove season.

Deer – hunting with archery equipment only. Archery hunters must comply with blaze orange requirements during the statewide deer gun and muzzleloader seasons.

Turkey – hunting ends at noon each day.

Waterfowl – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and the first and last day of the statewide season and the youth waterfowl season. Shotguns loaded with No. 2 shot or smaller. Waterfowl 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.

Deer (Archery – Wheelchair-bound Hunter Only) – Varner Unit Wheelchair Accessible Blind Site Only) – Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Hunting only allowed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. To reserve blind call the Region 3 office.

Turkey (Wheelchair-bound Hunter Only – Varner Unit Wheelchair Accessible Blind Site Only) – Same as statewide season, except as noted. Hunting only allowed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Turkey hunting ends at noon each day. Shotguns loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller only. To reserve blind call the Region 3 office.

Waterfowl (Wheelchair-bound Hunter Only – Varner Unit Wheelchair Accessible Blind Site Only) – Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Hunting only allowed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hunting ends at noon each day. Waterfowl hunting restricted to use of shotguns loaded with No. 2 shot or smaller. To reserve blind call the Region 3 office.

Trapping – Friday before Thanksgiving – Jan. 31. Traps must be checked each day.

Dog training (all breeds) – Sep. 1 – Jan. 31. Hixson, Rogers, Varner and Vandergriff Units closed to dog training from the first opening day of the late duck season until the end of duck season.

PATTON UNIT • SG, WF, BG, HI

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

Possession of alcoholic beverages prohibited.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

324-OAK RIDGE

ROANE/ANDERSON COUNTIES • 36,000 ACRES

Shannon Young (865) 574-7052 (Check station); (865) 574-7681 (ofFIce) • SG, WF, BG

Shotguns, muzzleloading rifles and archery equipment only. On big game quota hunts and on approved scouting days for all areas, except behind all security checkpoints, a non-hunting juvenile under the age of 16 may accompany an adult hunter (21 years old or older) who has a valid Oak Ridge WMA quota permit. However, these non-hunting juveniles may not accompany hunters into any area requiring entry through a Security Portal or Security Police Officer Check Point (e.g. Tower Shielding Facility, Chestnut Ridge/Park City Road or any badged-only hunting areas). During deer hunts, non-hunting juveniles must also comply with blaze orange regulations specified for legal hunters. No boat access during deer hunts except to access Haw Ridge Park. Boat access only for waterfowl hunters accessing Solway and Freels Bend on or during the designated Sept. and Oct. hunting dates. Hunters must carry, at all times, hunting license and permit, valid picture identification (youth excluded), and signed current hunt map. During Oct., Nov., and Dec. big game hunts all hunters must wear daylight fluorescent orange (blaze orange) including archery hunters in the Archery-Only Zones. Dog training prohibited. Hunters are required to check in big game and coyotes at WMA check station. Coyotes may be taken on any hunt with weapons legal for that hunt.

Deer (Shotgun/Muzzleloader/Archery) (Zone 1) – Three hunts: Nov 2 – 3, Nov 9 – 10, Dec 7 – 8. Hunter quota 225. Three deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Shotgun/Muzzleloader/Archery)(Zone 1) – Three hunts: Nov 2 – 3, Nov 9 – 10, Dec 7 – 8. Hunter quota 225. Three deer, antlerless only (bonus deer).

Deer (Archery) (Zone 2) – Three hunts: Nov 2 – 3, Nov 9 – 10, Dec 7 – 8. Hunter quota 300. Three deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). One bearded turkey.

Deer (Archery) (Zone 2) – Three hunts: Nov 2 – 3, Nov 9 – 10, Dec 7 – 8. Hunter quota 300. Three deer, antlerless only (bonus deer). One bearded turkey.

Scouting dates: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for the Nov. 2 – 3 and Nov. 9 – 10 permit holders; Nov. 30 for the Dec. 7 – 8 permit holders.

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 only. Hunting from temporary blinds only.

Canada Goose – Sep. 1, 2, 7, 8, and Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13.

Wood Duck/Teal – Sep. 7 – 8.

Turkey – Two hunts: March 28 – 29 and Apr 18 – 19. Hunter quota 225. One bearded turkey (bonus bird). Hunting ends at noon daily. Successful hunters must be at the check station by 1 p.m.

Turkey scouting date: 7 a.m. to noon EST March 21 for the March 28 – 29 and Apr 18 – 19 permit holders and approved youths only.

All listed times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time or Eastern Standard Time.

325-PAINT ROCK REFUGE

Roane County • 1,600 acres

on Watts Bar Lake

Rob Klippel (423) 693-6791 • SG, WF, BG

Same as statewide, except as noted. Archery equipment only for deer. Archers must comply with legal blaze orange requirements during muzzleloader and gun seasons. Shotguns only for small game.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15

326-PEA RIDGE

DeKalb County • 1,958 acres

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG, HI

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

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Deer same as statewide Unit B season except closed Nov. 16 – 22.

Closed to quail hunting except open to young sportsmens quail hunt Nov. 16 – 22. Bag limit 2 quail per day per hunter. Youth quail hunters must be accompanied by a non hunting adult age 21 or older.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

327-PICKETT STATE FOREST

Pickett County • 11,000 acres

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • NP

Same as statewide seasons.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

328-PRENTICE COOPER STATE FOREST

Marion County • 24,000 acres

on Hwy. 27, 5 miles east of Powell’s Crossroads

Clint Smith (423) 658-0298 • SG, BG

Unauthorized entry or presence is prohibited between sunset and sunrise. 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. 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 in big game at the WMA check station when station is in operation. Closed to all hunting Mar. 1 – the fourth Friday in August, except during spring turkey and spring squirrel seasons.

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. Closed to quail hunting.

Fox – opossum – raccoon – 3rd Friday in Oct. – Jan. 31, except hunting will be limited to Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights only. Bag limit is one per party per night.

Deer (Archery) – One hunt: Sep. 21 – 23. Hunter quota 400. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Archery) – One hunt: Sep. 24 – 27. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). No area checking station operated.

Deer (Muzzleloader) – Two hunts: Oct. 3 – 5, 24 – 26. Hunter quota 250. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun – Young Sportsman) – One hunt: Oct. 19 – 20. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun) – One hunt: Nov. 1 – 3. One deer, antlered only (bonus deer)

Deer (Gun) – One hunt: Nov. 23 – 28. Two deer, antlered only (bonus deer).

Turkey – Six hunts: Apr 7 – 9, 10 – 12, 15 – 17, 23 – 25, 28 – 30, May 1 – 3. One bearded turkey per day, not to exceed the statewide bag limit.

Trapping – Dec. 12 – 22.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

Firing Range – Open Thursday, Friday, Saturdays only, during daylight hours. Closed during big game hunts. Permit required (see Unit CWD).

329-Skinner Mountain

Fentress County • 4,193 acres

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • SG, BG, HI

Special Use – Hooved animal riding, bicycling 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. OHVs permitted from the fourth Saturday in August through the spring squirrel season.

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

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Wild Hog (Control Season – Dogs Permitted) – Jan. 10 – 12. No limit, either sex. Only authorized participants allowed on the area during the Wild Hog Control Season.

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 blaze orange, visible front and back.

Participants may use any legal weapon and ammunition that is legal for taking Deer, Bear or Elk.

Legal hours – One half-hour before sunrise and to one half-hour after sunset.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

330-STANDING STONE STATE FOREST

Overton County • 8,764 acres

Region III Office (931) 484-9571 • NP

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

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

331-TELLICO LAKE

Monroe and Loudon County • 8,000 acres

BRANDON WEAR (423) 884-6767 • SG, BG

Field trial permit required.

Same as statewide season, except as noted. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters. No blinds or decoys left overnight.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

WEAR’S BEND UNIT – (THAT PORTION OF TELLICO RESERVOIR DEVELOPMENT AGENCY INDUSTRIAL PARK AT LTRM 18.0 ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TELLICO RESERVOIR)

Same as statewide season, except as noted. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer hunt by legal deer hunters. Antlered deer only during the gun season. No blinds or decoys left overnight.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

TELLICO WEST UNIT – (THAT PORTION OF TELLICO RESERVOIR DEVELOPMENT AGENCY INDUSTRIAL PARK AT LTRM 18.0 ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF TELLICO RESERVOIR)

Deer (Archery) – Four hunts: Sept. 14 – 15, Oct. 12 – 13, Nov. 9 – 10, Dec. 14 – 15. Hunter quota 30 each hunt. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Turkey (Young Sportsman) – Two hunt: Mar. 28 – 29, Apr 18 – 19. Hunter quota 5. One turkey (bonus bird).

MCGHEE-CARSON UNIT – (THAT PENINSULA OF FT. LOUDOUN STATE HISTORIC PARK AT LTRM 21.0)

All small game hunting is for Young Sportsman (ages 6 – 16 only). Each youth must be accompanied by a non hunting adult 21 or older. For small game hunting either the youth or the adult must possess a WMA small game permit. For big game hunting youth must possess a WMA big game permit.

Dove – Sep. 2, opens at noon.

Rabbit, Squirrel – Nov. 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24, Nov 30 – Dec 1, Dec 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 28 – 29, Jan. 4-5. Bag limit 3 rabbits per day. Shotguns only.

Deer (Shotgun only – Young-Sportsman) – One hunt: Dec. 7 – 8. Hunter quota 35. One antlered or antlerless deer.

Turkey (Young Sportsman) – Mar. 28 – 29, April 18 – 19. Hunter quota 5. One turkey (bonus bird).

Dog training – Closed during field trials and big game hunts. Daylight hours only.

Dog Field Trials – Field Trial Permit Required. Sep. 1–Apr. 30. Trials must be scheduled with Area Manager and special field trial permit must be obtained from the TWRA Region III Office at least 30 days before trial dates. Field trial gallery – must be kept out of standing or planted crops by marshals provided by sponsoring clubs. Horses permitted during dog training and field trials.

CHOTA REFUGE UNIT – (THAT PORTION FROM LTRM 26.0 UPSTREAM TO THE HIWASSEE – ALCOA POWERLINE AT LTRM 29.7)

Same as statewide, except as noted. Closed to all forms of use and trespass from Nov. 15 through last day of Feb., except in designated observation areas. Wild hogs may be taken during any deer or bear hunt by legal deer or bear hunters. All seasons closed during the refuge closure dates. Steel shot is required for doves.

Nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service required for small game hunting as posted.

No deer hunting Oct. 26 – Nov. 1.

Rabbit, Quail – Oct. 26- Nov. 1.

Dog training – Mar. 1 – Oct. 31.

Dog Field Trials – Mar. 1 – Oct. 31. Field Trial Permit Required. Trials must be scheduled with Area Manager and special field trial permit must be obtained from the TWRA Region III Office at least 30 days before trial dates.

332-THE BOILS

Jackson County • 119 acres

Region iii • (931) 484-9571 • sg, wf, bg

Use of motorized vehicles prohibited.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Closed to quail hunting.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

333-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

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

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Dog training – Sep. 1 – Mar. 15.

Iron Hill Island; Long Island Unit; Thief Neck Island Unit

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted. Small game hunting is open with statewide seasons, except it is shotgun-archery only. During the deer season, small game hunting is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Thief Neck Island.

Archery equipment only for deer except juveniles may use shotguns or muzzleloaders during statewide Young Sportsman hunts. Centerfire rifles prohibited.

Quail – Nov. 2 – Jan. 15.

Same as statewide season, except no trapping during the duck season on the Long Island Unit.

334-YUCHI REFUGE

Rhea County • 2,364 Acres

GREG ATCHLEY (423) 693-6604 • 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 blaze orange regulations specified for legal hunters. Hunters required to check in big game at WMA check station when check station is in operation.

Same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Closed to quail hunting. 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.

Dove – Sep. 1 until the end of the first segment.

Raccoon, Opossum – Oct. 29 until the last day of Feb. Hunting permitted on Tuesday and Wednesday only, sunset to sunrise. Bag limit on raccoons, one per person per night. No limit on opossums. All dogs must be removed from the area prior to sunrise on Thursday.

Rabbit – Nov. 2 – last day of February. Bag limit on rabbits is three per day.

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

Deer, Turkey (Archery) – One hunt: Oct. 12 – 13. Hunter quota 100. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer). One bearded turkey.

Deer (Gun – Young Sportsman) – Two hunts: Oct. 5 – 6, 26 – 27. Hunter quota 75 each hunt. Two deer, only one antlered (bonus deer). Antler point restrictions do not apply to these hunts.

Deer (Muzzleloader) – One hunt: Oct. 19 – 20. Hunter quota 50. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Gun) – One hunt: Nov. 2 – 3. Hunter quota 50. Two deer, no more than one antlered (bonus deer).

Deer (Muzzleloader) (Upland Zone) – One hunt: Dec. 7 – 8. Hunter quota 25. Two deer no more than one antlered. (bonus deer)

Deer (Gun) (Upland Zone) – One hunt: Jan. 11 – 12. Hunter quota 25. Two deer no more than one antlered. (bonus deer)

Deer, Turkey (Wheelchair-bound Only) – Three wheelchair-bound hunters allowed per quota deer hunt and two hunters per turkey quota hunt. Hunters must contact Region 3 office to reserve hunt date.

Turkey – Four hunts: Mar. 27 – 29, Apr. 3 – 5, 17 – 19, May 1 – 3. Hunter quota 10. One turkey (bonus bird). Hunting ends at noon. Walk-in only.

Turkey (Young Sportsman) – One hunt: Mar. 14 – 16. Hunter quota 15. One bearded turkey (bonus bird). Hunting ends at noon. Walk-in only.

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 Dog Field Trials – Pre-approved by Area Manager at least 30 days in advance of trial dates.

Reserve Information

South Cheriokee 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 Bear Regulations.

 

Hunt Compartments

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 Tellico

That portion of the Tellico River drainage lying east of Turkey Creek, north of the Tellico River Road and North of the North River Road, west of the North Carolina state line, and south of the Cherohala Skyway (Hwy. 65).

Upper Bald River

That portion of the Bald River and Tellico River drainages lying south of the Tellico River Road, south of the Bald River Road, east of the Waucheesi Mountain Road, and north of the North Carolina state line.

Lower Bald River

That portion of the Bald River and Tellico River drainages lying south of the Tellico River Road, east of the Basin Lead Trail (FS trail 161), and north of the Bald River Road.