Blind Site Drawings
A hand-held drawing will be held on the first Saturday in August for permanent waterfowl draw blind sites on Barkley Unit I, Big Sandy (including Gin Creek Unit), Camden Units I and II, Cheatham Lake, Gooch Unit A, Harmon Creek, Haynes Bottom, Old Hickory Units I and II, Tigrett, AEDC (Woods Reservoir), West Sandy, and Reelfoot. Individuals wishing to compete in the drawing must appear in person at the designated location, with the appropriate licenses and permits and submit an application between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The drawing will be held immediately after the last person signs up. One application is permitted per person and no one may apply for more than one area. Each applicant must be at least sixteen (16) years of age to compete in the drawing or sign-on.
Blind/pool sites at Bogota, Thorny Cypress and Candies Creek, Rogers, Yellow Creek and Johnson Bottoms Units of Chickamauga WMA will be allocated by a computerized drawing. Hunters can apply through any TWRA license agent or on the internet at www.tnwildlife.org beginning September 7, 2011. Deadline for applying for 2011 Waterfowl Season blinds is October 12, 2011. There is a $10 fee plus a $1 license agent fee for applying through a TWRA license agent. For applying on the internet the fee is $10 plus a $2.50 fee charged by the company handling internet sales. Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime License holder, or senior possessing Type 167 permit are exempt from the application fee.
Hunters that are successful in drawing a blind/pool site on these areas must, within two weeks of their hunt date, return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” card which states they do intend to hunt their assigned blind/pool. If the notification to hunt is not received by TWRA within the specified deadline, the blind/pool will become vacant. These vacant blinds/pools, if any are available, will be allocated by a hand held drawing and can be used by the hunter during the specified hunt dates. For the Candies Creek, Rogers Creek, Yellow Creek and Johnson Bottoms Units of Chickamauga hand held drawings for vacant blinds/pools will be held at 6 p.m. EST at Hiwassee Refuge for the 2011 Waterfowl Season on Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 19, and Jan. 2 and 16, 2012. Information concerning availability of vacant blinds/pools can be obtained through the TWRA website (www.tnwildlife.org), by contacting the Region 3 Office (1-800-262-6704) or contacting the appropriate WMA manager. Bernie Swiney (423-365-9166) for vacancies on the Yellow Creek Unit and Jason Jackson (423-614-3018) for all other Chickamauga Creek Units.
For Bogota and Thorny Cypress, hand-held drawings for vacancies will occur each Monday at 6 p.m. at the Dyersburg TWRA Workbase during the late waterfowl season starting on Nov. 21 and the last drawing will occur Jan. 23.
Permanent registered and permanent draw blinds:
Waterfowl hunting on all the above WMAs (except Big Sandy, Camden Unit II, Harmon Creek, Barkley Unit II, Reelfoot, and West Sandy) permitted only from permanent blinds allocated by the hand-held drawing, unless otherwise specified. On Big Sandy, Camden Unit II, Harmon Creek, Barkley Unit II, Reelfoot, and West Sandy hunting is permitted from registered blinds and from temporary blinds or hides. Blinds, blind materials, boats, hides, and decoys must be removed at the end of the shooting hours each day.
The permittee, who is the person to whom the TWRA issued the permit, must occupy his/her blind by the legal daily opening shooting time on days he/she wishes to hunt, and if the blind is unoccupied at that time by the permittee, the first person or party occupying the blind shall be entitled to the privilege of its exclusive and uninterrupted use until the end of shooting hours that day. Exclusive and uninterrupted use entitles the person or party to the right to exclude all others from the blind, at the person’s or party’s option, except for law enforcement personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. The permittee has priority use (exclusive and uninterrupted) only if he/she is at the blind on or before the legal daily opening shooting time, regardless of whether or not the blind is occupied by another person or party, provided the permittee produces identification and his/her blind permit. No more than 8 individuals age 16 or older may occupy a permanent draw blind at any time. No restrictions on the number of youths under age 16.
West Sandy (Springville Bottoms) and Reelfoot registered blinds
West Sandy blind sites must be registered at the designated location on the first Saturday in August by 10 a.m. CDT. Reelfoot blinds must be registered with the TWRA manager prior to August 1. A Lifetime Sportsman License, Sportsman License, or an Annual Small Game and Waterfowl Permit (Type 091) or Type 167 is required at registration except Reelfoot where a Reelfoot Duck Blind Permit is required. Individuals claiming blind sites on these areas may not compete for blind site drawings on other areas.
All blind sites will be given a registration number, which must be displayed, using lettering 2 inches or larger inside the blind, or on a stake at floating blind sites. When floating blinds are moved to designated blind stakes, the number must be immediately transferred from the stake to the blind. No blind may be constructed or repaired or any floating blinds moved onto the area that have not met the deadlines for registering the blind and displaying the registration number. Unregistered and/or unnumbered blinds are subject to removal.
No blind may be locked or barricaded to deny entrance to other hunters when the blind is not in use.
Chickamauga WMA – Candies Creek, Rogers Creek, Yellow Creek and
Johnson Bottoms Units
All hunting is from registered temporary blind sites only. A blind may not be hunted unless the hunter who was drawn for that blind site during specified hunt date is present. If the drawn hunter is not present the blind site will not be hunted. The hunter drawn for a blind may bring up to three additional hunters to hunt. The number of hunters in a party may not exceed four hunters, one of which must be the hunter drawn for the blind site. All hunters must possess all appropriate hunting licenses and permits including that the hunter drawn for the blind site must also possess the TWRA blind site confirmation number as issued by TWRA. Decoys and temporary blinds may be left out over the specified hunt period by the hunter drawn for the blind site. Decoys must be removed upon completion of the hunt on their last hunt day.
Wheelchair-bound hunts, zones, or blinds are open to hunters who are totally and permanently confined to a wheelchair as certified by a physician. Certain WMAs have special blind sites established for wheelchair-bound hunters to include: Cheatham Lake, Old Hickory, Reelfoot, and West Sandy. See specific WMAs for regulations if applicable. On wheelchair-bound waterfowl hunts, each wheelchair-bound hunter must be accompanied by at least one, but not more than three assistants (at least one of whom must be age 16 years or older), who may also participate in hunting
Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day.
All decoys must be removed by the owner of the blind within 10 days after the close of waterfowl season.
Youths hunting waterfowl on a WMA: Youths, ages 6–15, must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device except as otherwise noted.