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TWRA Firing Ranges

A young boy takes a shot at a Middle Tennessee firing range.

The TWRA offers several firing ranges and hunter education centers throughout the state for public use. In addition, archery ranges and Hunter Education classes are also available at some of the ranges as well, in addition to other services. Be sure to check with each range and center to see what is offered!




Region I (West Tennessee)

Natchez Trace State Park Firing Range

Contact Natchez Trace State Park office at (731) 968-3742.

TWRA Hunter Education and Range Facility (Memphis Area Firing Range)

Fee required. Located at 3200 Brother Blvd. Contact Sam Murrey at (901) 213-3124. Hours: Monday (Closed), Tuesday (12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.), Wednesday (Closed),Thursday (11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.), Friday (Closed), Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), Sunday (1:00 - 6:00 p.m.).

Indoor 25-yard range open to the public. No shotguns or center-fire rifles.
$8.50 (single lane), $12.50 for shared lane (max. of 2 people in shared lane). Cash or check only. No ammunition for sale.

All guns must be in a case before entering the facility. No holstered weapons, regardless of concealed weapon permit.

Directions: From I-40, take the Appling Road Exit. Proceed north on Appling Road and cross over Stage Road. Approximately 800 yards on the right side you will see a service road. There is a green Hunter Education sign on the light pole. The service road is right after the green sign.

Region II (Middle Tennessee)

Cheatham WMA Firing Range and Archery Range

Open 12:00 noon until dark every day. Fee required: Adult (age 16 or older - $5.50 for 2 hours), Youth (under 16 years of age - $1.50 for 2 hours). Must purchase the range entrance ticket from a TWRA license agent. No tickets available at the range. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages prohibited. Contact Randy Cromer (615) 792-4510.

Montgomery County Shooting Complex

Fee required. 4201 Southside Road, Southside, TN 37171, Phone Number: (931) 387-3456

Stones River Hunter Education Center

Fee required. 2618 Hobson Pike, Antioch, TN. Contact Tim Turrentine, Range Manager, at (615) 770-3900 for more information.

Yanahli WMA Firing Range

1st weekend in October to last weekend in December
Saturdays 10:00 AM - Sunset
Sundays 12:00 PM - Sunset

Region III (Cumberland Plateau)

Catoosa WMA

Peavine Checking Station and Genesis Checking Station. Open Apr. 1 - Jan. 31, except during turkey hunts. Contact Jim Lane (931) 456-2479.

Prentice Cooper WMA

The Prentice Cooper WMA firing range is open again and following its normal schedule. Please read the posted range rules and procedures when you arrive at the range as many rules and procedures have changed following the recent improvement project.

Rifles and handguns only. No shotguns. Open Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, daylight hours only. Closed during big game hunts. Contact Clint Smith at (423) 658-9201 for more information.

Region IV (East Tennessee)

John Sevier Hunter Education Center

John Sevier Hunter Education Center offers a variety of shooting opportunities including firearms and archery ranges as well as monthly hunter education and boater education classes. Several events are scheduled throughout the year on the various venues in addition to public shooting.

Located near the Halls community, the Center is easily accessible from I-75 via the Callahan Dr. exit or from north Broadway.
2327 Rifle Range Road, Knoxville, TN 37918 (865) 594-6279

Firearms must be cased and unloaded. Eye and ear protection is required.
All shotguns must have a stock (no pistol grips) and only slugs may be shot at the bench rest range.

  • Bench rest range with targets at 15, 50, and 100 yards (20 positions)
  • 8 target archery range 20-60 yards
  • Skeet, trap, and 5-stand *

*Shotgun clays shooting  is usually limited to one discipline each day with the following restrictions. Skeet is limited to #9 shot only due to a short fallout zone. Trap and 5-stand are limited to #7 ½, #8, or #9. The 5-stand is scheduled on the 2nd Saturday and 3rd Sunday of each month during Daylight Savings Time. Clays shooting has an additional fee of $7.00 per round (cash only) and is collected at that venue.

Days & Hours of Operation

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 1:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM.
Last ticket sold at 5 PM April thru October and 4:30 PM November thru February.
(winter hours will be implemeted in 2015)

All shooting stops by 6 PM except Tuesday night skeet or trap.
Tickets for Tuesday night are sold from 6:30 - 7:00 PM only and shooting stops by 10:00 PM.

2014 Holiday Schedule (remaining)

November 27, 2014 - Thanksgiving
December 21, 2014 - January 5, 2015 Christmas and New Year.

Everyone who shoots at the range must purchase an entrance ticket using one of the following forms of Identification. The operator of any motor vehicle  on the center will be asked to present a valid driver’s license (It is necessary to drive to the various venues). Otherwise a Tennessee hunting/fishing license or a social security number may be used.

  • Adults (16 and older) $5.50 for 2 hours
  • Annual pass $101.00
  • Youth (under 16) $1.50 for 2 hours
  • Annual pass $26.00

***Youth whether shooters or spectators must be immediately supervised by an adult at all times.***

Chuck Swan WMA Firing Range

Dustin J. McCubbins (865) 278-3248.
Open Thursday and Friday from Noon until Sunset, Saturday-Sunday from Sunrise to Sunset
Closed Monday-Wednesday and during scheduled big game hunts

North Cumberland WMA Firing Range

Located on Flatwoods Road. Stan Stooksbury (423) 566-8557.

North Cherokee WMA Ranges

Fee required, daylight hours only.

  • Jacobs Creek - Denton Valley Road, Sullivan Co. (423) 735-1500
  • Pond Mountain - Hwy. 321, Carter Co. (423) 735-1500
  • Scioto - Scioto Road, Unicoi Co. (423) 735-1500
  • Bubbling Springs - Hwy. 107, Cocke Co. (423) 638-4109