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Tennessee Quota Hunts

DeerThe Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency realizes that in some areas of Tennessee, the number of hunters needs to be restricted so as not to cause a major impact on the resource. In these areas, the Agency utilizes a quota hunt system.

The quota hunt system randomly selects a specified number of hunters from a pool of applicants. Applications are processed through the Online License Center on the Internet and through any TWRA license agent.

Tennessee has a priority point system in place for several of its quota hunts. An applicant is awarded one point for each year he/she applies and is unsuccessful up to the maximum for that particular hunt.

Each point system is unique and separate for the different quota hunts.

Computerized Waterfowl Blind Drawings

Hunting areas and dates will be allocated through a computer drawing held in October for pools/blind in Regions 1 & 3. The quota application period will run from Sep. 10 - Oct.1, 2014.

To submit you application visit a license vendor or apply on-line at: https://www.tn.wildlifelicense.com/

There are additional WMAs that are going to hold computerized blind drawings this year; Gooch Unit E, White Oak (Lebanon Pond) and Shelby Forest will join Bogota, Thorny Cypress and Chickamauga.

This year applicants will be allowed to choose up to 24 hunt choices and up to 5 drawings.

The Waterfowl hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org. Mailed instruction sheets will not be processed into the drawing system.

There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit in addition to their permanent senior citizen license. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $10 permit fee. There is a $1 agent fee for applications made at a license agent. When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information is correct on the receipt.

For applications made on the internet, there is a $2 internet usage fee. An internet application is not complete until the applicant gets a Temporary Authorization Number, which is found on the Purchase Confirmation page.

Please contact Sonya Northrup at 615-781-6621 for questions about the waterfowl quota hunts or if you need assistance in applying.

An interactive map of the waterfowl blind sites can be found at Waterfowl Blind Site Map and there are more map links below.

2014 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

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Quota Hunts FAQ

What exactly is a quota hunt?
TWRA realizes that on some WMAs, the number of animals harvested must be restricted so there will not be a major impact on the wildlife. In these areas, the agency uses a quota hunt system. Wildlife biologists determine how many animals need to be harvested then determine how many permits need to be issued in order to reach their harvest goals. The permits are then allocated and the end result is a quota hunt.


What types of quota hunts are there?

Quota hunts are drawn hunts and these are for specific hunts on WMAs during the fall and spring big game hunting seasons. Hunters apply for individual hunts, and then a computer randomly selects hunters until all the permits are allocated. More information about the WMA drawn hunts is found in the 2014 Hunting & Trapping Guide.


How do I apply for a quota hunt?

All applications are electronically processed through the Online License Center or through any TWRA license agent. No mail-in applications are accepted.


What is “priority”?

Tennessee has a priority point system in place for several of its WMA quota hunts. An applicant is awarded one point for each year he/she applies and is not drawn for that quota drawing, i.e., WMA Big Game, Spring Turkey WMA, etc. Applicants with the highest priority are always drawn first.

In order to be drawn with priority, applicants must apply either alone or in a party in which all applicants have the same priority status. If a party includes a member with a different priority, that party (and all its members) will be drawn at the lowest priority of the application.

Each applicant’s priority is individual; it is only in the drawing that an applicant’s party priority is considered. When a party is unsuccessful, each applicant’s actual current priority status will increase by one point up to the maximum.

Each point system is unique and separate for the different quota drawings. When a person is drawn for a quota hunt his/her priority points will be reset to “0” the following year.

  • Spring Turkey WMA: Maximum of five (5) priority points.
  • WMA Big Game: No limit. Currently the maximum number of priority points any hunter will have going into the 2014 WMA drawing will be nine (9).
  • Elk hunts: no priority. An applicant successfully drawn may not reapply for 10 years.
  • Youth WMA Big Game: Maximum of two (2) priority points.
  • WMA Waterfowl: No limit. Currently the maximum number of priority points any hunter will have going into the 2014 waterfowl drawing will be two (2).


How much does it cost to apply?

Unless you are a Sportsman (Type 004), Lifetime License holder, or senior possessing a Type 167, the cost is $10.00 non-refundable for each permit applied for. Example: The “Maximum Awarded Permits” for WMA Big Game is two, meaning two drawings are held for the same pool of applicants. You may choose to enter one drawing, you will only be eligible for one permit and the cost will be $10.00, plus any applicable fees. If you enter both drawings, you will be eligible for two permits and the cost will be $20.00, plus any fees. You must choose the number of drawings, party information and hunt choices on one application. Please see the instruction sheet for the hunt you are interested in for additional information.

Any questions regarding Quota Hunts, please call (615) 781-6621.