Skip to Content

Waterfowl Hunting In Tennessee

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 Early Waterfowl Season

Regulations for the late duck & goose seasons will be published in after seasons have been set and will be available in the Waterfowl Hunting Guide (October) as well.

Species Opens Closes Daily Bag
Canada Goose Sept. 1 Sept. 15 Limit 5 Canada geese
Sept. 13 Sept. 17 Limit 6*
Wood duck/Teal
Teal (only)** Sept. 18 Sept. 21 6 per day - Teal only


* Not to exceed 2 wood ducks. Total bag of 6 ducks
** All species of teal (blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon) are legal.

2014-2015 Late Waterfowl Seasons

Statewide Duck Zone

Species Hunting Dates Daily
Bag
Possession
Limit
Ducks, Coots, & Mergansers

Nov. 22 - 23, 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015

Ducks: The Daily bag limit of ducks is 6, and may include no more than
4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a female), 1 black duck, 3
wood ducks, 2 pintails, 1 canvasback,
3 scaup, and 2 redheads.

Coots and Gallinules: 15

Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

Virginia and sora rails: 25
The maximum number
of birds that could have
legally been taken in 3
days, except on opening
day and the second day
of the season when the
possession limit is the
daily bag limit and two
times the daily bag limit,
respectively.
Nov. 22 - 23, 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015
Purple Gallinules & Common Moorhens
Virginia & Sora Rails Nov. 22 - 23, 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season (for youths 6-15 years of age)* (The two Saturdays immediately following the close of the regular duck season, for both the Reelfoot Duck Zone and Remainder of State).

Jan. 31, 2015
Feb. 7, 2015
Same as statewide bag limits.

See Daily Bag Limits.
 
* Federal regulations allow only youth waterfowl hunters from 6 -15 years of age to participate. An adult at least 21 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field and must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. The adult accompanying the young hunter may not hunt ducks but may participate in other open seasons. Geese, coots, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks may be taken by youths during the Youth Waterfowl Season. WMAs with special closing times are open all day, each day of the Youth Waterfowl Season.

 

Reelfoot Duck Zone

Species Hunting Dates Daily
Bag
Possession
Limit
Ducks, Coots, & Mergansers Nov. 15 - 16, 2014
Nov. 29, 2014 – Jan. 25, 2015 Ducks: The Daily bag limit of ducks is 6, and may include no more than
4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a female), 1 black duck, 3
wood ducks, 2 pintails, 1 canvasback,
3 scaup, and 2 redheads.

Coots and Gallinules: 15

Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

Virginia and sora rails: 25
The maximum number
of birds that could have
legally been taken in 3
days, except on opening
day and the second day
of the season when the
possession limit is the
daily bag limit and two
times the daily bag limit,
respectively.
Nov. 15 - 16, 2014 Nov. 29, 2014 – Jan. 25, 2015
Purple Gallinules & Common Moorhens
Virginia & Sora Rails Nov. 15 - 16, 2014 Nov. 29, 2014 – Jan. 25, 2015
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season (for youths 6-15 years of age)* (The two Saturdays immediately following the close of the regular duck season, for both the Reelfoot Duck Zone and Remainder of State).

Jan. 31, 2015
Feb. 7, 2015
Same as statewide bag limits.

See Daily Bag Limits.
 
* Federal regulations allow only youth waterfowl hunters from 6 -15 years of age to participate. An adult at least 21 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field and must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. The adult accompanying the young hunter may not hunt ducks but may participate in other open seasons. Geese, coots, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks may be taken by youths during the Youth Waterfowl Season. WMAs with special closing times are open all day, each day of the Youth Waterfowl Season.

 

Canada Goose Seasons

Species

Statewide Canada Goose Zone*

Northwest Canada Goose Zone* Daily
Bag
Limit
Possession
Limit
Canada Geese
Oct. 11 - 28, 2014

Nov. 22 - 23, 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 -
Jan. 25, 2015
Oct. 11 - 15, 2014

Nov. 15 - 16, 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 -
Feb. 7, 2015
3 in all zones The maximum number
of birds that could have
legally been taken in 3
days, except on opening
day and the second day
of the season when the
possession limit is the
daily bag limit and two
times the daily bag limit,
respectively.

*The Northwest Zone includes Lake, Obion, 27 Weakley Counties;  that portion of Dyer County, excluding that portion south of Hwy 104; and Gibson County excluding that portion bounded on the south by Hwy 104 and on the west by Hwy 45W.

*The Statewide Zone includes all counties and portions of counties not included in the
Northwest Zone.

Other Species

Species Standard Season Conservation
Season
Daily
Bag
Limit
Possession
Limit
Blue, Snow, & Ross' Geese Standard Federal Regulations Apply
(Unplugged Shotguns and Electronic Calls NOT Allowed)

Nov. 22 - 23, 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 - Feb. 7, 2015

 

 

The Following Conservation
Provisions Apply during this Conservation season segment only:

Unplugged Shotguns and Electronic Calls Allowed


Feb. 8 – Mar. 10, 2015

20* There is no possession limit
for blue, snow and ross’ geese
except on opening day and the second day of the season when the possession limit is the daily
bag limit and two times the daily
bag limit, respectively.
Nov. 22 - 23, 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 - Feb. 7, 2015
None
White-fronted Geese 2 The maximum number of birds
that could have legally been
taken in 3 days, except on
opening day and the second
day of the season when the
possession limit is the daily bag
limit and two times the daily bag
limit, respectively.
Brant Nov. 23, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015 None 2

* The daily bag limit remains at 20 during the Conservation Season.

Waterfowl Blinds & Handheld Drawings

A hand drawing 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, Gooch Unit E,Harmon Creek, Haynes Bottom, Meeman-Shelby Forest WMA, Old Hickory Units I and II, Tigrett, AEDC (Woods Reservoir), West Sandy, White Oak(Lebanon Pond) 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.

Permanent Registered & 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’s 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 from temporary sites at the end of the shooting hours each day.

Blind permittee, 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 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 10:00 a.m. CDT. Reelfoot blinds must be registered with the TWRA manager prior to August 1. Lifetime Sportsman License or 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 (Type 025) 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, 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.

Wheelchair-bound Blind Sites

Certain WMAs have special blind sites established for wheelchair-bound hunters. See specific WMAs for regulations if applicable.

Temporary Blinds & Decoys

Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day, unless otherwise indicated under the individual WMA listing.

All decoys must be removed by the owner of the blind within ten days after the close of waterfowl season, unless otherwise indicated under the individual WMA listing. Refer to the 2011 Waterfowl Guide for additional restrictions.

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.

Waterfowl Blind Maps