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West Tennessee Duck Blind Drawings
The first Saturday in August is a big day for duck hunters across
most of West and Middle Tennessee. It may be hot and humid and a far cry
from frosty mornings but it’s a special day nonetheless.
It’s drawing day for duck blinds on wildlife management areas under
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s public hunting units that range
all the way from Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee to a few units in
Wildlife Management Areas computerized drawings in Dyer County,
Gooch Unit E, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, White Oak (Lebanon Pond
area in Hardin County) and the four units on the Chickamauga WMA
(Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek) will
again be conducted for this season. The application period is Sept. 6-27
for these areas.
While the computerized drawings might suite some folks, there’s nothing
like showing up to one of these blind drawing events and sharing hunting
stories about the forthcoming season with some of your buddies.
It is indeed a sight for sore eyes!
Drawings on all of the
areas will be Saturday August 5, 2017. Registration will be 7:00 a.m. -
10:00 a.m. with the drawings to begin at 10:00 a.m.
Drawings will be held at the following locations:
Gooch Unit A (35 blinds)
Location for drawing - Town of Obion - City Park. Take U.S. Highway 51
north from Memphis or south from Union City. Get off at Obion exit, turn
east to City Park.
Reelfoot (53 blinds)
Location for drawing - Ellington Hall at Reelfoot State Park Visitors
Center, Hwy. 22, 2 ½ miles east of Tiptonville, TN. - across from
Kentucky Lake (Camden Units I&II, Harmon’s Creek, Big Sandy, and Gin
Creek - 75 blinds)
Location for drawing - Little League Ball Park in Big Sandy, TN. West
Sandy (42 blinds), better known as Springville bottom. Blinds for it
will be drawn at Henry County Fairgrounds.
Barkley WMA (25 blinds)
Location for drawing – Stewart County High School, 3 miles east of
Dover, TN at the corner of Hwy. 79 and Robertson Rd.
Tigrett WMA (17 blind sites)
Location for drawing- Dyersburg Fairgrounds (First Citizens Pavillion).
Take Newbern/ Dyersburg exit ( State Hwy 211) off U.S. Hwy. 412 at
Dyersburg. Take Hwy. 211 west, towards Dyersburg, turn on Community Park
Road. Fairgrounds will be on the right.
To participate in the annual blind drawing, individuals must:
•Be at least 16 years of age
•Appear in person
•Not have applied for more than one area
•Possess one of the following licenses and permits (except at Reelfoot
where only an annual Reelfoot Preservation Permit is required). No
licenses or permits will be available at blind drawing locations
•Lifetime Sportsman License
•Sportsman License (Type 04)
•Type 01 License and Type 91 Permit
•Type 166 License and Type 91 Permit or Type 167 Permit
•Proof of age (residents born before March 1, 1926) and Type 91 Permit
•Type 71 License and Type 91 Permit
•Type 73 License and Type 91 Permit
TWRA would like to remind people attending the blind drawings
that rules and regulations state - No person shall buy, sell, or barter,
or offer to buy, sell or barter the privilege of signing on a draw
blind. Violation of this is a Class B misdemeanor.
Information concerning duck blind drawings throughout the state
can be obtained from the TWRA website at