Public Hunting Areas

Public Hunting Areas & Info

Today Tennessee’s hunters are fortunate to have access to almost 63,000 acres of public hunting lands. These public areas are a cooperative effort between the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the various landholding companies to provide public hunting with the landowner setting, collecting and administering permits and the TWRA enforcing the rules and regulations governing these areas. Seasons are open same as statewide seasons.

People who use these public hunting areas can help ensure that these properties remain open by assuming some personal responsibility. Never litter or abuse the land. Some areas have been closed because of complaints from neighboring landowners about “slob hunters” and in an effort to reduce littering. Public lands are important to hunters and non-hunters alike, so all users should work to maintain a good relationship with the owners.

Heartwood PHA – (formerly Graham PHA)

Over 7,000 acres located in Perry County. A permit is required. Cost is $15.00 for adults and $12.50 for persons under 16 and over 65. For more information, contact the TWRA Region I office (731) 423-5725. Permits can be purchased at the following businesses:

Main Street Market – Lobelville
Sanders Market – Linden

Ataya PHA
51,000 acres in Campbell and Claiborne counties. For more information contact Resources Management Inc. at (606) 248-2235. Permits and maps can be purchased at the following businesses:

Southern Outdoors – Tazewell
Tuttles Grocery – Arthur
Rigsby’s – Tazewell
The Sports Shop – LaFollette
Smokies – White Oak
Kinfolk Market – Clairfield
Johnsons Auto – Clairfield


General Regulations
(On Public Hunting Areas where required, as per agreement.)
(a) Before any person may hunt on a Public Hunting Area he or she must possess a valid and appropriate hunt permit purchased from a Public Hunting Area permit agent. This permit must be available for inspection while on the area.
(b) A Public Hunting Area permit is subject to cancellation if the permittee violates any of the rules and regulations of the area.
(a) Use, possession, or transportation of firearms, bows and arrows or other weapons is expressly prohibited except during times when they may be legally used for hunting.

Safety Rules
(a) The hunter’s permit is subject to cancellation if he or she is found to be careless with firearms and no permit fee refund will be made.
(b) No hunt participant shall be in possession of any alcoholic beverage, narcotic drug, barbiturate, or marijuana while hunting within a Public Hunting Area. No person may be under the influence of these substances while hunting on a Public Hunting Area.
(c) Firearms loaded with ammunition in either the chamber or magazine may not be transported in or on motorized vehicles. Exception : muzzleloaders may be transported in a loaded condition if the percussion cap or primer is removed from the nipple or tube. Flintlock muzzleloaders must have the priming powder removed from the pan, the frizzen open and the vent plugged.
(d) Hunting is specifically prohibited inside safety zones on all Public Hunting Areas.

(a) All motorized vehicles must be muffler equipped to suppress noise and be spark arrestor equipped to prevent fires. Operation of motorized vehicles is confined to roads not designated as closed and driving off road into woods, fields, strip mines, foot trails, and utility rights-of-way is prohibited.
(b) Vehicles shall not be parked in any manner which will block or deny access to any road or trail.
(c) The use of wire, nails or other metal materials is prohibited in the building or attaching of climbing devices or hunting stands on or in trees. Hunting is prohibited from any stand attached to a tree with these materials. Portable climbing devices and stands that do not injure trees are excepted from this rule.
(d) No person shall deface, damage, destroy or remove any equipment, structures, signs, trees, plants, dirt or gravel from any Public Hunting Area without proper authorization.
(e) No garbage, refuse, litter or sewage shall be left or deposited on a Public Hunting Area.
(f) The use of buckshot for hunting and/or taking of deer and turkey is specifically prohibited.
(g) The use of ATVs (4 wheelers, 3 wheelers, dirt bikes, etc.) or any unlicensed motorized vehicle is prohibited on the Weyerhaeuser Public Hunting Area.
(h) Open fires are prohibited on all Public Hunting Areas.
(i) Other miscellaneous uses of Public Hunting Areas shall be in accordance with posted notices and/or as indicated on the hunt permit.
Other Hunting Lands
Fort Campbell – (270) 798-2175. Fort Campbell Web Site

Hartsville Generating Site – For permit information, contact Ralph Jordan or Phyllis Daigle at: TVA Resource Stewardship, P. O. Box 1589, Norris, TN 37828. Phone (865) 632-1604 or (865) 632-1767.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area – Permit required for feral hog hunting during the Jan. 21 – Feb. 29, 2004 season (no dogs allowed). For more information about hunting and obtaining a feral hog hunting permit call Big South Fork NRRA at (423) 569-9778 or the BSFNRRA Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.

Milan Army Ammunition Plant – (731) 686-6682

TVA’s Land Between The Lakes LBL Web Site

Tims Ford State Park Huntable Lands – Permit required, available at the Park Office. Same seasons and regulations as Owl Hollow Mill WMA(see page 39). All deer hunting is closed after Dec. 16. For more information call (931) 962-1184.

Private Wildlife Preserves
Individuals lawfully hunting captive wildlife on a wildlife preserve are not required to have a hunting license.
Upland game birds and waterfowl – Open year-round, No limit.
Big game (hogs, and non-native hoof stock only) – Open year-round. No limit. Elk, red deer, and mule deer harvested on wildlife preserves are subject to CWD testing.
Small game animals (fenced enclosures only) – Open year-round. No limit.
The taking of bobcat is specifically prohibited.
Hunting of native populations of wildlife on shooting preserves shall be the same as statewide hunting seasons. The hunting and taking of black bear is strictly prohibited on a wildlife preserve. Hunters must possess the appropriate licenses and permits when hunting native populations