Hunters should check guide/interactive map before heading to new land

Published 9:30 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

NASHVILLE — With turkey season about to start across the state, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding hunters to refer to the 2015-16 Hunting & Trapping Guide to make sure a wildlife management area has officially opened.

“We want to remind our sportsmen that just because we have posted property with boundary markers, it does not mean we have completed the legal process of opening a property to access,” said Tim Churchill, the chief of TWRA’s Real Estate Division.

The hunting guide lists wildlife management areas by regions and includes maps referencing information about each of them. That information includes which WMAs are open during turkey season. If a new WMA is not referenced, it is closed.

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“We also have an interactive map on our website ( and if a wildlife management area is not included on that map, you are not yet allowed to access it,” said Churchill.

Click this link to access the interactive map.

Turkey season begins April 2 and ends May 15. It is a 44-day season this year.

“This time next year many several new areas will be open across the state,” noted Churchill. “Keep an eye on our guide or our website.”