For some it’s just part of the preparation for hunting season. For others it’s just a social experience, a chance to hang out with friends and other hunters who care about all the same things you care about.
Tennessee’s long-standing tradition of hand-drawn duck blind drawings will be held at the regular sites across the state on Saturday, Aug. 4. Most are in West Tennessee. The closest and most popular for hunters in our area is at the AEDC/Woods Reservoir wildlife management area near Tullahoma.
Most people would admit that handheld drawings are far outdated. They are time-consuming for personnel, costly for TWRA and often inconvenient for hunters. Computer drawings are far easier and less costly for everyone involved. Somehow, however, some handheld drawings have become woven into the fabric of Tennessee’s hunting scene.
The waterfowl blind drawings are huge social affairs, often with vendors and displays set up for the hundreds or thousands of people that attend the ten or so drawing locations on Saturday. Many communities are even somewhat economically dependent on the out-of-towners who are attracted to their area’s drawing.
Interactive maps with specific location information, including GPS coordinates, can be found on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website.
However, for those that don’t understand the process, that website can be a confusing mish-mash of information, partly because some waterfowl hunting area blinds are allocated ONLY in the handheld drawing. However other waterfowl management areas allocate blind sites and hunt dates solely by computer drawing. While hand drawings will be held for the majority of the locations, a computerized drawing system will be used for blind sites on Bogota and Thorny Cypress wildlife management areas 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. 5-26 for these areas.
For newcomers to Tennessee waterfowling it can be very confusing to figure out and your best bet might be to call and speak with someone in the region where you expect to hunt (number below). But do it before Saturday.
Registration for the 2018 waterfowl drawings will be held from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and the drawings will begin at 10 a.m. at most locations.
Area – Blind Drawing Location
— Gooch WMA Unit A – Town of Obion, City Park
— Reelfoot WMA – Reelfoot State Park Visitors Center
— Kentucky Lake (Camden Units I & II, Harmon’s Creek, Big Sandy, Gin Creek) – Little League Park, Big Sandy
— Barkley WMA – Stewart County High School, Dover
— Tigrett WMA – Dyersburg Fairgrounds
— West Sandy – Henry County Fairgrounds, Paris
— Old Hickory WMA – Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon
— Cheatham Lake – Cheatham WMA Check Station
— Haynes Bottom WMA – Haynes Bottom WMA Shop, Montgomery County
— AEDC/Woods Reservoir – Morris Ferry Boat Ramp, Franklin County