The application period for the TWRA’s computerized drawings for duck pools and blind sites is Sept. 9-30. The blinds are located in Bogota and Thorny Cypress Wildlife Management Areas (Dyer County near the Mississippi River) and in four Chickamauga WMA units near Chattanooga, specifically Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek.
Paper applications are available online or at license agencies and TWRA regional offices, but they must be delivered to a license agency and cannot be mailed in. The form resembles those for WMA quota deer hunts, except for group filings; however, each successful hunter may bring up to four guests to the duck blind each day. For those unsuccessful the Priority Drawing System is available for better luck next time.
For more information go to www.tnwildlife.org and select “For Hunters” and “Waterfowl Hunting”; or telephone TWRA’s Region III office at 800-262-6704. Five hunters are allowed per pool/blind. Also, parties of up to five are allowed to apply together, instead of only individually. This means that five hunters, who apply as a party, will have five chances of being drawn.
The youth-only waterfowl hunts in Bogota and Thorny Cypress WMAs, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 this season, are no longer included in this pool/blind drawing. Hunters ages 6-15 can apply for these blinds by mailing a U.S. postal card (or an index card) with their vital information and preferences for the live drawing on Jan. 18. See the waterfowl hunting section for more details.