Public shooting ranges are provided at many wildlife management areas, supported by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Some of the ranges are nice facilities with range officers in attendance. “Tier 1” ranges are the most basic, rudimentary firing ranges without staff most of the time.
The TWRA is now waiving the usual $5.50 user fee for Tier 1. All shooters at the WMA ranges must have a current Tennessee hunting license and visits are usually limited to two hours. Operating hours vary. See the complete list of TWRA ranges on page 34 of the 2016-17 Hunting Guide, or find it online at www.tnwildlife.org.
The Tier 1 ranges are in the following WMAs: Cheatham, Yanahli (limited to big game hunting rifles), Catoosa (two) at the Genesis checking station and at the Peavine campground, Prentice Cooper, Chuck Swan, and North Cumberland at Royal Blue.