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No hunting in Tenn parks?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by rajbcpa, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. rajbcpa

    rajbcpa Well-Known Member

    I'm planning to move to Tenn from NY later this summer. I think there are prohibitions on hunting in state and federal parks in Tenn.

    If this is the case, where do hunters hunt?

  2. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I don't think you can hunt in any sort of park whatsoever, nationwide.
  4. rajbcpa

    rajbcpa Well-Known Member

    I live in NY and I have hunted in NY state parks for +30 years. In NY we have the largest state park in the country and it welcomes hunters.
  5. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    There are city parks, county parks, state parks, and national parks. I'm not aware of any hunting allowed in any of them in any state. TN, as well as most other states have National Forest land, not to be confused with National Parks, where hunting is allowed. They also have areas owned by the state where hunting is allowed. Most hunting is on private property that folks either own, or allow others to hunt on with permission.

    Different states use different terminology. The State parks you refer to in NY sound like what we call WMA's, Wildlife Management Areas. here in GA. Lots of public land here and in TN. Just different terminology.
  6. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Go to this site:


    Most people hunt on private land but depending on where you live you might have access to some dynomite public land.
  7. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    In several Virginia State parks there is limited hunting...these are run by Department of Conservation and Recreation (SPLITTERS!!!!) They allow hunting in some parks...and take land which allowed hunting previously and revoke it


    Our Wildlife Management Areas are run by Department of Game and Inland Fisheries....DCR tried to get DGIF to encourage uses other than hunting and fishing in the WMAs and the DGIF responded by making anyone without a hunting license, boating license or boat registration pay for using the WMAs (HAHA up yours DCR) DGIF is funded heavily by license fees. Hikers, horse riders and bird watchers do not fund the WMAs.


    National Forests in Virginia allow hunting
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2013
  8. Davek1977

    Davek1977 Well-Known Member

    In South Dakota, we have limited hunting in at least one State park, if not more. While I do believe there is a ban on hunting in National Parks nationwide, I believe each state decides its own regulations as far as state park management. However, to answer the OP's question as to where people hunt, most states put out a guide outlining what areas are open to public hunting. Other than that, the answer is largely private land with permission from or fees paid to the landowner.
  9. TNboy

    TNboy Well-Known Member

    As this thread has been up for a while and I don't feel that it has adequately been answered I will chime in. I can't think of any state parks that allow hunting, however there are a number of wildlife management areas (WMAs) which are open to the public to hunt with a permit. I've lived in the middle and eastern portions of the state and I can say that the public pickings are poor in middle TN, there is public land but it is thick with other hunters. East TN doesn't seem as crowded and there seems to be more land but the terrain is much more challenging. I've had the best luck hunting on private land in middle and West TN, there are just more deer in those areas. Good luck, these days Tennessee isn't the easiest place to hunt.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I'm not aware of hunting being allowed in TN State Parks. Tennessee has WMA's (as mentioned above) that are of varying sizes and the hunting opportunities relate to the size and location. But generally they are pretty much black powder, shotgun, and archery. Yes rifles are allowed in some. All is by permit obtained in July. The National Forest lands are all WMA which I find a pain.

    The deer population in East TN is growing but not significant. Deer tend to be concentrated in certain areas, but generally are present just about everywhere East of the Appalachian Front.

    There are significant deer populations in Middle and West TN. Hunting is often on private land and many owners want to charge you for hunting on their property. Easiest approach is to join a hunting club and hunt on their leased lands.
  11. Skyshot

    Skyshot Well-Known Member

    No hunting in state parks in Tennessee, but there is plenty of public land WMA's and over 600,000 acres in the Cherokee Nat. Forest. Don't know what part of the state your moving to. Higher deer densities in middle and west Tn. Bears are in the Cherokee NF, Hogs are scattered across the state and turkeys are everywhere. If you can't find a place to hunt check out TNDEER.com

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