Big Game Closures - West TN
When the Mississippi River reaches 34 ft. on the Caruthersville, MO. river gauge, all big game hunting will close in Tennessee's Mississippi River Flood Waters Zone (MRFWZ) and remain closed until the river falls to 32 ft. on the Memphis gauge. The river is predicted to reach 34 ft. on Caruthersville's gauge on Wednesday, May 3.
This 2 ft. buffer ensures that harvest of turkeys will no longer occur on birds on isolated islands, levees, etc. due to the flooding. This closure is effective on both private and public lands. The MRFWZ is every thing below the bluff from the Kentucky state line to the Mississippi state line. This effects the counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer and Lake in West Tennessee.
To see the Mississippi River Flood Closure Zone, click map:
The following link indicates current river levels at Caruthersville: https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=ORN&product=RVA&format=txt&version=1&glossary=0