2017-2018 Tennessee Hunting Seasons Summary
2017-2018 Full Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide

Region 4 Dove Fields

Region 4 - East Tennessee

TWRA Region 4
Current fields as of August 3, 2016. Please check this page often for changes and additions.

Remember shotgun plugs and Migratory Bird Permit. Hunter Education required for those born on or after January, 1, 1969.

*Note:  Capacity may be limited on some fields depending on hunter turnout.

  • Region 4 WMA Fields
  • Region 4 Youth Dove Hunt
  • Buffalo Springs

    Crops planted: 5 acres of sunflower, 1 acre of buckwheat, 2 acres millet, 7 acres of corn

    Hunt Dates: Same as statewide seasons. Opens at noon on September 1.

    Maximum field capacity 60 hunters. 

    Field will not be accessible until 10 a.m.

    *Note:  Capacity may be limited on some fields depending on hunter turnout.

    Directions: ​ (Grainger County) From Knoxville take the Rutledge Pike Exit (Hwy. 11W) off Interstate 40 north through Blaine to Joppa. Just past Joppa School, take the first road to the right (Owl Hole Gap Road), go 3.7 miles and turn right on Indian Ridge Road. Then go 0.6 miles and turn left on the gravel road at the Buffalo Springs WMA sign.

    From Jefferson City , TN take Hwy 92 toward Rutledge. Go 1.4 miles north past Cherokee Dam and turn left on Owl Hole Gap Rd. Then go 4.9 miles and turn left on Indian Ridge Road . Then go 0.6 miles and turn left on the gravel road at the Buffalo Springs WMA sign. 

    GPS Coordinates: N 36.20694, W -83.56221

    WMA Small Game Permit is required.

    WMA Map (zoom in to see dove fields) and Google Directions

    Chuck Swan

    Crops planted:  30 acres of wheat

    Hunt Dates: Same as statewide seasons. Opens at noon on September 1.

    Directions: Take Hwy. 33N out of Knoxville, cross Norris Lake; go approximately 1 mile and turn left on Sharps Chapel Road; this dead ends into Chuck Swan. Dove fields will be at the end of Forks of the River Rd. (about 14 miles from the gates).

    WMA Small Game Permit is required.

    GPS Coordinates: N36.28044, W-84.01107

    WMA Map (zoom in to see dove fields) and Google Directions

    Forks Of The River

    Crops planted: 51 acres of sunflower,  6 acres of wheat (burned), 6 acres of wheat (top sown).  Youth field: 4 acres of sunflowers

    Hunt Dates: September 1 (12:00 noon),  3, 5, and every day thereafter during the statewide dove seasons.

    *Designated Youth/Adult field closed until Sept. 5.  On Sept. 5, this field may be hunted by youths (ages 6-16) and the accompanying licensed adult.  This field is open to all hunters beginning Sept. 6.

    Directions: In Knoxville, cross the South Knoxville Bridge and exit right at the first exit. Turn left and continue to the end of road. Turn right on Island Home Ave and continue past Ijams Nature Center. Cross railroad track, and turn at next left on McClure Road. Go to the end of the road.

    WMA Small Game Permit is required.

    GPS Coordinates: N35.954175, W-83.85097  Youth Field: N35.95244, W-83.8576

    WMA Map (zoom in to see dove fields) and Google Directions

    Joachim Bible Refuge Field (NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY)

    Crops planted: 38 acres of wheat, 2 acres of buckwheat

    Hunt Dates:  Juvenile/adult only.  Opens Sept. 3 and every day thereafter during the first and second statewide segments.

    *This field may be hunted by youths (ages 6-16) and the accompanying licensed adult. 

    *Note:  Capacity may be limited on some fields depending on hunter turnout.

    Directions: Get off Exit 15 on I-81; take Hwy. 340 South (i.e., Fish Hatchery Road). Then go 4 miles and turn left on Hwy. 348 West. Then go 3.5 miles and turn right at Concord Road (Pettit’s Grocery). Then go 1.2 miles and turn right at Matthews Lane. The field is at the end of the road. 

    WMA Small Game Permit is required

    GPS Coordinates: N36.15599, W -83.082957

    WMA Map (zoom in to see dove fields) and Google Directions

    Kyles Ford

    Crops planted: 30 acres of top-sown wheat.

    Hunt Dates: Same as statewide season. Opens at noon on September 1.

    Directions: From Morristown, travel 6.1 miles on U.S. 25E north. Take U.S. 11W north and travel 19.8 miles toward Rogersville. Take Hwy. 70 north and travel 16.8 miles to Kyles Ford. Turn right on Horton Ford Road and travel approximately 1 mile to the dove field.

    WMA Small Game Permit is required.

    GPS Coordinates: N36.58102, W -83.01802

    WMA Map (zoom in to see dove fields) and Google Directions

    Lick Creek (Mohawk Field: NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY)

    Crops planted: 48 acres of wheat, 2 acres of buckwheat

    Hunt Dates: Same as statewide seasons. Opens at noon on September 1.

    Open Sept. 1 (opens at noon), 3 and everyday thereafter during statewide season except Sept 3 is youth/adult only from sunrise to noon then open to all hunters. 

    *Note:  Capacity may be limited on some fields depending on hunter turnout.

    Directions: Take McDonald Road and turn south on to South Mohawk Road and go approximately 1.5 miles and the field is on the left.

    WMA Small Game Permit is required. 

    GPS Coordinates: N36.15576, W-83.0755

    WMA Map (zoom in to see dove fields) and Google Directions

  • 6th Annual TWRA Youth Dove Hunt

    Hunt Date: Saturday, September 17.  Registration begins at Noon EST.
    Location:  University of Tennessee Education & Research Center, Greeneville, TN

    The sixth annual TWRA Youth Dove Hunt is set for Sat., Sept. 17 at the University of Tennessee Education and Research Center in Greeneville. Once again, mentors accompanying the youth will be allowed to participate in the hunt. Youth ages 10-16 are eligible to participate and must be accompanied by a mentor age 21 or older. Appropriate hunting licenses and Migratory Bird Permit are required for ages 13 to 16, as well as mentors. Mentors born after Jan. 1, 1969 and youth hunters are required to possess proof of successful completion of a hunter education course. Only 50 hunting stations are available and will be determined by a drawing, which will be held before the hunt. If more than 50 hunters are present, a hunter that does not get drawn may fill a vacated station once a hunter fills his or her bag limit or wishes to quit hunting. The event is free with registration beginning at noon, followed by trap shooting. Free ammunition will be provided for the trap shoot and lunch will be free of charge, courtesy of the UT Education and Research Center. The dove hunt will begin around 3 p.m. The University of Tennessee Education and Research Center is located on 2255 East Allen’s Bridge Road, off Hwy. 70 in Greeneville. Directions to the Center are available online at http://greeneville.tennessee.edu/