Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply for the refuge deer quota hunt?
The refuge accepts applications for the deer quota hunt during the month of July. Applicants submit a U.S. Postal Service post card (see example under Quota Deer Gun Hunt ) with full legal name and address of each applicant (only four may apply on the same card) to the refuge. Public drawing is held at the refuge office in August (please see refuge brochure for date). If you are drawn for the quota hunt, a notification will be sent to you. If you are not drawn for the quota hunt, your application card will be sent back to you through the mail with a sticker placed on the back stating you were not drawn that particular year. *Note-If you are not drawn, you will only receive your application card back if it was filled out correctly. Please make sure you self-address your application card and send in an envelope to the refuge during the initial application process.
- When does your annual flood season start end?
The greatest amount of rainfall generally occurs Nov-Feb, although it may occur as early as Oct. and last into June.
- What's the current water level of the Hatchie River?
There are three water level station locations on the Hatchie River. Hatchie River Water Levels, Rialto, and Hwy 76 water levels. The Hatchie River water level is found on our homepage.
- When will flooded roads re-open on the refuge?
Roads re-open when public safety can be assured. Updates are posted on our general information extension, after hours call 731/772-0501, ext 227.
- Does the refuge allow camping or have facilities?
There is no camping or camping facilities on the refuge. However, there are hotel accommodations at Exit 56 and camping just a few miles from the refuge on I-40 east at Exit 68.
- Can you provide a tour of the refuge or meet with our group about the refuge?
Yes. The refuge provides educational, interpretive, and informational opportunities to a host of civil, non-government, and educational organizations. Anyone or group interested must contact the refuge manager to set up dates and times.
- How many eagles are sighted on Hatchie NWR?
The number varies depending on weather conditions and winter season. General sightings of 2–4 Bald eagles and 1-2 Golden eagles start around December through June each year. The Refuge now has the 1st recorded nesting pair of Bald Eagles recorded in Haywood County. Nesting beings in late Dec/Jan and fledging occurs in May/June.
- When is the refuge open to the public?
Access for hunting, fishing and other public use is permitted on the 11,556 acres during daylight hours, except as may be regulated by other provisions, by signs or such as designated waterfowl sanctuary areas that are closed each year from Nov. 15 through Mar. 15 to all public access.
- Are ATVs allowed on the refuge?
No. Only legally licensed vehicles are allowed on refuge roads as shown on map. OFF-Road Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
- Are dogs/pets allowed on the refuge?
Yes. All dogs used for hunting on refuge lands must wear a collar displaying the owner’s name, address and telephone number. All other dogs/pets must be kept on a leash while on refuge lands.
- While on the refuge, are we allowed to collect plants, bones, etc. that we see?
No. All natural, historical and archaeological features are protected by federal law. Searching for or removing any object of antiquity including arrowheads, pottery or other artifacts is prohibited.