Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 11,556 acres in west Tennessee, and serves as an important resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds.
USFWS White tailed deer
Deer Quota Hunt Application Procedure

July is the month to apply for the Hatchie NWR Deer Quota Hunt!  Learn more on the application procedures and hunt dates.  

View the updated 2022-2023 Hatchie NWR Public Use Regulations Brochure.

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Hatchie Refuge is located along 23 miles of the Hatchie River in Haywood County in west Tennessee. The refuge encompasses the middle reaches of the Hatchie River and consists of bottomland hardwoods, moist soil units, agricultural fields, and associated uplands. The large forested tracts, open lands, and aquatic features found on the refuge provide an important ecological niche for fish, wildlife, and plant species within the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem. The topography of bottomlands is characteristically flat, but slight variations in elevation are associated with considerable differences in soils, drainage conditions, and forest species composition.  

Refuge lands provide a variety of habitat types for a diversity of wildlife species. Habitats found on Hatchie Refuge consist of approximately 9,764 acres of bottomland hardwood forests, 382 acres of upland forests, 929 acres of agriculture/moist soils, 316 acres of swamps, sloughs, and streams, 46 acres of grassland, 296 acres of open water, and 110 acres of scrub/shrub habitat. The total current deeded acreage for Hatchie Refuge is 11,556 acres.  

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      The Hatchie NWR was established in 1964 as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.  The refuge encompasses the middle reaches of the Hatchie River and consists of bottomland hardwoods, moist soil units, agricultural fields, and associated uplands. The large forested tracts, open lands, and aquatic features found on the refuge provide an important ecological niche for fish, wildlife, and plant species within the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem.  

      What We Do

      The primary purpose of the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges is to protect and enhance an excellent example of a fully functioning, river-driven bottomland hardwood ecosystem that supplies critical habitat needs for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds, as well as a host of other fish and wildlife species, and provides refuge visitors the opportunity to learn the value of this unique and diminishing habitat.  

      Our Species

      The primary purpose of the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges is to protect and enhance an excellent example of a fully functioning, river-driven bottomland hardwood ecosystem that supplies critical habitat needs for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds, as well as a host of other fish and wildlife species, and provides refuge visitors the opportunity to learn the value of this unique and diminishing habitat.

      Our Library

      Our virtual library is a collection of refuge documents, brochures, and quota hunt applications. A one-stop-shop for all your reading needs!

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      Hatchie NWR Deer Quota Hunt Information

       Season: 1) Nov 4-6

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