Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air

Wapanocca NWR offers a great public hunting opportunity just 15 miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee. The refuge is an oasis for wildlife in a sea of agricultural development. In the heart of the refuge is a 600-acre open lake surrounded by 1,200 acres of cypress swamps. An array of other habitats also can be found here. Before becoming a refuge in 1961, the area was owned by the Wapanocca Outing Club, one of the region's oldest and most prestigious hunting clubs. The club managed the habitat as a waterfowl sanctuary.

Today, hunters come here to hunt deer, squirrel, rabbits, and raccoon. Deer hunters can choose from a lengthy general-access archery season or apply for a quota gun hunt (shotguns, handguns, and muzzleloaders are allowed). Raccoon hunters may hunt at night with dogs.

Hunters must sign and carry the General Hunting Permit all times while on the refuge and in possession of hunting gear. It contains all refuge-specific hunting regulations inside. You may download one for free at the following link: General Hunting Permit/Public Use Regulations brochure

To apply for a Quota Gun Hunt permit, visit the website below:

Wapanocca RecAccess