WMA Overview

Size: 6425 acres
Location: McCracken
Contact: (270) 488-3233
Elevation: minimum 297 feet, maximum 451 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.1332, Longitude W -88.8139
Area Habitat: open land 33.84%, forest 51.14%, wetland 14.58%, open water 0.47%.

Regulations

Open under statewide regulations for all fall turkey seasons, except these seasons are closed during quota and open gun deer hunts. Tract 6 is closed to all vehicular traffic Feb. 1 – April 16.

Check-in required before entering any area marked with an "A". 

Any person entering “A” Tracts for any use must check-in prior to entry. Persons shall not enter any area posted closed by signs.


Other Exceptions

Squirrel*: Open under statewide regulations.

Rabbit & Quail*: Tracts 2, 3, 6 and 7 open with statewide seasons and close Dec. 31. Tracts 1, 4, 5 and "A" tracts open Jan. 1-10 except if harvest limits are reached before Jan. 10. Hunters must report harvest numbers and total hours hunted to the area supervisor on a daily basis. Reporting can be done in person at the hunter check station, or by completing and submitting a hunt data card each day. If a tract is closed before Jan. 10, a sign indicating closure will be posted at the hunter check station at least 24 hours in advance. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m. local time on Tracts 1, 4, 5 and "A".

Turkey (Spring): All tracts open for the youth-only turkey season. All tracts except those marked with the letter "A" are open for the general spring turkey season.

Furbearer*: Open under statewide regulations.

*Small game or furbearer hunters must not use rifles, or ball or slug ammunition to take these species. Unleashed dogs are prohibited April 1 until the third Saturday in August, except while squirrel hunting and during department-authorized field trials.


Deer**: Quota Hunt, either sex, four consecutive days starting the third Saturday in December, Tracts 1-6; shotgun and muzzleloader only. Hunters must hunt only in assigned tract. Youth-Mentor Quota Hunt, either sex, four consecutive days starting the third Saturday in December, "A" tracts; shotgun and muzzleloader only. Hunters must hunt only in assigned tract. Open muzzleloader/shotgun deer hunt, either sex, two-deer limit, three consecutive days starting the Saturday preceding the third Monday in January. Hunting permitted on Tracts 1-6 only; hunters must hunt only in assigned tract. Limited to the first 140 hunters who must check-in at a designated check station from 4-8 p.m. (Central time) on the Friday before the hunt, or from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on hunt days. Registered hunters must check out at the designated check station when finished hunting, when the hunter's bag limit is reached, or by 7 p.m. (Central time) on the final day of the hunt.

Archery season open under statewide regulations on all tracts, except closed during Quota and Open Gun Deer hunts.

Crossbow season open under statewide regulations on all tracts, except closed during Quota and Open Gun Deer hunts.

**Hunters may not use centerfire rifles or handguns to take deer on this WMA.
 

Directions & Description

Seven miles from I-24, exit 4, in Paducah, on US 60 in Future City. Turn north on KY 996 for 3.6 miles. Turn west on KY 358 for 2.6 miles to office.

Old fields, woodlots, grasslands, crop fields and food plots. Twelve fishing ponds with access for small boats; picnicking, hiking; kennels and stalls for use during field trials. Horseback riding on designated trails only. National caliber horseback bird dog field trials, retriever field trials, and retriever test hunts are hosted September - May on the WMA. Chief Paduke Skeet Range (Phone (270) 488-3248, web site www.chiefpaduke.com ) on KY 358 one-half mile east of office. Archery range (mobility-impaired accessible) with 10-50 yard targets open daily during daylight hours, wildlife viewing areas (Tupelo Swamp) , the fishing pier at "Disabled Access Pond" is handicap assessable. Primitive camping is allowed on the WMA, but ONLY at the designated camping site.

For hunting there is mobility impaired access in designated areas to permit holders (Tract 3). Huntable populations of deer, turkey, dove, squirrel, rabbits and quail exist on the area. Special regulations apply for deer, turkey and small game hunting. All vehicular traffic is prohibited on Tract 6 Feb. 1 - April 16.

Trails were put in with the assistance of a National Recreational Trails Fund grant and the Russ Chittenden Woodlands Fund provided funds for materials, signs, tree seedlings, and a large amount of volunteer labor.

Owned/leased by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.