WMA Overview

Size: 54556 acres
Location: Bell, Knox & Leslie
Contact: Wes Hodges, (606)-654-2533
Elevation: minimum 929 feet, maximum 3143 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.6302, Longitude W -83.8577
Area Habitat: open land 20.03%, forest 79.86%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.03%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

Fall Hunting dates/regulations are currently pending. 

Directions & Description

This area was formerly called Corrigan WMA
C. F. Ataya consists of several tracts in different counties. One of the larger tracts is west of Middlesboro and is crossed by Highway 74.

The area consists of reclaimed surface-mined and forested land located in several disjointed tracts in Bell, Knox and Leslie Counties. Active surface mine sites, deep mines and other mining-related facilities are off limits to the public. Good to moderate populations of squirrel, rabbits, grouse, deer, turkey and songbirds exist on the area.

The area is open under statewide regulations for small game, turkey, and deer seasons. This property is located in Elk Hunting Units 2 and 3. The Bell County section of the property located within unit 2 is managed as a Regulated Area. Drawn elk hunters may apply to hunt this property during the Elk Hunting Unit and Regulated Area drawing. Please refer to the elk portion of our website.

This WMA is owned by the C. F. Ataya LLC,. The property is managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources