Changes Made To Rocky Fork And Doe Mountain Wildlife Management Areas

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is notifying hunters in upper east Tennessee that some changes have occurred at Doe Mountain and Rocky Fork Wildlife Management Areas since last hunting season. 

Ten-thousand acres at Rocky Fork were purchased by the Conservation Fund, who in turn sold 8,000 acres to the US Forest Service (USFS). The remaining 2,000 acres now belong to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and are a state park. 

The current agreement that the TWRA has with the USFS and TDEC is that Rocky Fork will continue to be temporarily managed as part of the North Cherokee WMA.  Hunting will remain the same as it did last hunting season. However, after state park development occurs, the agreement and land use will change.

The 8,600 acre Doe Mountain property in Johnson County was formerly managed by the TWRA as a WMA.  The Nature Conservancy acquired the property and it is now managed by the fifteen-member Doe Mountain Recreation Authority Board (DMRA), and will eventually become a multiuse-recreational area that will require permits for hunting, hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, and ATV riding. 

The public is not permitted to be on Doe Mountain until the DMRA rules are in effect, and no hunting seasons are currently set to open on the area this year.


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