Catoosa was purchased in the 1940ís using Pittman-Robertson funds
(Federal Excise Tax on hunting and fishing equipment) as well as
funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.
fully funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses as well as
Catoosa Wildlife Management Area is one of a few WMA's in Tennessee
that has implemented a quality deer management program of sorts with
restrictions on antler size as well as food plots, and opportunities
to harvest antlerless deer. Catoosa current antler restrictions
require bucks to have at least 4 points on one side.
Catoosa is also one of the few WMA's where wild boar can still be
found and they have even offered the opportunity to hunt boar with
dogs on a special hunt that started about 2003.
For management purposes Catoosa is divided into two sections
Genesis (west side) and Bicolor (east side). Daddy's Creek is the
dividing line for the two sections. There are two checking stations:
one on Genesis Rd. and one on the road that comes into the area off
Airport Road (Hwy 299) in Morgan County.
If drawn for a hunt
at Catoosa you can hunt the entire area. You are supposed to check
out game at the station you are drawn for. I think they have been a
little lenient with this since the bridge has been out.
Access times are the same on Catoosa as all other WMA's: one hour
before sunrise and you must be out by one hour after sunset.