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John Tully WMA

Birding Seasons:
Spring A+
Summer A
Fall A
Winter B

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Site Description and Habitats

The 15,500 acres of John Tully WMA contain a diverse mix of forested bottomland hardwoods and swamp habitats of varying successional ages. Numerous sloughs, bayous, and other water bodies are present. Much of the area is subject to flooding from the Mississippi River. The mix of habitats present provides opportunities for observing a wide variety of birds all year long. Cerulean Warblers can be found in summer.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration:
A wide variety of warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers can be found in migration, including Blackpoll (spring), Magnolia and Tennessee Warbler, American Redstart, Bay-breasted and Blackburnian Warbler, Philadelphia and Yellow-throated Vireo, Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Prothonotary, Swainson's and Cerulean Warbler, Northern Parula, Wood Thrush, Great Egret, and Eastern Wood-pewee.

Red-headed Woodpeckers can be common, regularly occurring waterfowl can be abundant in flooded fields, including Mallard, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, and Northern Pintail. Snow and Greater White-fronted Geese can be common on the area or seen flying over. Rusty Blackbirds can be found just about anywhere on the WMA.

Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Duck.

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Other wildlife viewing opportunities

White-tailed Deer are

Detailed directions for birding John Tully WMA

From the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and TN Highway 87 in Henning, take TN Highway 87 west for about 13 miles. The site can be accessed by taking either Sam Taylor Road or Crutcher Lake Road north from Highway 87. Explore the roads and lake access points.

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Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Boat Ramp on the south side of the WMA: 35.648578,-89.835304

Fees and Hours
No fees are required to access these areas. The areas are accessible during daylight hours year round.

Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.

There are no restroom facilities.

TWRA Region I office
200 Lowell Thomas Drive, Jackson, TN 38301

Info for other sites
Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife web site