William R. Ireland, Sr. – Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area

Size: 40,504 acres

Location: Bibb and Shelby Counties, AL

Nearest City: West Blocton or Montevallo, AL

Hunted: Big Game (Deer, Turkey); Small Game (Squirrel, Rabbit, Quail, Dove, etc.)

Shooting Range: Yes

Check-in Before Hunting Required: Yes (For Deer Gun Days)

Check-in After Kill Required: Yes

Map Accuracy: Excellent (Food Plots marked also)

Management Roads: Good

Number of Hunts: Multiple, due to close proximity to home

Wildlife Sightings: Multiple Deer, including more Bucks than Does during the Rut; Fewer Turkey than in other WMA’s; Bobcat; Fox

Terrain: Planted Pines with Hardwood Creek Bottoms and sloping land; thick undergrowth in areas previously cut

Overview:  Cahaba WMA offers plenty of access points in both Bibb and Shelby Counties, with dirt and gravel roads traversing the interior.  The terrain offers plenty of cover, with several creeks crossing the area as well as the larger Cahaba River.  The area is broken up by private land in some places, so pay attention to the map.  There are multiple oil or natural gas pumps throughout the property that, when running, can make hearing difficult in close proximity.  Logging is active in certain areas at different times, so noise and clearing may be a factor from that too.

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