Young people between the ages of 10-15, who are hunter safety certified and who have never harvested a deer, are eligible to win a special hunt for the opening day of the Tennessee Young Sportsman Deer Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 30.
A gracious landowner in Humphreys County has donated his property for this hunt for 30 young hunters. The private farm incorporates a variety of wildlife management practices and totals more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat. In addition to the hunt, participants are allowed to take part in a Friday night cookout and campout. Participants must provide their own camping gear.
In addition to the Humphreys County hunt, 15 lucky hunters will have the opportunity to hunt in some prime deer habitat in Trousdale County near the Smith County line. This hunt is being made possible thanks to the Trousdale County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. With the expansion, 45 lucky hunters will be selected to participate this year. Both locations will incorporate a Friday night cookout and campout. Participants must provide their own camping gear. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided on Saturday.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will hold a drawing, the winners of which will be notified by Oct. 15. Confirmation packets will be sent to the successful participants and will include directions and a list of items to bring along, as well as area hotels. Winning hunters are responsible for providing the appropriate Tennessee hunting license and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years old.
Interested hunters may complete an application and mail it to the following address: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Youth Deer Hunt Giveaway, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204. Applications can also be faxed to (615) 781-6543. All applications must be received by Oct. 12. For more information or to receive an application, contact Donald Hosse, TWRA Wildlife Education Program Coordinator at Don.Hosse@tn.gov or (615) 781-6541. Applications are also available at www.tnwildlife.org.