Gun season runs
through Jan. 9
Gun season for Tennessee deer hunters resumed on Dec. 18 and will continue through Jan. 9, 2011.
Since archery season opened in late September, more than 122,500 deer have been harvested statewide.
The top 10 counties and their harvest totals this year are: Fayette (3,118), Giles (3,678), Hardeman (3,101), Henry (3,544), Lincoln (2,852), Maury (2,764), Montgomery (2,672), Roane (2,455), Stewart (2,439) and Weakley (2,534).
Tennessee’s 2010-11 deer hunting seasons will conclude with the second young sportsman hunt to be held the weekend of Jan. 15-16. Only young people between the ages of 6 and 16 may participate in the young sportsman hunt.
For more information on deer hunting, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available wherever licenses are sold and also online at www.tnwildlife.org.
Harvest information is also updated on the For Hunters section of the website.
Several counties open to
antlerless deer hunting
Several East Tennessee counties will be open Dec. 18-26 for the special season antlerless deer hunt, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
Counties open to hunting and antlerless bag limits are as follows: Anderson (1); Blount, west of Hwy. 411 and east of Hwy. 129 (2); Carter, excluding Cherokee WMA) (1); Claiborne (1); Cocke, excluding Cherokee WMA (1); Grainger (1); Greene, excluding Cherokee WMA (1); Hamblen (1); Hancock (1); Hawkins (2); Jefferson (1); Johnson, excluding Cherokee WMA (2); Knox (2); Loudon (1); Sevier, north of Hwy. 411 (2); and Sullivan, excluding Cherokee WMA (2).
Each of the counties open to antlerless deer hunting has its own bag limit. A hunter may take the bag limit in one county and then go to another county and take the bag limit there.
During antlerless deer hunts where bag limits allow, hunters may take more than one antlerless deer per day. Antlerless deer are those deer with no antlers or with both antlers less than 3 inches long.
These hunts are non-quota this year. In addition to other required licenses, hunters must possess a Type 094 permit to hunt antlerless deer during these special hunts. Holders of annual or lifetime sportsman licenses and landowners hunting under the landowner exemption are not required to possess the Type 094 permit.
For a full listing of counties open to special season deer hunting, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available wherever licenses are sold and also online at www.tnwildlife.org.