Gun season opens Nov. 20
for Tennessee deer hunters
The first segment of Tennessee’s gun/muzzleloader/archery season for deer hunters will open statewide on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Units A, B and L.
The season dates for all three units are the same. Nov. 20-Dec. 5 and Dec. 18-Jan. 9.
One antlered buck may be taken per day anytime the season is open until the statewide bag limit of 3 is reached. No more than 1 antlered buck may be taken per day. An antlered buck is defined as a buck having an antler at least 3 inches long.
For antlerless deer hunting in Units A and B during this season, refer to the list of hunts on page 26 of the hunting guide. All hunts listed are now non-quota. Each county listed on that page has its own bag limit. A hunter may harvest the bag limit of antlerless deer in any open Unit A or B county and then go to any other county listed and take the antlerless bag limit there also.
The bag limit for antlerless deer in Unit L is 3 per day. A Type 94 permit is required to harvest antlerless deer during this season on all non-quota hunts in Units A, B and L, except for holders of an annual sportsman, lifetime sportsman or senior citizen license with a Type 167 permit.
Antlerless deer are defined as deer with no antlers or deer with antlers less than 3 inches long.
For more information, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all local sporting goods dealers and also online at www.tnwildlife.org.
Statewide duck season
set to begin on Nov. 27
Tennessee’s 2010-11 duck season will open Saturday, Nov. 27 statewide (outside the Reelfoot Lake Duck Zone) half an hour before sunrise. The season will run Nov. 27-28 and again Dec. 4-Jan. 30 in the statewide zone. The same dates will also apply for Canada goose hunters.
Waterfowlers should inspect their boats before the season begins to make sure all safety equipment is in order. Two areas of primary concern are running lights and personal flotation devices (PFD’s).
All boats operating between sunset and sunrise are required to display the appropriate lights. Boaters should also have properly fitting wearable PFD’s on board.
Hunters should review the federal regulations summary in the 2010-11 Tennessee Waterfowl Hunting Guide. This guide is available wherever licenses are sold and also online at www.tnwildlife.org.
Duck hunters need to be aware that federal law states: No person shall give, put or leave any migratory game birds at any place or in the custody of another person unless the birds are tagged by the hunter with the following information: The hunter’s signature, address, the total number of birds involved by species and the dates the birds were killed. No person or business shall receive or have in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another unless such birds are properly tagged. This means a waterfowl hunter who gives his or her ducks, geese, and other waterfowl to another person and does not follow this procedure is putting themselves and the other person in violation of the law.
The daily bag limit for the 2010-11 season is 6 ducks. These 6 cannot contain more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 may be female), 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 pintails and 1 canvasback.
For mergansers, the daily bag limit is 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers).
Waterfowl hunters should remember that, while on public land or public water, they cannot hunt within 100 yards of a visible dwelling without the owner’s permission.