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Bear hunting season ends
with successful harvest
Tennessee’s black bear hunting season ended on Dec. 15 with good harvest totals, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
Harvest figures for the year total 301 animals, which is the seventh highest harvest on record for Tennessee. The 2010 harvest total included 176 males and 125 females.
Harvest totals, by county and equipment type, include: Blount (1 archery, 11 gun), Carter (2 archery, 34 gun), Cocke (3 archery, 35 gun), Greene (4 archery, 18 gun), Johnson (5 archery, 9 gun), Monroe (51 gun), Polk (1 archery, 48 gun), Sevier (4 archery, 37 gun), Sullivan (5 archery, 5 gun), Unicoi (3 archery, 16 gun) and Washington (3 archery, 6 gun).
The exceptional mast crops this year had bears scattered throughout their range, and limited their movements during the hunting seasons.

Duck and goose hunters
asked to report leg bands

With waterfowl seasons underway, hunters are urged to report leg and neck band numbers they find on ducks and geese to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Recovery of waterfowl band numbers reveals scientifically valuable information necessary to monitor migration patterns and manage North America’s ducks and geese.
Banding data from game birds is analyzed yearly in order to determine hunting regulation development, as well as for learning changes in population sizes.
Data from banding can be used to evaluate hunting pressure, estimate productivity and survival, and determine how vulnerable different ages and sexes of waterfowl are to hunting pressure. All of these are key components to managing game birds for sustainable harvest.
The USFWS has implemented a toll-free number for hunters to report band numbers: 1-800-327-BAND (2263). The information to report is band number, date of harvest and county/area of harvest. Bands need not be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Deer hunt set Jan. 15-16
for young sportsmen

Tennessee’s 2010-11 deer hunting seasons will end in all Units with the young sportsman hunt, Jan. 15-16.
Bag limits allow for antlerless hunting in all units during this hunt. In Unit A the antlerless limit is 2 for the hunt; while, in Unit L, the antlerless limit is 3 per day. In Unit B, the bag limit is 1 antlerless deer.
Hunters should remember that antlered deer taken during the young sportsman hunt count toward the statewide antlered deer bag limit. The antlered deer bag limit for all 2010-11 seasons combined is 1 per day up to a total of 3. If a youth has already taken 3 antlered deer this year, they would only be allowed antlerless deer on this hunt.
Only hunters, ages 6-16 (as long as they have not reached their 17th birthday), may participate, regardless of whether they possess a junior or adult license.
Each youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years old, who does not need a license but must wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange.
Youth hunters ages 10-16 need a hunter education card and the appropriate license, where applicable. Youth hunters ages 6-9 are not required to possess a hunter education card or license, but must present their Social Security number in order to check in a deer.
For those youth hunters, ages 10 and older, who have not taken the hunter education course, the apprentice license is available. The apprentice license exempts a hunter, age 10 or older that falls within the hunter education requirement, from having to complete the mandatory hunter education course for a period of one year.
The apprentice license (Type 12) may be purchased for $11 anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold. The license is valid for one year and can only be purchased once during the lifetime of a hunter.
While hunting, the apprentice must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old that is hunter education certified or otherwise exempt from the law. In addition to the apprentice license, a hunter must possess other applicable licenses and permits.
For more information about this special hunt, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide or go to www.tnwildlife.org.

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.