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Hunting in Tennessee: 3 Animals to Hunt in the Summer

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Often considered the off season for hunting, the summer months in Tennessee are some of the best for targeting certain game animals with year-round open seasons and unlimited bags. Not only do these game animals present hunting opportunities for sport hunters to stay active in the woods, but they present unique challenges that provide a chance for the development of new skills.

Here are three animals to hunt in the summer in Tennessee.

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1. Striped Skunk
The striped skunk may be hunted during the summer. Spotted skunks are indigenous to the eastern portions of Kentucky, and may also be present in Tennessee. They are a rare sight and designated a nongame species by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. While the use of dogs is permitted in hunting striped skunks, hunters do so at their own risk. Skunks, when spooked or approached in an aggressive fashion, will employ spraying as a means of self-defense. A sprayed dog is an ineffective dog, since prey animals can smell its approach and evade long before the hunter is within range.

2. Groundhog
Notorious for depredation of and destruction to agricultural land and efforts, this pest animal native to the region holds a year-round season with no bag limit. Summer is the best time to hunt them, since this is when the greatest damage to crops and agricultural interests can occur.

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Juvenile members of the species use this time to establish new burrows and territories. Oftentimes this happens in less than optimal locations, such as the center of prime grazing pastureland. Sport hunters can, with landowner permission, greatly contribute to discouraging their presence in locations where the groundhog’s presence is not desired.

3. Crow
Though they’re native to North America, this species has gained unmatched notoriety in the agriculture industry for the potential damage it presents to crops. These scavengers are also aggressive toward other avian species at risk, especially raptors. While hunting them demands patience and skill, this species is known for its intelligence and problem-solving skills, which can present the sport hunter with added challenges.

Hunters should review current regulations and be aware that valid hunting permits are required unless certain exemptions apply to them.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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