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Hunting in Tennessee: 3 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Saturday, 06 June 2015 12:05 PM

Autumn brings harvest season for more than just crops. Wildlife management departments tend to focus population culling during the fall months, and hunting in Tennessee is no different. Fall hunting seasons help lessen the strain on resources throughout the winter, a time when food, water and shelter are scarcer for wildlife.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offers a variety of trophy opportunities for the sport hunter throughout the state.

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1. Deer
Deer is easily the most proliferated big game species thanks to successful management and their ability to coexist alongside human populations. This is the most popular big game animal in Tennessee. While the season limit on antlered deer is three, certain management units within the state offer hunters an opportunity for up to three doe per day.

The specific counties included in this western cordon may alter from one hunting year to the next, however. Deer seasons in the state include archery from late September through the first week of November, muzzleloader and archery through the third week of November, and rifle through the beginning of January, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). There are also specific weekend windows open only to young sportsmen hunters, or junior licensed youths between the ages of 6 and 16 years.

2. Bear
With populations located almost exclusively in the national parks of eastern Tennessee, the TWRA offers annual harvests of approximately 500 bears. Established hunt zones lie in regions adjacent to Big South Fork National Forest, and throughout the stretch of Cherokee National Forest and Great Smokey Mountains that falls within Tennessee’s state borders.

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Season dates are zone-specific for bear dog accompaniment. The archery-only season runs from late September through late October. All-weapon open season runs for approximately three days in late November. A special youth weekend hunt is usually scheduled for late October after the close of the archery-only season. Hunters are restricted to one bear per year, either sex. Cubs and sows with cubs are excluded from hunting. The TWRA defines cubs as any bear under seventy-five pounds.

3. Elk
Reintroduced from Alaska and Canada in the 1990s, Tennessee’s elk herd currently stands at roughly 300 head. The TWRA issues roughly six permits per annual hunt, five standard permits and one permit designated to a young sportsman hunter aged 13 to 16.

Elk permits cannot be purchased to enter the drawing by youth sportsmen younger than age 13. The TWRA holds the elk hunt in late October within a predetermined wildlife management area. The hunters who receive the permits, awarded by lottery, are provided separate hunt zone regions within the wildlife management area.

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

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