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TN DEER SEASON 2017-18

By Steve McCadams
 

HENRY COUNTY SECOND STATEWIDE…DEER HARVEST DOWN FROM LAST YEAR

    Tennessee’s deer season officially ended Sunday afternoon when the curtain fell on the second and final youth hunt. It’s over now for the Volunteer State until the archery season returns on the traditional fourth Saturday in September to kick things off next fall.

    Henry County hunters had another good year, ranking second in the statewide total harvest among the state’s 95 counties. The unofficial total harvest from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency shows hunters here checked in 3,691 deer this season. Last year’s total was a bit higher at 3,839.

    Odds are the total for both Henry County and statewide would be been a bit higher had severe weather and blizzard conditions not descended during the last weekend of the youth hunt and at the end of the antlerless week which allow five days on private lands.

    Statewide Volunteer State deer hunters checked in 143,881 this season. That’s also down compared to last year’s total of 157,801.

    Leading the state this year was Fayette County where hunters harvested 4,028 to command the top spot.

    Neighboring counties that make the top 15 ranking were Carroll which placed seventh with 3,058. Stewart County ranked 11th with 2,745 followed by Weakley in 15th place with 2,536.

    Just why the local and statewide harvest was down has hunters voicing opinions. Some say they just saw less deer this year around this area. Several veteran hunters reported fewer deer sightings while others say they saw plenty but took fewer small bucks in hopes of managing their acreage for bigger deer in the future.

    Others feel there are just less deer in the county and region. A few feel the liberal doe limited enacted several years ago may have diminished the herd, a scenario that may well have been the object of the overall management plan by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

    Factors like blue-tongue in some middle and east Tennessee counties could well have hurt the deer numbers for hunters in some places.

    Weather is always a factor too and the last week or so wasn’t friendly to most hunters nor was the first full week of January at the end of the regular gun season when frigid temperatures likely curtailed hunting activity for some.

    Still, it was a pretty good season overall for most. Practically every deer hunter was able to put some meat in the freezer even if they didn’t bag that trophy buck of their dreams this year.

    It will be interesting to hear from Henry County deer hunters as to their overall take on the season just passed. How about it? Do you think the buck limit or doe limits need adjusting? Season dates need changing?

    If you have an idea TWRA is seeking comments up until February 15 so now is the time to formulate your thoughts and sent them to the agency.

    Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2018-19 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed TWRA.HuntingComments@tn.gov.

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ON-LINE HARVEST INSTRUCTIONS

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides several methods for hunters to report their big game harvests. Recently some hunters have reported problems when using their personal computer to report a harvest. TWRA is offering the following instructions for those persons experiencing time-out issues when accessing the TWRA’s online harvest reporting system.

    In most cases, the issues are connected to the internet browser on your computer and can be resolved by following the steps below. (The specific instructions are based on Internet Explorer because it is the State of Tennessee standard). However, if a different browser is utilized such as Firefox or Chrome, the persons will need to accomplish the same task, but will need to refer to specific instructions posted on those manufacturer websites.

1)  Select "Tools"

2)   Select "Internet Options"

3)   Delete all cookies and temporary internet files

4)   Open a new browser tab and manually type in GOTWRA.ORG (do not use the saved link from a previous session)

    Sportsmen are reminded that big game harvests can also be checked in on the TWRA mobile app from a smart phone or tablet and in person at a traditional check station.
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HENRY COUNTY THIRD STATEWIDE IN DEER HARVEST 2016-17

Tennessee’s deer season ended last Sunday when the last of two special youth hunts saw the curtain fall. Overall it was a pretty successful season for local hunters and those statewide as well.

Unofficial total from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stood at 157,227 for the year. Locally, hunters in Henry County checked in 3,823 since the archery season opened back on the fourth Saturday in September.

Henry County’s total ranked third in the statewide harvest among the state’s ninety-five counties.

Top county for the year in Tennessee was Fayette where hunters harvested 4,233 deer. Second place went to Giles County as hunters there checked in 3,925.

One of the highlights of the season was a buck harvested in Sumner County during the a muzzleloader season, has completed a step toward becoming a world record for a non-typical deer rack.

Boone and Crockett officials spent several hours on January 9 scoring the 47-point buck tabbed the “Tennessee Tucker Buck” as the Nashville headquarters of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The buck was harvested by 26-year old Gallatin resident Stephen Tucker.

The deer rack scored 312 3/8 in the Boone and Crockett tabulation. The tabulation was held after 60 days had passed since the original “wet” score indicated that the buck was a potential world record. As it stands, the score will break previous mark of 307 5/8.

Here’s hoping you had a good season even if you didn’t take a trophy buck!

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HENRY SECOND IN STATEWIDE DEER HARVEST 2015-2016

The Volunteer State’s deer season came to an end last Sunday with the culmination of the final weekend youth deer hunt where kids ages 6-16 had the last shot.

According to unofficial figures from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency the statewide deer harvest stands at 167,240 for the 2015-2016 season total.

Henry County deer hunters had another good year and were leading the state’s 95 counties for a few weeks in the latter part of the season but lost the top spot ranking to Giles County by only 116. Hunters here checked in 4,616 but Giles was tops with 4,732.

Neighboring counties had the following totals for the year: Benton 2,228; Carroll 3,334; Stewart 3,043; Weakley 2,956.

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NATIONAL HUNT/FISH DAY

Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species.

Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time.

Populations of white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation.

During the next half-century, in addition to the funds they contributed for conservation and their diligent watch over the returning health of America’s outdoors, sportsmen worked countless hours to protect and improve millions of acres of vital habitat—lands and waters for the use and enjoyment of everyone.

In the 1960s, hunters and anglers embraced the era's heightened environmental awareness but were discouraged that many people didn't understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played-and continue to play-in the conservation movement.

On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, "I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."

By late summer, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The response was dramatic.

National, regional, state and local organizations staged some 3,000 "open house" hunting- and fishing-related events everywhere from shooting ranges to suburban frog ponds, providing an estimated four million Americans with a chance to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports.

Over the years, National Hunting and Fishing Day boasted many more public relations successes, assisted by celebrities who volunteered to help spotlight the conservation accomplishments of sportsmen and women. Honorary chairs have included George Bush, Tom Seaver, Hank Williams Jr., Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, George Brett, Robert Urich, Ward Burton, Louise Mandrell, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Jeff Foxworthy and many other sports and entertainment figures.

National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.

 


Steve McCadams is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area. He has also contributed many outdoor oriented articles to various national publications.

 

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