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TN DEER SEASON 2017-18
By Steve McCadams
YOUTH DEER HUNT
The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2017-18
season will be held the weekend of Oct. 28-29.
Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can
use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.
Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older
who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting
device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange
regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be
accompanied by a single qualifying adult.
Archery season began in the state on Sept. 23 and the first segment ends
Oct. 27, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The
second segment of archery only season begins Monday, Oct. 30 through
Friday, Nov. 3.
The TWRA makes the recommendation that all hunters obtain a 2017-18
Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license
requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer
management units. The guides are available where hunting and fishing
licenses are sold and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.
In 2016, youth hunters harvested a total of 5,854 deer during the first
hunt. All 95 Tennessee counties reported harvests in 2016.
BOW SEASON RETURNS…DEER HUNTERS READY FOR NEW YEAR
The fourth Saturday in September in the traditional opening day for deer
season in Tennessee. Each year the archery season kicks off the state’s
deer season, which offers several different segments for bow hunters,
regular gun and blackpowder style hunters.
Looks like it’s going to be a warm one too! Like anglers the legion of
bow hunters heading to the woods and climbing a tree into their deer
stand wishes temps were a bit cooler.
A cool brisk morning just sort of improves the overall atmosphere. Makes
it feel more like hunting season. A hot a humid outing just takes
something out of the pizzazz of the moment.
Hunters had rather be sporting a light jacket and zipping it up to the
collar than swatting mosquitos or dodging gnats.
Those fortunate enough to harvest a deer best get it to a processor and
cooling chamber pretty quick too. In this weather deer meat could spoil
The 2017 deer archery-only hunting season opens statewide in Tennessee
on Saturday. The archery season dates in all five of the state’s deer
hunting units are the same. The dates are Sept. 23-Oct. 27 and Oct.
Tennessee is divided into five deer units for better management, A, B,
C, D, and L. The antlerless deer bag limits are four in Units A-D
management areas and three per day in Unit L areas. The antlered deer
bag limit is a total of two for the entire deer season.
In addition to deer, archers may harvest wild turkeys of either sex
during the archery-only deer season in counties that have a fall turkey
hunt. Turkeys harvested during the archery-only deer season count toward
the fall turkey county bag limits.
For details on the various segments of deer season and specific rules
log onto www.tnwildlife.org.
ON-LINE HARVEST INSTRUCTIONS
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.
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.