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TN DEER SEASON 2017-18
By Steve McCadams
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
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.
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?
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.
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.