Deer Hunting Seasons in Tennessee

Overview of Hunting Dates and Bag Limits

Tennessee offers varied deer hunting seasons across different units, with specific dates and bag limits. Understanding these details is crucial for legal and sustainable hunting.

Season Details

  1. Archery (Units A, B, C, D, L)

    • Dates: Aug 25-27
    • Bag Limit: 2 antlered deer per day, no more than 1 per day.
  2. Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery (CWD Unit)

    • Dates: Aug 25-27
    • Bag Limit: 2 antlered deer per day, no more than 1 per day (on private lands and select public lands).
  3. Archery (Units A, B, C, D, L)

    • Dates: Sep 23-Oct 27
    • Bag Limit: Antlerless; Units A, B, C, D = 4 per day; Unit L = 3 per day, no season limit.
  4. Archery (CWD Unit)

    • Dates: Sep 23-Oct 27
    • Bag Limit: Antlerless; 3 per day, no season limit.
  5. Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery Young Sportsman (Statewide)

    • Dates: Oct 28-29, Jan 13-14
    • Bag Limit: Antlerless; Units A, B, C, D = 2 per day; Units L & CWD = 3 per day.
  6. Muzzleloader/Archery (Units A, B, C, D, L)

    • Dates: Nov 4-17
    • Bag Limit: Antlerless; Units A & B = 2 per day; Unit C & D = 1 per day; Unit L = 3 per day.
  7. Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery (CWD Unit)

    • Dates: Oct 30-Jan 12, Jan 15-30
    • Bag Limit: Antlerless; 3 per day.
  8. Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery (Units A, B, C, D, L)

    • Dates: Nov 18-Jan 7
    • Bag Limit: Antlerless; Unit A = 2 per day; Unit B = 1 per day; Unit C = 1 per day (Nov 18-Dec 3 only); Unit D = 1 per day (Nov 18-24 only); Unit L = 3 per day.
  9. Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery (Private Lands Only in Unit L)

    • Dates: Jan 8-12
    • Bag Limit: Antlered deer cannot be harvested.

Additional Regulations

  • Hunters in CWD Units must wear luminous orange.
  • Young Sportsman Hunts: Hunters aged 6 to 16, accompanied by a non-hunting adult.
  • Statewide Bag Limit: Two antlered bucks per hunting season, with a daily limit of one.
  • Legal Buck Definition: At least three inches of antler growth.
  • Albino Deer: Hunting or capturing albino deer is illegal in Tennessee.

Important Considerations

  • Permission: Verbal or written permission is required to hunt on private property.
  • Public Lands and WMAs: Closed during certain periods.

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