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Tennessee gun season for deer opens Nov. 17

November 14th, 2012 11:46 pm by staff report

NASHVILLE — One of Tennessee’s traditions is the annual opening of gun season for deer on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.


Tradition prevails. The 2012 season opens Nov. 17.


For the second year, sportsmen will be allowed to hunt deer continuously through Jan. 6, 2013.  The continuous season replaced the previously two segmented hunting seasons that were in place prior to last year.


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency divides the state into three deer hunting units, A, B and & L. Hunters may harvest one antlered buck per day until the statewide bag limit of three is reached, including those deer harvested during archery and muzzleloader seasons. An antlered buck is a buck with an antler at least three inches long. 


For antlerless deer hunting in Units A and B during this season, refer to the list of hunts on page 26 of TWRA’s 2012 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. All hunts listed are now non-quota. Each county listed on page 26 has its own bag limit. A hunter may harvest the bag limit of antlerless deer in any open Unit A or B county and then go to any other counties listed and take the antlerless bag limit there, also. The bag limit for antlerless deer in Unit L is three per day.  


A Type 94 permit is required to harvest antlerless deer during this season on all non-quota hunts in Units A, B, & L, except for holders of an Annual Sportsman, Lifetime Sportsman, or Senior Citizen License Type 167 Permit.

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