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2009 / 2010 Tennessee Deer Seasons

Always consult your official "2009 - 2010 Tennesse Hunting and Trapping Guide" or contact the "Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency" for verification of all hunt dates, bag limits and unit information before hunting in the 2009 / 2010 TN Deer Seasons.

For better wildlife management, Tennessee is divided into three deer units. Bag limits listed are for that particular unit.

Legal Bucks Deer must have antlers a minimum of 3 inches in length on buck-only or antlered-only hunts.

Antlerless Deer Defined as those deer with no antlers or deer with antlers less than 3 inches in length.

Albino Deer Hunting, trapping, or possession of albino deer is prohibited as set forth in TCA Chapter 70-4-130. An albino deer is a deer with a lack, or significant deficiency, of pigment in the skin and hair, and has pink eyes.

The statewide buck bag limit is three (3) antlered deer.

No more than one (1) antlered deer may be taken per day.

The only way the bag limit of three (3) antlered bucks may be exceeded is:
a) if bucks are taken on TWRA managed hunts where bucks are noted as bonus deer (see WMA listings).
b) if bucks are taken on NWR or other federally managed hunts where the bucks are noted as bonus deer. Contact these areas for specific regulations.

For the purpose of these hunting regulations and better wildlife management, the State of Tennessee is hereby divided into three (3) deer units, as follows:

Unit A ~ Benton, Bledsoe, Bradley, Clay, Crockett, Cumberland, DeKalb, Dyer, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Overton, Perry, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sequatchie, Tipton, Van Buren, Warren and White.

Unit B ~ Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Polk, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union and Washington.

Unit L ~ Bedford, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Coffee, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Fayette, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Marshall, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Weakley, Williamson and Wilson.

PDFPrintable Deer Season Calendar - Units A & L
PDFPrintable Deer Season Calendar - Unit B

Dates & Bag Limits For Unit A Season

Season Type Season Dates Antlered
Bag Limit
Antlerless
Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)
Sept. 26-Oct. 30,
Nov. 2-6
Dec. 7-18
3 2
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 7-20
4
Gun, Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 21-Dec. 6
Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2010
See Quota Hunt Table, Page 23 of TN 2009-'10 Hunting Guide
Young Sportsman** Oct. 31-Nov. 1
Jan. 16-17, 2010
2
2


Dates & Bag Limits For Unit B Season

Season Type Season Dates Antlerless
Bag Limit
Antlered
Archery (includes crossbows) Sept. 26-Oct. 30
Nov. 2-6
Dec. 7-18
2
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 7-11 in most of Unit B. But extends through Nov. 20 in Fentress, Hawkins, Knox, Morgan, Pickett, Polk, Scott & Sullivan.


1 antlerless deer only


Gun, muzzleloader, and Archery Nov. 21-Dec. 6
Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2010
See Quota Hunt Table, Page 23 of TN 2009-'10 Hunting Guide
Young Sportsman** Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Jan. 16-17, 2010
2 per segment


Dates & Bag Limits For Unit L Season

Season Type Season Dates Antlered
Bag Limit
Antlerless
Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)
Sept. 26-Oct. 30
Nov. 2-5
Dec. 7-18
3 3/day
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 7-20
3/day
Gun, Muzzleloader, and Archery Nov. 21-Dec. 6
Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2010
3/day*
Type 094 permit required
Young Sportsman** Oct. 31-Nov. 1
Jan. 16-17,2010
3/day

* A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204), Sportsman and Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and hunters who possess a Type 167 permit.

** Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.

 

2009-2010 Hunting, Trapping, and Guide


Download the 2009 - 2010 Hunting, Trapping, and Guide (PDF format ~ possible long download)

 

Big Game Tagging/Check Stations

There are over 900 check stations in Tennessee servicing the sportsmen and women of our state. They provide an invaluable service to both the natural resource as well as you, the hunter, by bearing the burden of costs associated with big game check-in. Please patronize their business well and thank them the next time you stop by their storeā€¦even if it only is for a bag of chips and a drink!

Please Keep in Mind

- It is up to you, the hunter, to know where the closest and most convenient check stations are located. Some check stations may not be open on Sundays or have late night hours; it is your responsibility to know when and where to go.

- The check station list is subject to change without notice. Stations are continuously added and subtracted. For an up-to-date listing of the check stations, please visit us at: www.tnwildlife.org.

- Although you have 36 hours to check-in all big game animals, you may not hunt the next day until your previous days animals are tagged. Please check them in at your earliest possible convenience.

Internet Check-In: The Late Night Check Station

Beginning this fall, Tennessee big game hunters will be allowed to check-in their harvested animals at-home via the internet. Often-times an evening hunt results in an animal being retrieved well after normal business hours. Should a hunter find it difficult to locate an open check station, the TWRA now offers the hunter the ability to check-in that animal over the internet. Hunters will be asked the same series of questions that are asked at regular big game check stations. Upon completing the questionnaire, hunters will then be required to print a permanent kill tag as well as their next temporary tag. If you are unable to print your permanent kill tag/temporary kill tag, write your transaction number down and visit our website (tnwildlife.org) or call (615) 781-6621 for further instructions. To check-in your big game animal visit us at: www.twracheckin.com Remember, it is illegal to hunt the following day until all the animals harvested the previous day have been checked-in!>