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#3156650 - 02/08/13 06:53 PM Who remembers when......
tickweed
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to apply for a doe tag you had to drive to the county of your choice, go to the courthouse and apply? I just came back from Bolivar, in Hardeman county, and as I drove by the courthouse, it brought back memories. I was a teenager, had to be back in the mid seventies, and applied. I got drawn, and it was like winning the lottery. Those was sure the good old days.
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#3156652 - 02/08/13 06:55 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: tickweed]
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I don't remember that, but I do remember having to send in money and apply.
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#3156663 - 02/08/13 07:02 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: RUGER]
J.W.308
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I remember that. .
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#3156667 - 02/08/13 07:04 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: J.W.308]
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Not me. We didn't even have a season in many counties in this part of the state back then! The counties that did have a season did not have doe tags.
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#3156734 - 02/08/13 07:47 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Hunted the since the 60s and dont remember that.

I did get drawn for the first doe hunt at Cheatham.
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#3156750 - 02/08/13 07:58 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Mr.Bro]
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i remember when if you wanted to hunt deer in tennessee, you went to the mtns. west tenn hunters traveled to the east tennessee mtns to hunt. there were very few counties on this end of the state that even had deer, much less a season.
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#3156770 - 02/08/13 08:17 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: stik]
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When I was a kid text messaging wasn't even heard of. . .
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#3156779 - 02/08/13 08:23 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: stik]
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When I was a youngen all I can remember was my family rabbit or squirrel hunting. I can't recall ever seeing a Turkey or Deer in the woods. Maybe I was too loud and smelled. Lol
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#3156784 - 02/08/13 08:24 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
When I was a kid text messaging wasn't even heard of. . .
the phones that were portable were in a briefcase and you hardly ever saw one

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#3156785 - 02/08/13 08:25 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: 1 good shot]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: 1 good shot
 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
When I was a kid text messaging wasn't even heard of. . .
the phones that were portable were in a briefcase and you hardly ever saw one


portable?
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#3156847 - 02/08/13 09:17 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: stik]
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not me
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#3156962 - 02/08/13 10:52 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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I started deer hunting in West Tn in 1961 or 1962. Natchez Trace or bounding land in Carroll county. Best hunts was over at Big Sandy. I think I remember hunts started in the 50's in West Tn.


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#3156972 - 02/08/13 11:09 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Paul Burns]
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I remember getting drawn for a either sex hunt at Natchez Trace in 1976 and that was special. Very few wma had either sex hunts back then. Stik is right if you hunted in ET you hunted a wma. Seems like Hawkins was the first ET county that I remember hearing about outside a wma.
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#3156986 - 02/08/13 11:40 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: WGK]
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killed my first buck fall 1968 Haywood County Tennessee
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#3157011 - 02/09/13 03:16 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Chaneylake]
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I remember 'Sunday driving' after church in the Harmon Creek and Big Sandy areas in Benton County in hopes of seeing a deer.

I also remember going spotlighting the last year it wasn't illegal. I was probably 5...maybe 6. Looking back on that, whether it was legal or not,driving around the countryside at night shining fields that belonged to someone else was downright stupid.
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#3157031 - 02/09/13 04:44 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: farmin68]
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Killed my first buck in 81 at Big Hatchie/Chaney. A 3 1/2 legged 3 3/4" spike. One of the happiest days of my life.
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#3157051 - 02/09/13 05:57 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: bbuck14]
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I do remember driving down to the courthouse here in Hawkins county to apply for a doe permit. Seems like there were only 50 permits or so. There were hundreds of us there to try for the permit. All of the area sportsmans clubs were protesting that killing does would harm the herd. The courthouse had a drawing while you were there and announced the winners.

I also remember hunting at Natchez Trace on drawn hunts like WGK mentioned back in the 70's. That was the only WMA I can remember that had doe hunts.
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#3157174 - 02/09/13 09:00 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: GRAMPS]
tasaman
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Guys I'm 41 and your making me feel young! haha Some of you guys were hunting decades before I was born.
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#3157360 - 02/09/13 01:27 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: tasaman]
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Something else I just remembered. To hunt the WMA's in the mountains of East Tennessee, you had to go stand in line to buy a permit. This was way before the days of drawing for permits like we do now. Each WMA had a small building about three times the size of an outhouse. The building contained a potbelly stove, a chair for a game warden to sit in, and a sliding window from which he sold permits. There was also the ever present coffee pot sitting on the stove and the building was lit with a coleman latern. Two other game wardens manned a metal gate just a small ways past the little building. When you drove thru the gate to hunt, you had to show the permit that you had just purchased.

Back in those days, the only deer in East Tennessee were in the mountains. The old Game and Fish Commission though that deer only lived in mountains. You might hunt for three days and not see a deer. When someone finally decided to start stocking deer on farmland, the deer population really took off. \:\)
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#3157488 - 02/09/13 03:57 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: GRAMPS]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: GRAMPS
You might hunt for three days and not see a deer.


i hunted those mountains and never saw a deer in 3 YEARS!!!
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#3157492 - 02/09/13 04:02 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: stik]
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Didn't see a deer in Henery co till the mid 60's. we went to stewart co even then if you saw a deer track you talked about it for two weeks. We where allowed one buck and he had to have at least one fork.
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#3157499 - 02/09/13 04:06 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: KPH]
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Bradley County had almost no deer in the 70's on the end of the county I lived on. We had literally thousands of Bowater acres to hunt and very few deer. I remember my Dad getting excited because he saw a deer track. The first cedar rub I saw was in 1981. You could hunt all season and never see a deer.
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#3158014 - 02/09/13 09:58 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Kirk]
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My last post on this subject brought back many memories. Everyone that I hunted with on those WMA's which is now Cherokee WMA are now dead. \:\(
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#3158060 - 02/09/13 10:26 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: GRAMPS]
Mr.Bro
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Same here Gramps.

Sad when all my hunting buddies have past away.
I will say i'm finding new hunting friends on TnDeer.
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#3158100 - 02/09/13 11:58 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Mr.Bro]
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Gramps I thought you were describing Chuck Swan. I have a picture of my father and 5 other hunters taken at Central Peninsula "Chuck Swan". They all killed deer and they were all riding in 1 Plymouth station Wagon. The year was 1956.
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#3158163 - 02/10/13 06:23 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: WGK]
GRAMPS
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I used to hunt Chuck Swan every year. Besides the draw hunts, there was always a non-quota bow hunt there in December. You only had to show up at the checking station to buy a permit.

The WMA's I was talking about were in what is now North Cherokee. They were Kettlefoot in Sullivan County and Johnson County, Laurel Fork in Carter County, and Clarks Creek, Bumpas Cove, and Rocky Fork in Unioci County. You can still see some of the old WMA signs in the woods in these areas. I may have left some others out, but it has been a long time.
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#3158325 - 02/10/13 08:49 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: GRAMPS]
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From reading this it seems the TWRA and the sportsmen and women are doing a great job with the TN deer herds
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#3158513 - 02/10/13 11:53 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Coach]
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I don't remember applying for doe tags at county courthouses but I do remember applying by mail and then having to go to county courthouses to purchase "left-over" tags. went to Bolivar many times. I also remember going to Big Sandy in the early 70's to hunt a private farm and passing 50-100 trucks lined up on the side of Lick Creek road waiting for the gate to be opened on Nicky Brothers land which later became Westvaco. But I really think we may be living "the good ole days" right now.
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#3158745 - 02/10/13 02:52 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: stretch]
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Stretch, maybe thats old, instead of ole. lol
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#3159851 - 02/11/13 01:54 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: tickweed]
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Stretch, you are right there are more opportunities now for deer hunters in this state than ever before. Heck I killed 3 this last season that right there tells you they have to be thick. LOL
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#3159917 - 02/11/13 03:07 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: WGK]
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Yes, the TWRA has really done a great job with our deer herd. And don't forget what a great job they have done with the turkeys.
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#3159923 - 02/11/13 03:11 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: WGK]
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I don't remember applying for county issued doe permits but do remember the AEDC WMA doe permits when they 1st started having doe hunts. It was in the 80's sometime the best I recall? Me & my cousin would get together one day about June and get the calender out and choose which hunt to apply for then wait very impatiently for months to see if we got it. Usually we didn't.

Like the other older guys, I remember back in the 70's when I was a teenager. There were no deer in our part of Franklin, CO. I distinctly remember the 1st two deer I saw outside of AEDC. It was a cold Fall/Winter day and I had been out with a shotgun chasing blackbird flocks. I came into my grandparent's yard and there were 2 does standing in the pasture beside the corn crib. They looked at me as my jaw dropped to the ground and then jumped the fence and took off. It was probably a year or maybe 2 or even more before I saw another. That was the later part of the 1970's. As years went by, tracks became gradually more and more common but deer sightings were few and far between.

There's no doubt, we are in the golden days of deer hunting. Especially if you use total Deer numbers as a measure of things. But beyond sheer numbers I think that with time the age structure of bucks will continue to improve from what we have. I say this because the abundance of good bucks is making more and more hunters selective about what they shoot. A large number of hunters get tired of shooting the same old 1yr old 6 point at some point and start holding off on the old trigger. We'll probably top out with 3 1/2yr olds as far as anything like a huntable number of bucks but, that's not bad at all if you lived through the times when there were zero deer. \:\) The biggest problem I think the deer herd has now is people and their houses/malls/roads etc. destroying habitat. Fortunately deer are very adaptable and will live right beside us if we just leave any cover at all.

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#3159934 - 02/11/13 03:27 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Hunter 257W]
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opening day of gun season was on a Friday? I remember it. It seems like it was 1968 or 1969. If someone else is old enough to remember the exact date, you can post it.
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#3160376 - 02/11/13 09:10 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: RKenney]
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 Originally Posted By: RKenney
opening day of gun season was on a Friday? I remember it. It seems like it was 1968 or 1969. If someone else is old enough to remember the exact date, you can post it.


I'm not to sure about 68 or 69 but in 1972 the season opened on Thursday...one week before Thanksgiving. I hunted that day and actually saw a doe. My season was over the following Thursday when I limited out with a 170 lb field dressed eight pointer.
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#3160651 - 02/12/13 06:59 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Wobblyshot1]
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I remember it like it was yesterday..lol.. of course here in giles county it seemed every hunter in the state was here.. the GW set up a little folding table on the sidewalk of the courthouse.. the line stretched all the way around the courthouse.. people who lived here griped and grumbled because of all the out of town hunters..lol..
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