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#3156847 - 02/08/13 09:17 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: stik]
16 Point

Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 12924

not me
#3156962 - 02/08/13 10:52 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
Paul Burns
TnDeer Old Timer
8 Point

Registered: 03/28/99
Posts: 2142
Loc: Westport--- Carroll County Tn

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.

Edited by Paul Burns (02/08/13 10:56 PM)
Paul Westport-Yuma Tn
On the banks of the Big Sandy River and Maple Creek

#3156972 - 02/08/13 11:09 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Paul Burns]
12 Point

Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 6513
Loc: loudon

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.
William G Kollock

#3156986 - 02/08/13 11:40 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: WGK]
Brownsville Mafia
16 Point

Registered: 12/18/07
Posts: 16792
Loc: on the wings of a snow white d...

killed my first buck fall 1968 Haywood County Tennessee
"Don't piss down my back and tell me its rain", Fletcher, Outlaw Josey Wales

Living somewhere between this world and the other, Legends of the Fall

#3157011 - 02/09/13 03:16 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: Chaneylake]
16 Point

Registered: 11/08/03
Posts: 13905
Loc: In a tree clinging to my guns ...

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.
Shoot Low, Boys -- They're Riding Shetland Ponies

#3157031 - 02/09/13 04:44 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: farmin68]
8 Point

Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 1231
Loc: West Tn.

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.
#3157051 - 02/09/13 05:57 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: bbuck14]
14 Point

Registered: 09/12/03
Posts: 8600
Loc: Mount Carmel, TN

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.
The older we get....the better we was.

#3157174 - 02/09/13 09:00 AM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: GRAMPS]
8 Point

Registered: 01/11/10
Posts: 1178
Loc: Woodlawn, TN

Guys I'm 41 and your making me feel young! haha Some of you guys were hunting decades before I was born.
#3157360 - 02/09/13 01:27 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: tasaman]
14 Point

Registered: 09/12/03
Posts: 8600
Loc: Mount Carmel, TN

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. \:\)
The older we get....the better we was.

#3157488 - 02/09/13 03:57 PM Re: Who remembers when...... [Re: GRAMPS]
18 Point

Registered: 03/12/99
Posts: 21393
Loc: lenoir city,tn

 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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