Posted By Chris Coleman, Channel 3 Outdoors Contributor - bio | email
NASHVILLE --- One of the Tennessee's traditions is the annual opening of gun season for deer which falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. However, sportsmen will find a major change this year with a continuous gun season which will run from Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2012.
The one continuous season replaces the previously two segmented hunting seasons. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission established the season upon recommendation from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Tennessee is divided 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 30 of the 2011 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. All hunts listed are now non-quota. Each county listed on page 30 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.
TWRA personnel will be collecting data at various check-in stations across the state on Saturday. Antlered bucks will be measured and aged for management purposes.
The second Young Sportsman Hunt will be held the weekend of Jan. 7-8, 2012.
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.
For more information about Tennessee's 2011-12 deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2011 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all license agents, TWRA regional offices in Jackson, Nashville, Crossville, and Morristown or on the TWRA website by clicking here.
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