Hunters in Tennessee can begin shooting deer starting Nov. 23.

During gun season, sportsmen throughout the state are allowed to use muzzleloader or archery equipment.

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 hunters ages 16 through 64, they must possess in addition to other appropriate licenses, an annual big game license for the equipment used.

The statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is two. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per day.

Hunters are allowed the following antlerless bag limits:

  • Unit L-3 per day
  • Unit A-2 per season
  • Unit B-1 per season
  • Unit C-1 per season (Nov. 23-Dec. 8 only)
  • Unit D-1-per season (Nov. 23-29 only)

Under the newly-implemented Unit Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), guns have been permitted since the start of muzzleloader-archery season on Nov. 9. Under this unit, hunters are permitted three antlerless deer per day with no season limit

Gun season continues through January 5, 2020.