TENNESSEE

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Big Game Program Coordinator Mark Boersen expects another excellent deer harvest this fall. Fawn production was high last spring. This coupled with an abundant mast crop last autumn is likely to result in a near-record harvest. Last year 227,000 hunters collected 156,000 deer from a 1-million-animal herd.

Among the better public hunting areas, Boersen recommends Land Between the Lakes, Catoosa, President's Island and Oak Ridge. Contact: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (615-781-6500; www.state.tn.us/twra).