Tennessee continues to have plenty of deer (about 700,000), which is why hunters are still allowed to kill three antlered bucks in 2013.
“We haven’t had problems with EHD [epizootic hemorrhagic disease] this year, and we anticipate the harvest will be about the same as recent years,” said Chuck Yoest, big game coordinator for the Tenn. Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
Over the last few seasons, hunters have consistently bagged about 175,000 deer in each year. Expect a similar harvest in 2013.
This year the number of antlerless deer hunts will increase in Anderson, Bledsoe, Bradley, Carter (excludes Cherokee WMA), Hamilton, McMinn, Rhea, Roane, Sequatchie and Sullivan
There are new deer check procedures in place this fall. Temporary and permanent kill tags are no longer used, and the new system uses confirmation numbers that are documented
on TWRA Forms (including a printout form from check stations, an online check-in, or harvest logs). Hunters can also use a mobile application as final proof of check in. Harvested animals may be moved/transported without documentation, but must be checked in the same calendar day. No animals can be gifted or transported out of state prior to check in. Although not required, the TWRA recommends that you write your confirmation number (which you receive after you’ve checked a deer) on a harvest log and keep it with you. For more information, see the 2013 Hunting and Trapping Guide.
The state has many acres of public land open to deer hunters. A couple of the more population destinations continue to be the Catoosa and Yanali WMAs, but don’t forget about the AEDC WMA in Coffee and Franklin Counties.