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Final stats are in now

Our Tennessee deer season finally officially closed with the end of last weekend's youth hunt. The numbers have been tallied and look like this. 161,000 deer total harvested with the numbers being very close to 50/50, buck/doe. This is a very slight increase in total numbers from last season's harvest. Our best season ever saw 182,000 deer harvested in 2006. My county (Montgomery) had the most bow kills of any county in the state and also maintained it's position atop the state as the #1 county for deer of 11 points or more. We were 5th in 9&10 point bucks too.

Total numbers have been down a bit since our high point in '06, and we'd also had a bad outbreak of EHD in '07 partially caused by the extended drought we also had then. We have very liberal limits here, with a hunter able to harvest 3 deer a day throughout bow (includes crossbow) and muzzle loader seasons and also through gun seasons with the purchase of a special tag. Our total deer season, including bow, M/L and gun runs over 100 days, with about 5 weeks of that being regular rifle (gun) season.

Only three bucks total may be harvested and no more than 1 buck per day. This type of limit, allowing virtually as many does as a hunter wants, does not seem to have any adverse effect on the total herd numbers, as shown by the pretty consistent harvest numbers. The total Tennessee herd is estimated at approximately 1,000,000 deer. It seems to me that the TWRA has a pretty good system in place, balancing high harvests with total population numbers.   Thumbs up

 

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Thanks Tndeerhunter; I have a brother that lives in Cocke county and I am planning a trip to hunt with him during the ML season next fall.  I am excited about the trip as I do not get much time to go hunting here in Maine.  If I leave the state I will be forced to spend time in the woods rather than work.  Big smile

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Mainecoast, The early M/L season is a really good time here in Tn as the bucks seem to be roaming and even chasing pretty good then. This past season I was lucky enough to catch a nice 8 pnt chasing on opening morning of that early M/L season. I do hope you get to visit and try some Tn deer hunting!!   Yes

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Montgomey County

I lived for a short while in Clarksville and even attended High School at Montgomey Co High School, the school built on a lake. I worked for AAFES on Ft Campbell while I was there but never hunted the Base...errrrr, Post.

I had a hard time adjusting to Tenn hunting after learning to hunt in Florida. Quite a bit different trying to sneak up on a buck that you have spotted on the other ridge from where you are without any leaves on the trees for cover. Thankfully I made a really good friend there whos' family owned a fairly good sized farm that he would take me to.

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JTapia wrote:

I lived for a short while in Clarksville and even attended High School at Montgomey Co High School, the school built on a lake. I worked for AAFES on Ft Campbell while I was there but never hunted the Base...errrrr, Post.

I had a hard time adjusting to Tenn hunting after learning to hunt in Florida. Quite a bit different trying to sneak up on a buck that you have spotted on the other ridge from where you are without any leaves on the trees for cover. Thankfully I made a really good friend there whos' family owned a fairly good sized farm that he would take me to.

 

I live in Clarksville myself. My son-in-law is the asst basketball coach at CHS and they finished 2nd in the state in '08. Last count, Clarksville now has seven high schools, I believe!

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I live in Clarksville myself. My son-in-law is the asst basketball coach at CHS and they finished 2nd in the state in '08. Last count, Clarksville now has seven high schools, I believe!

 

Wow 2nd in state, that's great. I actually tried out for Basketball there but at 5'6" I really didn't stand a chance.

I was 1 of only 8 seniors there though and the perks were fun. This compared to the High School in Florida that I did Graduate from which had over 400 graduating seniors back in 1980.

I can not say that I loved living there but I was in love while living there which is why I stayed as long as I did and even went back after I moved back home to florida. But Military love can be fleeting and she moved away to some other Post elsewhere in the world !!

What I did love was the outdoors in Tenn and the people (native) were fantastic. I never had any problems getting permission to hunt or fish the farm ponds while I lived there, something that had already become a commodity here in Florida back then.

Tell your son in law congrats from a long ago former student and wanted to be player.

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Thanks for sharing the information. 

It sure sounds like your area is a PRIME deer hunting location. 

Yes, I am officially jealous!

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