Annual Young Sportsman's Deer Hunt

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Tennessee's annual Young Sportsman's Deer Hunt will be November 3-4 this year. The hunt is open to youths 10 through 16 years of age. Each youth must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult who does not need a license, but both hunter and adult must wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange. Participating young hunters are required to carry proof of successful completion of a Hunter Education course. Adults who accompany must be close enough to take immediate control of the hunting device (gun or bow). The bag limit is one deer either-sex. Antlered deer taken on this hunt count toward the statewide limit on antlered deer. Antlered deer are defined as deer with antlers 3 inches long or longer.

Several of TWRA's Wildlife Management Areas will also be open for this hunt. A list of all Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and their scheduled hunts can be found on pages 31-64 in the 2001-2002 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Hunters 12 and under do not need a license for the youth hunt, but must purchase a permit if hunting on most Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Juveniles between 13-15 must have the Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish license and would also be required to purchase a permit on WMAs. Residents who are already 16 must purchase adult licenses and permits.

Further information on hunting rules and regulations may be found in the 2001-2002 Hunting and Trapping Guide available anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold and at all TWRA regional offices.