First Segment of Muzzleloader Season Opens November 3rd

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The first segment of Tennessee's Muzzleloader/Archery Deer Season opens on Monday, November 3 and goes through November 9 in both of Tennessee's deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

For the exact boundaries of the different deer units consult a 2003 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and at all Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offices.

Muzzleloading firearms of .40 caliber minimum plus long bows, compound bows and crossbows are legal hunting equipment for this season. Now all hunters may use crossbows during the muzzleloader or gun seasons.

Resident hunters ages 16 through 64 must possess, in addition to other appropriate licenses, an annual big game archery or an annual big game muzzleloader license, depending on which equipment is used. Lifetime Sportsman license, Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish, Adult Sportsman license and Permanent Senior Citizens license holders are not required to purchase additional big game licenses.

In addition to private lands, including public hunting areas, several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) will be open to muzzleloader hunters during this season. Hunters need to refer to the 2003 Hunting and Trapping Guide or this website for a listing of these WMAs.