Muzzleloader Season Opens November 6

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The first segment of Tennessee's Muzzleloader/Archery Deer Season opens on Saturday, November 6 and goes through Friday, November 12 in all three of Tennessee's deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Hunters are allowed the following bag limit during this segment of muzzleloader season: Unit A - 2 deer, no more than 1 antlered (Exception: 1 deer either-sex in Polk Co.); Unit L - 6 deer, no more than 2 antlered; and Unit B (East Tennessee) - 1 deer antlered only (Exception: either-sex during Nov. 6-8).

For the exact boundaries of the different deer units consult a 2004 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and at all TWRA offices or click here: Statewide Deer Hunting Units Map (This map will take a few seconds to download).

Muzzleloading firearms of .40 caliber minimum plus long bows, compound bows and crossbows are legal hunting equipment for this season.

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 (WMAs) will be open to hunters during this muzzleloader season. Hunters need to refer to the 2004 Hunting and Trapping Guide for a listing of these WMAs or click here: 2004 Wildlife Management Area Hunting Seasons.