Tennessee Deer and Turkey Quota Hunt Changes

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has announced a significant change in the statewide special season antlerless deer and fall turkey quota hunts this year.

The statewide special season antlerless deer and fall turkey quota hunts will become a first come, first served system, a shift from the traditional drawn quota hunt. There will still be a quota for each hunt, but instead of applying and being drawn or not drawn, hunters will be able to get their permits immediately. Below are critical dates and information about this change.

  • * The receipt is the hunter's permit. He/she must have this receipt with him/her while hunting.
  • * Permits go on sale Aug. 19, 2009, at 8 a.m., CDT. Customers may obtain permits at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office, or online at www.tnwildlife.org. If you have any problems, call 615-781-6621during regular office hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT).
  • * Individuals may have up to two (2) deer permits and two (2) turkey permits, but are eligible for only one (1) permit per hunt code.
  • * Customers should review their permit receipt and verify that the name, address, hunt locations, fees, etc., upon completion to ensure accuracy.

When Obtaining Permits at a License Agent:

  • * There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or senior citizen hunters (Type 166) with an Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167). All others must pay a $20 permit fee for each permit plus a $1 agent fee.
  • * When buying your permits in person, you must remain until your permit is processed to ensure that all your information is correct and to receive your receipt with your confirmation number.
  • * The system only allows one (1) permit per transaction.
  • * The receipt is the hunter’s permit. He/she must have this receipt with him/her while hunting.
  • * Permits may be purchased for other hunters, (up to five) as long as the person making the purchase has the date of birth and TWRA number of the other hunter(s).

When Applying on the Internet:

  • * There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or senior citizen hunters (Type 166) with an Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167). All others will charged a $20 permit fee for each permit purchased plus a $2 internet usage fee. (The $2 internet fee is collected by the company that maintains the internet site and is not a fee charged by the TWRA).
  • * Go to www.tnwildlife.org. Then click on "Buy a License Online."
  • * Acquiring permits for another hunter requires a social security number or driver's license number and date of birth of the other hunter(s).

Special Seasons Leftover Permit Information:

  • * Beginning Sept. 16, 2009, at 8 a.m., CDT, any quotas left unfilled will be considered leftover permits.
  • * Individuals may obtain up to five (5) permits for deer and five (5) permits for turkey per person. Individuals may obtain more than one (1) permit for the same hunt and in any combination of deer and turkey choices. Leftover permits will be available until Dec. 27, 2009, and can be purchased at any TWRA license agent, at any TWRA regional office, or online at www.tnwildlife.org as described above.
  • * Permits are not transferable. No refunds will be made to anyone issued a permit.