Tennessee Youth Hunts Oct. 4th & 5th

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Young deer hunters across the Volunteer State will be able to hunt deer on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) on October 4 & 5, 2008 according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

These hunts are open to youths 6 through 16 years of age, who must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult 21 years of age or older. The adult does not need a hunting license, but hunter and adult must wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange. 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.

Hunters 6 through 12 years of age do not have to have a license for the youth hunt, but must purchase a WMA permit (Type 094) if required on the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where they are hunting. Youths ages 13-15 must have the Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish license and would also be required to purchase a WMA permit, if needed. Residents who are already 16 must purchase adult licenses and permits. Resident youths with a Lifetime Sportsman License do not need a WMA permit. Non-resident youths 13-16 must have a type 073 or 074 license plus the WMA permit if required on the WMA where they are hunting. All youths 10 years of age and older must process proof they have successfully completed a hunter education course or have an Apprentice Hunting License (Type 012) plus all other applicable licenses and permits.

A list of all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and their scheduled hunts can be found on pages 42-72 in the 2008 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide (hard copy) or pages 44-74 in the online hunting guide.

Wildlife Management Areas in West Tennessee scheduled for the October 4 & 5 hunts are: Barkley Unit I & II, Bean Switch Refuge, Big Sandy, Camden Unit I & II, Chickasaw State Forest, Gooch, Harmon Creek, Hop-In Refuge, Lick Creek, Maness Swamp Refuge, New Hope, Obion River, Three Rivers, Tigrett, West Sandy, White Oak and Wolf River.

Further information on hunting rules and regulations may be found in the 2008 Hunting and Trapping Guide available anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold and at all TWRA regional offices.