Tennessee Hunting News

Tennessee WRA Now Accepting Elk Hunt Applications

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will accept applications from April 1 through May 31, 2011 for participation in Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt.

The third elk hunt will be held Oct. 17-21, 2011 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, located off I-75, north of Knoxville. Once again, there will be five Elk Hunting Zones designated at the WMA.

Tennessee Searching for Bald Eagle Poacher

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle east of Crossville in the Crab Orchard Community near the Crab Orchard School in Cumberland County.

This is the second bald eagle killed in Tennessee in less than a month. Another eagle had been recently found shot and killed in adjacent Bledsoe County, in the area of Big Springs Gap Road. The birds were found approximately 30 miles apart.

Tennessee's 2011-12 Hunting Licenses Now on Sale

Tennessee's 2010-11 hunting and fishing licenses expired Monday, Feb. 28. The 2011-12 licenses went on sale on Feb. 18 and are valid through February, 2012.

License sales provide the primary funding for the TWRA, which does not receive any funding from the state's general fund (i.e. state sales tax).

Tennessee Youth Small Game Hunt - Feb 12th

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be one of the hosts for the Second Annual Maury County Youth Small Game Hunt to be held Feb. 12.

The event is for youth from ages 9-15. Participants must have a TWRA Hunter Education certificate and appropriate licenses. Hunters must also provide their own firearm and ammunition.

Along with the TWRA, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and Columbia Noon Rotary Club will host the hunt. The Columbia National Guard Armory will serve as the event’s headquarters.

Tennessee Men Facing Charges for Poaching 41 Trophy Size Deer

Four Tennessee men are facing a litany of federal and state charges for killing trophy sized white-tailed deer primarily off Fort Campbell Military Installation. Trespassing in the area where the crimes were committed is prohibited, but wooded habitat and a lack of hunting pressure creates an ideal home for mature and impressive bucks.

Tennessee Turkey Quota Hunt Application Period Open

Applications for the 2011 Spring Turkey Quota Hunts will be accepted Dec. 15, 2010, through Jan. 26, 2011, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is reminding all interested persons.

Tennessee's 2nd Firearm Deer Season Open

Tennessee's gun season for deer hunters resumed Saturday, Dec. 18 and will continue through Jan. 9. 2011.

Since archery season opened in late September, more than 122,500 deer have been harvested in the state. Giles County has the top overall harvest with 3,663.

Tennessee's Black Bear Season Now Open

The longest portion of Tennessee's 2010 bear hunting season has begun. The season runs from Dec. 2-15.

The counties allowed for the statewide bear season include Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson (east of Hwy. 411), Johnson, Monroe, Polk (east of Hwy. 411 and north of Hwy. 64), Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. All bear reserves are closed to bear hunting.

Tennessee Youth Season Harvest Increased

Tennessee's youth hunters had a busy weekend of deer hunting across the state in the Young Sportsman Hunt and the harvest numbers show an increase over the 2009 weekend hunt.

The youth hunters (ages 6-16) harvested 8,818 deer, an increase of 616 over the 2009 totals as reported by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Tennessee's Arnold Engineering WMA Deer Permits on Sale Oct 27th

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) Wildlife Management Area units 1 & 2 permits first come, first serve November and December deer permits will go on sale Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. (CDT). These will be the final first come, first serve deer hunts to occur for this year's hunting season.