Tennessee's 2nd Firearm Deer Season Open

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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.

During the first gun season segment (Nov. 20-Dec. 5) 52,572 harvested deer were reported. Giles County was the leader with 3,663. Fayette County was second with 2,007 while Hardeman County, the 2009 first gun segment leader, was third with 1,973. Rounding out the top 10 counties during the first gun segment were Henry County 1,865, Lincoln County 1,673, Maury County 1,359, Madison County 1,348, Franklin County 1,336, Weakley County 1,294, and Carroll County 1,291.

The state's 2010-11 deer hunting seasons will conclude with the second Young Sportsman Deer Hunt to be held the weekend of Jan. 15-16. Only youth, ages 6-16 may participate in the Young Sportsman Hunt.

For more information and regulations concerning Tennessee's deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all license agents or on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org. Harvest information is also updated on the For Hunters section of the website.