Tennessee's deer archery hunters saw an increase in their harvest from 2009 on the opening weekend of the 2010 season. A total of 2,401 deer were taken, an increase of 163, with all 95 counties reporting harvests.
Montgomery County led the opening weekend (Sept. 25-26) totals with 75 harvests, edging the 2009 leader, Giles County’s reporting total of 72.
Other top county totals were Stewart 68, Roane 61, Henry 59, Smith 55, Maury 50, Jackson 49, Sumner 48, Hardeman and Hamilton 46, Carter and Wilson 45.
Of the total harvest, 776 were antlered harvested. There were 1,504 does harvested, 101 buttons, and 20 antlerless bucks.
The antlered deer bag limit is a total of three for the year. A hunter may take his or her three antlered deer during any season, but no more than one per day. There is no longer the requirement to change units or seasons in order to take three antlered deer.
The first segment of the deer archery season continues through Oct. 29. The remaining two segments are Nov. 1-5, and Dec. 6-17.
For better wildlife management, Tennessee is divided into the three deer units-A, B, and L. The anterlesss deer bag limit for each unit is: Unit A -4; Unit B -2; and Unit L -3 per day. (A map identifying the Deer Management Units can be found on page 24 of the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide and on the TWRA website).
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.
For more information about Tennessee’s deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2010 Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all license agents or on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org .