2017-2018 Full Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide

Big Game Hunting

All hunting seasons are closed unless opened by specific Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Proclamation.  Unusual events such as flooding, fire, or other environmental factors may necessitate the immediate closure of hunting seasons in specific areas of the state.

Check out the  2017-2018 Full Hunting Guide for all information regarding Big Game Hunting In Tennessee.

  • Deer

  • Turkey

  • Bear

  • Elk

Big game animals are:

Deer- Turkey- Bear- Elk

A Word About Tree Stands

The TWRA urges all deer hunters hunting from tree stands to use a fall restraint system. Most deer hunting accidents involve hunters falling from a tree stand. Proper use of a fall restraint system could prevent or lessen the severity of these accidents.

Fluorescent "Blaze" Orange Requirements

Hunters must wear on the upper portion of their body and head a minimum of 500-square inches of daylight fluorescent orange (blaze orange), visible front and back, while hunting big game except on archery-only and turkey hunts. (A hat and vest fulfills requirements.) Blaze orange camo is legal if it contains 500 square inches of fluorescent orange. In those areas where the archery-only deer season dates overlap with another big game gun season (i. e. bear or boar), archers are required to wear 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange (TCA-70-4-124).

Field Dressing Big Game

Evidence of species or sex of big game animals must not be destroyed prior to checking in and/or while the animal is afield. Normal field dressing, quartering and icing down of the meat is permitted. Turkeys must remain iinteact utnil checked in.

Big Game Found Dead

All big game found dead should be left where found and need not be reported. Individuals wanting to keep big game found dead must first contact the local Regional TWRA office for authorization. Any vehicle in which an illegally possessed big game animal is found is subject to confiscation. Big game, except bear, accidentally killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed by any person for personal use and consumption if the TWRA or local law enforcement agency is notified within 48 hours. A bear killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed only upon the issuance of a receipt from the TWRA.

REMEMBER: Big game must be checked-in the same day as harvested and before leaving the state or being gifted to another:

Big Game Check In Information