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2013-14 White-Tailed Deer Hunting Units, Seasons, & Bag Limits

A deer in velvet makes his way across a grassy fieldFor better wildlife management, Tennessee is divided into three deer units.

The statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is three (3).

No more than one (1) antlered deer may be taken per day.

The only way the bag limit of three (3) antlered bucks may be exceeded is: if bucks are taken on TWRA or NWR managed hunts where bucks are noted as bonus deer (see WMA listings)PDF. Check with specific public lands for more information.

See the hunting guide for specific regulations.

Deer Units Map

Legal Bucks, Antlerless Deer, & Albino Deer

Legal Bucks

Deer must have antlers a minimum of 3 inches in length on buck-only or antlered-only hunts.

Antlerless Deer

Defined as those deer with no antlers or deer with antlers less than 3 inches in length.

Albino Deer

Hunting, trapping, or possession of albino deer is prohibited as set forth in TCA Chapter 70-4-130. An albino deer is a deer with a lack, or significant deficiency, of pigment in the skin and hair, and has pink eyes.

Antlerless Hunts

Antlerless deer can be taken during “doe days” in their respective county by anyone holding a Sportsman License, Lifetime Sportsman, Sr. Citizen with Type 166 & 167 license, and landowners hunting on their own land. Regular license holders (Type 001) will need to purchase a Special Season permit (Type 094) to take advantage of the antlerless opportunities.

Once securing the proper licenses or permits, to participate in the antlerless gun hunts,  simply find your county in the antlerless deer non-quota hunts tablePDF and follow the dates and bag limits prescribed. Unit L hunters are allowed three does per day throughout the gun season (antlerless license requirements still apply). If your county is not in Unit L and is not listed in the table, it is buck-only hunting throughout the gun season.

2013 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

The WMA Big Game quota hunt results have now been posted. You can review the results of your application by visiting https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/tn_quota/public/initStateList.do.

Enter in only one form of identification without using dashes, spaces or special characters (for ex. 123456789) and then enter in your date of birth using the format mm/dd/yyyy (06/10/1967). If you have multiple quota hunt applications for the year, you will need to select the drop down box and choose the quota hunt that you wish to view the results for. The award status column will tell you if you were unsuccessful or awarded for each hunt code.

Unit A Season Dates & Bag Limits

Unit A includes the following counties:
Bledsoe, Bradley, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Dyer, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Overton, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sequatchie, Tipton, Van Buren, Warren, and White.

 

Season Type Season Dates Antlerless
Bag Limit
Antlered Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)

Sep. 28–Oct. 25, 2013

Oct. 28–Nov. 8, 2013


4 3
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 9–22, 2013

4
Gun, Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 23, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014
* See table for anterless hunts pdf
Young Sportsman* Oct. 26–27, 2013

Jan. 11–12, 2014
2

2

 

* A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204), Sportsman and Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and hunters who possess a Type 167 permit.

** Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.

Unit B Season Dates & Bag Limits

Unit B includes the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Polk, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.

 

Season Type Season Dates Antlerless
Bag Limit
Antlered Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)

Sep. 28–Oct. 25, 2013

Oct. 28–Nov. 8, 2013


4 3
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 9–22, 2013

1
Gun, Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 23, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014
* See table for anterless hunts pdf
Young Sportsman Oct. 26–27, 2013

Jan. 11–12, 2014
1

1

* A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204), Sportsman and Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and hunters who possess a Type 167 permit.

** Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.

Unit L Season Dates & Bag Limits

Unit L includes the following counties: Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Coffee, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Fayette, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Marshall, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Weakley, Williamson, and Wilson.

 

Season Type Season Dates Antlerless
Bag Limit
Antlered Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)

Sep. 28–Oct. 25, 2013

Oct. 28–Nov. 8, 2013


3/day 3
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 9–22, 2013

3/day
Gun, Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 23, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014
3/day*
Type 094 permit required
Young Sportsman** Oct. 26–27, 2013

Jan. 11–12, 2014
3/day

3/day

 

* A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204), Sportsman and Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and hunters who possess a Type 167 permit.

** Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.