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Tennessee’s Deer Gun Hunting Season Opens Saturday

Tennessee’s statewide gun hunting season for deer opens this Saturday.

TWRA Region 3 Biologist Casey Mullen said the outlook for this year seems to be good. While deer season started slow, it seems to be picking up with the cooler weather.

“It looks like the weather is going to cooperate it’s cool weather,” Mullen said. “The deer are getting into their breeding season and seem to be active. There have been several really nice deer killed lately.”

Mullen said one of the important things to keep in mind are rules and regulations for hunting, especially as firearms come into play. He said hunters are required to wear 500 square centimeters of hunter orange on their bodies and the top of their heads.

Mullen said when it comes to the hunt itself, the statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is two. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per day, not to exceed two for the season. He said once hunters get their deer, they must “tag before they drag.”

“We did change the rules a few years ago to bring back the tag before you drag,” Mullen said. “So once you get your harvest before you move it, before you do anything with it, you can check it in on your phone on your app.”

During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloaders or archery equipment.

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