Tennessee Hunting Seasons 2018-19

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In the United States, the hunting enthusiasts eagerly look forward to the hunting season. During a hunting season, you can get a license to hunt a particular species of animal or bird. Tennessee deer hunting seasons in one of the longest in the country.

Every state of the US has its rules and regulations to allow hunters to hunt within their state jurisdiction.

Tennessee Hunting licenses can be obtained from the state wildlife agency. You can also get information on the dates of hunting season and the areas where you can hunt.

Hunting licenses for migratory birds are issued jointly by the state agencies and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tennessee Open season is the time when hunting of a particular species of wildlife is allowed. This is the time when the wildlife population is at its maximum level.

A closed season is the time when hunting a given species is not allowed and is punishable by law.

This is to ensure that the species are protected when it is their breeding season or when they are most vulnerable.

Having closed season helps in increasing their numbers.

Hunting Seasons in Tennessee

The Tennessee Hunting season for selected wildlife is given below. However, you must confirm these dates with the official Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website.

Tennessee Deer Season (Date Ranges)

Tennessee State has a long deer season from September to January the next year. In Hunting season you can hunt two adult deer having more than three inches of antlers. The following are the deer hunting season dates for Tennessee:


Date Ranges


From 22nd September to 2nd November (except 27th and 28th October)

Muzzleloader and Archery

From 3rd November to 26th November

General Season

From 17th November to 6th January

Young Sportsman

27th and 28th October; and 12th and 13th January


Tennessee Turkey Season

Wild Turkey hunting is a very interesting recreational activity with minimum risks. Check out the hunting season given below.


Date Ranges

Fall Archery Season

From 27th September to 2nd November (except 27th and 28th October)

Fall General Season

From 13th to 26th October

Spring Young Sportsman

23rd and 24th March

Spring General Season

From 30th March to 12th May


Tennessee Small Game season

Tennesse has quite a large number of small games. For certain species, it is Open Season throughout the year. Here are the dates of the Open Season for small games.


Date Ranges


From 26th August to 28th February 2019, and from 12th May to 19th June 2019


From 14th October to 28th February 2019


From 4th November to 28th February 2019


From 4th November to 28th February 2019



From 11th November to 25th December


Armadillo, Beaver, Coyote, Groundhog, and Striped Skunk


Open Season


Tennessee Bear season

The black bear population has grown and they have strayed into nearby houses and backyards, posing a threat.

More than 500 black bears had been hunted the previous year at the Kettlefoot and Laurel Fork bear reserves.

Given below is the Bear Hunting season in the specified zones.


Date Ranges

Archery only, no dogs; in Zones 1, 2, 3, 4

From 22nd September to 19th October


Archery and dogs allowed in Zone 1

6th October to 14th October

Archery and dogs allowed in Zone 2

6th October to 12th October

Archery and dogs allowed in Zone 3

29th September to 7th October


Young Sportsman ( 6-16 years of age), No dogs; Zones 1, 2, 3

From 27th October to 28th October


Dogs allowed in Zones 1, 2, 3


From 29th October to 2nd November


Gun, Muzzleloader, Archery, but No Dogs allowed in Zones 1, 2, 3


From 17th November to 20th November


Gun, Muzzleloader, Archery, dogs allowed in Zone 1


From 6th to 8th  October, 13th to 14th October, 29TH October to 2nd November, 26th November to 15th, 29th October to 2nd November, 26th November  to 20th December

Gun, Muzzleloader, Archery, dogs allowed in Zone 2


From 6th to 12th October From 26th November to 20th December

Dogs allowed in Zone 3


From 26th November to 9th December

Gun, Muzzleloader, Archery, dogs allowed in Zone 3


From 29th September to 7th October, 29th October to 2nd November, 26th November to 9th December, 27th to 30th December.

Tennessee Elk Season

Elks are large animals and a limited quota permit system exists for granting hunting licenses.  Only one adult antlered elk per permit is allowed to be hunted. Below are the dates of Elk hunting season.

Archery – From 29th September to 5th October, 13th October to 19th October

Muzzleloader, Gun – From 13th to 19th October

Young sportsmen (Ages 13-16 – Archery, Muzzleloader, Gun) – From 6th to 12th October

Tennessee, despite being considered as one of the most traditional states of the USA, has rich and varied wildlife which includes birds and fishes.

The state offers exciting and adventurous hunting opportunities. If you are a hunting enthusiast, you would surely love to enjoy the long hunting seasons of Tennesse.

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