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Archery season under way

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Bowhunters were out in force this past weekend for Tennessee’s 2010 archery deer hunting season, which kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The deer archery season will again be divided into three segments statewide this year. The first segment runs from Sept. 25-Oct. 29 while the remaining two will be Nov. 1-5, and Dec. 6-17.

For better wildlife management, Tennessee is divided into the three deer units-A, B, and L. The anterless deer bag limit for each unit during the archery season is: Unit A- four; Unit B- two; and Unit L- with three per day limit.  (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). 

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.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 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.

In 2009, Tennessee sportsmen harvested more than 2,200 deer on the two-day opening weekend.  Giles County had 77 deer harvested to edge Montgomery County’s 74 for the top opening weekend. Lincoln County was third with 67, followed by Carter County 60, Cumberland County and Henry County 51, Hawkins County 50, Hardeman County and Johnson County 49, Stewart County 47 and Hamilton County had 45 to be the top opening weekend harvest counties.

  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.