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Manner and Means

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Big Game

Small Game

Firearm, hunting device and ammunition

Deer

Bear

Elk

Turkey8

Migratory Birds

Furbearers4 and Crow

All Other Small Game

Shotguns (including muzzleloading shotguns) using ammunition loaded with Number Four (4) or smaller shot

No

No

No

Yes

Yes3

Yes

Yes

Shotguns (including muzzleloading shotguns) using ammunition loaded with T shot (0.20 inch diameter) or smaller

No

No

No

No

Yes3,6

Yes

No

Shotguns (including muzzleloading shotguns) using ammunition loaded with single solid ball or slugs

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes1

No

Rifles and handguns using rimfire ammunition and air rifles

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Rifles and handguns using centerfire ammunition (full metal jacketed ammunition prohibited)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes1,5

No

Muzzleloading firearms (rifles and handguns) .36 cal. or larger

Yes7

Yes7

Yes7

No

No

Yes1,7

Yes1,7

Muzzleloading firearms (rifles and handguns) less than .36 cal.

No

No

No

No

No

Yes7

Yes7

Archery equipment (longbows, recurves, compounds, and crossbows)

Yes2

Yes2

Yes2

Yes2

Yes

Yes

Yes

1. If using this equipment while hunting during deer, elk or bear season you must be a legal big game hunter (see miscellaneous #8 under Manner and Means Section).

2. Hunting arrows and bolts must be equipped with sharpened broadheads.

3. Waterfowl may only be hunted with non-toxic shot.

4. Furbearers are defined as beaver, bobcat, coyote, fox, groundhog, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, river otter, raccoon, skunk, and weasel.

5. It is illegal to use rifles and handguns using centerfire ammunition from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.

6. Migratory birds, except waterfowl, may only be hunted with ammunition loaded with Number (4) or smaller shot.

7. Muzzleloading firearms are defined as those firearms which are incapable of being loaded from the breech.

8. During a deer archery only season, a fall turkey hunter may not be in possession of both archery equipment and firearms.

 

  • Legal Hunting Devices

All firearms, hunting devices, and ammunition listed in the below table are legal for hunting purposes according to the individual species listed. If a firearm, hunting device, or ammunition is not listed in the below table it is illegal to hunt with within the State of Tennessee. Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) may have additional restrictions on some legal hunting devices.

  • Prohibited Acts
  1. 1. Possession of ammunition except that as specifically authorized is prohibited while hunting.
  2. 2. The use or possession and/or the accompanying of anyone using or possessing raccoon calls, squallers, weapons, ammunition, or climbers while training dogs is prohibited during training season, except raccoon calls may be used during authorized field trials.
  3. 3. The use of dogs in taking or attempting to take deer or elk is prohibited. Taking or attempting to take deer being pursued by dog, or dogs, is prohibited.
  4. 4. Juveniles under the age of eighteen (18) are prohibited from using handguns for the purpose of hunting.
  5. 5. No person shall make use of bait to take wildlife unless the bait has been removed and any feeder disabled at least 10 days prior to hunting.
  6. 6. Possession of firearms prohibited while chasing coyote, fox, and bobcat with dogs from the first Saturday in November through the end of the deer season.
  7. 7. Use or possession of the following equipment is prohibited:
    • Predator calls while night hunting.
    • Pod arrows (any pod-type device for holding drugs or chemicals on an arrow) or any drugs or chemicals used in pod arrows while archery hunting.
    • Explosive arrowheads while archery hunting.
    • Firearms capable of fully automatic fire.
    • Firearms or archery equipment with any device utilizing an artificial light capable of locating wildlife.
    • Any electronic light amplifying night vision scope or device while in possession of a firearm or archery tackle between sunset and sunrise.
    • Electronic calls or live decoys while hunting wild turkey, foxes, and waterfowl (except electronic calls are legal during the Conservation Season for Blue, Snow, and Ross’ geese).
    • Rifles or handguns with full metal jacketed ammunition.
    • Rifles or handguns with centerfire ammunition between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.
    • Any loose shot other than non-toxic (as approved by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) or any shotgun shell loaded with shot other than non-toxic while hunting waterfowl, coots, gallinules, Virginia rails, and sora rails.
    • Any firearm including air rifles using archery bolts.
  • Legal Trapping Devices and Definitions
  1. 1. Steel traps may only be used in accordance with TCA 70-4-120. Steel leg-hold traps must have an outside measure of jaw spread that is 9 inches or less, as measured at the widest point. Steel square instant-kill traps must have an exterior jaw measurement 16 inches or less, as measured at the widest point, and steel circular instant-kill traps must have an exterior measurement 12 inches or less, as measured at the widest point.
  2. 2. Live traps are legal for taking any species of wildlife listed as having a trapping season. Live traps are defined as those traps that act as a cage after capture.
  3. 3. Steel cable snares having a minimum cable diameter of 5/64 inch and a maximum cable diameter of 3/32 inch are legal for all legal furbearer species during the legal trapping season. All snares shall have affixed a tag bearing the name of the owner. Spring activated snares other than Collarum snares are prohibited.
  4. 4. Dog-proof traps, also known as species-specific traps are legal for trapping.
  5. 5. Cushion-hold traps as defined in TCA 70-1-101 with an outside measure of jaw spread that is 9 inches or less, as measured at the widest point, may be used for all sets in accordance with TCA 70-4-120.
  6. 6. For trapping purposes “water set” is defined to mean traps set in water adjacent to and part of streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands or other water courses and includes floating sets.
  • Legal Hunting Hours
  1. 1. All big game and small game species (except bullfrogs, raccoons, opossums, migratory birds, and the chasing of foxes and rabbits) daylight hours only (30 minutes before official sunrise and until 30 minutes after official sunset) except turkey open only until official sunset.
  2. 2. Hunting of bullfrogs, raccoons, opossums, the chasing of foxes and rabbits, and the trapping of furbearers is permitted day or night unless restricted by Proclamation. No foxes or rabbits may be shot while chasing/training at night.
  3. 3. Hunting of migratory birds is to comply with federal regulations for migratory birds, unless restricted by proclamation.
  • Migratory Bird Regulations
  1. 1. Federal regulations relative to baiting, firearms, bag and possession limits, wanton waste, tagging, and methods of hunting are hereby adopted and will be applicable to hunting and/or taking of species listed.
  2. 2. No person shall hunt migratory game birds, except crows, with a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three (3) shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three (3) shells.
  3. 3. All persons who hunt migratory game birds are required to have in their possession a valid Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit (TMBP) in addition to other required Tennessee licenses and permits, with the following exceptions:
    • disabled veterans
    • landowners hunting on their own land
    • lifetime license holders
    • residents of Tennessee under 13 years of age
    • residents of Tennessee who are 65 or older
    • Military personnel on leave or furlough
  1. 4. Refer to federal regulations 50 CFR Ch. 1 (21.41 and 21.43) for conditions and restrictions applicable to the taking of crows in certain depredation or health hazard situations outside of the crow sport hunting season.
  2. 5. Pursuant to federal regulations, during the Blue, Snow, and Ross’ Geese Conservation season, waterfowl hunters may use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls.
  • Miscellaneous
  1. 1. On private property, hunting while in or on an ATV or other vehicle that cannot be licensed to operate on public highways in Tennessee is permitted, provided the vehicle is stationary.
  2. 2. Hunters who have filled their seasonal or daily bag limit for any species may continue to accompany other hunters provided they are not in possession of any ammunition or any weapon. This person must also comply with all other legal requirements. Access for hunters accompanying may be limited on some WMAs.
  3. 3. Every game animal, wounded or unwounded by hunting and/or trapping and taken into possession by the hunter or trapper shall be immediately slain and become part of the daily bag limit. No person shall, at any time, or by any means, possess or transport live animals taken under the authority of hunting season proclamations.
  4. 4. Gigs, angling equipment, archery, rimfire, and air firearms are legal for taking bullfrogs.
  5. 5. Archery equipment is permitted during the archery, muzzleloader and gun seasons. Muzzleloader equipment is permitted during the muzzleloader and gun seasons.
  6. 6. During a deer archery only season, a fall turkey hunter may not be in possession of both archery equipment and firearms.
  7. 7. A legal muzzleloader and/or gun deer hunter may be in possession and use rimfire and/or air guns for small game.
  8. 8. During an archery only or muzzleloader/archery only deer, bear or elk season, furbearers may not be taken with rifles and handguns using centerfire ammunition. During the gun/muzzleloader/archery seasons, furbearers may be taken by legal big game hunters licensed for the weapon they are using.
  9. 9. The use of suppressors/silencers is legal for persons possessing the required federal license from the United States Department of Treasury. Hunters using these devices must have proof of such license on their person.
  10. 10. Pursuant to TCA 39-17-1351, persons with a valid handgun carry permit may possess a handgun the entire year while on the premise of any TWRA refuge, public hunting area, wildlife management area (including the North and South Cherokee WMA), and private land. For other federally managed properties hunters should contact that specific facility or location. Nothing in this subsection shall authorize a person to use any handgun to hunt unless such person is in full compliance with all wildlife laws, rules and regulations.
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  • Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is an agreement that recognizes the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in member states. This means that illegal activities in one state can affect a person’s hunting or fishing privileges in all participating states. Any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a member state may also be suspended in Tennessee. If a person's hunting, fishing, or trapping rights are suspended in Tennessee, they may be suspended in member states as well. This cooperative interstate effort will enhance the Division of Wildlife’s ability to protect and manage our wildlife resources. See our website www.tnwilldife.org for more information.

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