Bear Seasons & Bag Limits

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Bag Limit


Laurel Fork

Only Sept. 21 – 23a Archery, Muzzleloader, Gun Dogs Allowed 20 Bears 20 Bears 1 Bear, Either Sex. **Does not count towards statewide bag limit.

Special Regulations for Restricted Bear Hunt:

  1. If the cumulative harvest at the end of a day meets or exceeds 75% (at least 15) of the quota (20) the hunt will conclude at the end of legal hunting hours on that day.
  2. Harvested bears must be immediately taken to nearest designated special check station. (No electronic check-in permitted)
    • Kettlefoot: Intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 133, Shady Valley, TN (look for signs)
    • Laurel Fork: Hampton Bait Shop. 126 First Avenue, Hampton, TN
  3. Hunters should call a (423) 522-2467 or check the Agency web site to verify the hunt is open the following day. A message will be posted by 9:00 pm local time each day.