Deer Seasons & Bag Limits
|Antlered Deer: Male or female deer with at least one (1) antler that is a minimum of three (3) inches in length. |
Antlerless Deer: Male or female deer with no antlers or with antlers that are less than three (3) inches in length.
* Unit CWD: See Unit CWD.
Antlerless Bag Limits
Antlered Bag Limit
|Young Sportsman* (G/M/A)||Oct. 26-27 and Jan. 11-12, 2020||3/day||2||2||2||2||2 (one antlered deer per day, not to exceed 2 for the license year)|
|Archery (A), Private Lands Only/Antlered Only||Aug. 23-25||Closed|
|Archery (A)||Sept. 28 – Oct. 25 and Oct. 28 – Nov. 8||3/day||4||4||4||4|
|Muzzleloader/Archery (M/A)||Nov. 9 – Nov. 22||3/day||2||2||1||1|
|Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery (G/M/A)**||Nov. 23 – Jan. 5, 2020||3/day||2||1||1 |
(Nov. 23 – Dec. 8 only)
(Nov. 23 – Nov. 29 only)
|Unit L: Private Lands Only |
Antlerless Deer Only***
|Jan. 6 – Jan. 10, 2020||3/day||Closed||Closed|
|* Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined. |
** A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.
*** Hunting is allowed on all privately owned lands in Unit L (including leased land and lands owned by individuals). It is the responsibility of all hunters to obtain verbal or written permission to hunt on privately owned lands. No public lands or WMAs are open during this period. No antlered deer may be taken during this period.
2019-20 Statewide Deer Season (Excluding Unit CWD)
The TWRA urges all deer hunters hunting from treestands to use a fall-restraint system. Most deer hunting accidents involve hunters falling from a treestand. Proper use of a fall-restraint system could prevent or lessen the severity of these accidents.