What’s New for 2020-2021

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There are several important changes for the 2020–2021 hunting and trapping seasons.

  1. Tag Before You Drag – new requirement this year! Before moving your harvested big game, you must either check it in on your smartphone or physically tag the animal. All physically tagged animals must be checked in before midnight. See Big Game Check-in Procedures.
  2. The statewide bag limit for spring turkey has been reduced from 4 to 3. See Turkey Hunting.
  3. Five counties adjacent to the Mississippi River form a new spring turkey unit (Mississippi Alluvial Valley or MAV) with a two-week delayed spring turkey season opener and a reduced, unit-wide bag limit of 2. See Turkey Hunting.
  4. Southern Middle Tennessee counties of Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln and Wayne Counties have a two-week delayed spring turkey season opener. See Turkey Hunting.
  5. The fall turkey season has been closed in Lincoln County. See Turkey Hunting.
  6. Hunting dates have changed in Bear Hunt Zones 1, 2, and 3. See Bear Regulations.
  7. Incidental take of one either sex elk by licensed deer hunters in non-elk restoration counties is allowed. This is only allowed outside of Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan and Scott Counties. See Elk Regulations.
  8. The definition for legal trapping devices has changed. See Manner & Means.
  9. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, hand-held drawing procedures for issuing season-long waterfowl blind permits and sandhill crane tags may differ than described in this guide. Go to www.tnwildlife.org for updated information.
  10. Crow season has changed this year. See Small Game Seasons & Bag Limits.
  11. New Veterans and Active Military personnel waterfowl hunting days have been added. See Duck & Sandhill Crane Seasons & Bag Limits.
  12. The deer hunting unit “Unit CWD” has expanded to include Lauderdale, Gibson and Crockett Counties. See deer hunting units on Deer Regulations.
  13. Unit CWD hunters will be able to use archery, muzzleloader or guns during three-day August hunt. See Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  14. Unit CWD hunters can now earn an unlimited number of antlered deer. See “Earn-A-Buck Program”.
  15. In Unit CWD, gun season (G/M/A) will begin Saturday, Nov. 7 when the rest of the state begins muzzleloader season (M/A). See Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  16. New regulations for the Mississippi River Flood Closure Zone for big game hunts. Only the Caruthersville gauge is used, and the zone has been reduced in Lake and Dyer counties to include only those lands east of Hwy. 78. See Big Game Regulations.