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Tennessee Hunting Season 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Tennessee hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Tennessee Hunting Seasons

Tennessee Hunting Season Dates

Operated by Tennessee Division of forestry, state forests are open to hunting during statewide seasons, that include bledsoe state forest, cedars of Lebanon State Forest, Franklin state first Lone Mountain State forest and Stewart State Forest.

Tennessee Deer Season 2023

August Archery Hunt: August 27, 2023 - August 29, 2023

Archery: September 25, 2021 - October 29, 2023 and November 1, 2023 - November 5, 2023

Young Sportsman: October 30, 2023 - October 31, 2023

Muzzleloader/Archery: November 6, 2023 - November 19, 2023

General Season: November 20, 2023 - January 2, 2023

Private Lands: January 3, 2024 - January 7, 2024

Young Sportsman 2: January 8, 2024 - January 9, 2024

Tennessee Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall Archery: September 25 - October 29, 2023 and November 1, 2023 - November 5, 2023

Fall Shotgun Season: October 16, 2023 - October 29, 2023

Spring Young Sportsman: March 26, 2024 - March 27, 2024

Spring General Season: April 2, 2024 - May 15, 2024

Tennessee Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of TN's hunting zones:

Tennessee Bag Limits 2023

You'll need to check the official regulations for you what and where you're hunting.

Tennessee Hunting License 2023

Purchase your Tennessee License at

Annual LicenseResidentNonresident
Big Game
All GameN/A$305
Big Game Gun$33N/A
Big Game Archery$33N/A

Tennessee Hunting Regulations 2023

You must wear at least 500 square inches of orange when hunting big game except when hunting turkey and when bowhunting.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

How much is a hunting license in Tennessee?

The annual sportsmen license is $165 for residents and $305 for nonresidents.

Do you need a license to hunt coyote in Tennessee?

If it's on you land no, but if you're hunting on property you don't own you will need a small game hunting license.

When is deer hunting season in Tennessee?

Tennessee's gun deer season is from November 6, 2023 - January 2, 2024.

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