There is so much watchable wildlife in Tennessee , including Birds and everything in between that loves snow as well. From forestry to camping to the many fun things between there is a chance at every turn to learn about the various resources that are available with wildlife, boating, hunting and even an opportunity for forestry as well as a lot of other fun topics as well.

Tennessee Hunting Season

Big Game: Deer, Elk, Black Bear

Small Game: Squirrel, Rabbit, Bullfrog

Bird: Turkey, Game Birds, Migratory Birds

Tennessee Hunting Season

Tennessee Deer Hunting 2021

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateUnitLimitNotes
Archery9/25/2110/29/21A, B , C, D4Antlerless
11/1/2111/5/21A, B, C, D4Antlerless
9/25/2110/29/21L, CWD3Antlerless
11/1/2111/5/21L, CWD3Antlerless
10/30/2110/31/21A, B, C, D2Antlerless
1/8/221/9/22A, B, C, D2Antlerless
10/20/2110/31/21L, CWD3Antlerless
1/8/221/9/21L, CWD3Antlerless
Archery (M/A)
11/6/2111/19/21A, B2Antlerless
11/6/2111/19/21C, D1Antlerless
11/6/211/2/22L, CWD3Antlerless
*Please see below for more details.

Antlered 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.Antlerless deer hunters may harvest up to the unit antlerless bag limit in each unit. Moving to a different county within the same deer hunting unit does not increase the hunter’s bag limit.
Archery equipment is legal during muzzleloader and gun seasons, muzzleloading equipment is legal during gun season.
Statewide Bag Limit: Two (2) antlered deer (one per day, not to exceed 2 for the license year). The statewide bag limit of two (2) antlered deer may be exceeded if taken as a bonus deer, if taken under the Earn-A-Buck Program in Unit CWD (see CWD in Tennessee), or if taken as a Replacement Buck (see CWD in Tennessee).

Tennessee Hunting License

Purchase your Tennessee License at:

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

Find a hunting guide

Tennessee hunting guides

Duck hunting guides

Deer hunting guides

Tennessee Hunting News

The statewide limit has been reduced from 4 to 3 turkeys, there are five counties adjacent to the Mississippi River form a new spring turkey unit with 2 week delayed spring turkey season opener and reduced unit bag limit of 2.

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.

Links to Official Sites