Hunting

Statewide Deer Gun Hunting Season in a Week

NAHSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – The 2022-2023 Tennessee statewide deer hunting season opens on Saturday, November 19. As tradition dictates, the season will open on the Saturday immediately preceding Thanksgiving.

During gun season, muzzleloaders and archery equipment are also permitted.

“Deer hunting season is one of our state’s most cherished traditions,” said Jason Maxedon, executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “We hope everyone can get into the woods and have the opportunity to bring someone with you to carry on the tradition.”

However, there are limits.

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 must have proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education course or hold an apprentice hunting license to legally hunt any species in Tennessee.

Each day, no more than one deer with antlers may be taken. And the statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is two.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, hunters are allowed to adhere to the following antlerless bag limits:

  • Unit L: three per day
  • Unit A: two per season
  • Unit B: one per season
  • Unit C: one per season (from Nov. 19 to Dec. 4 only)
  • Unit D: one per season (Nov. 19-25 only)

More details on specific allowances can be found on page 31 of the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide 2022-2023. If you want a physical copy of the guide, you can get one from an agency office or licensing agent.

You can also visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website or app to get a virtual copy or for more information.


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