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17K deer harvested as season kicks off

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Richard Sudberry killed an eight-point buck in Normandy.
(Submitted photo)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Tennessee sportsmen harvested more than 17,000 deer on the opening weekend of gun season.

Harvest numbers continue to be reported, but as of Monday sportsmen had reported 17,093 deer harvested last weekend. That was 2,630 more than last year's opening weekend.

Including the archery and muzzleloader seasons, more than 86,000 deer have been harvested in Tennessee so far.

One gun season

This year, Tennessee sportsmen have one continuous gun season that will continue through Jan. 6. That replaces the two segmented hunting seasons that were in place prior to last year.

The statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is three. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per day.

The only way the bag limit of three antlered bucks may be exceeded is: if bucks are taken on Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency or National Wildlife Refuge managed hunts where bucks are noted as bonus deer. Check with specific public lands for more information.

Small game

According to the TWRA, squirrel hunting season closes Feb. 28. Rabbit and quail seasons, which opened Nov. 3, also close Feb. 28.

Those who enjoy dove hunting may do so between Dec. 19 and Jan. 15.

For more information about game seasons, visit http://www.tn.gov/twra/