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2014-15 White-Tailed Deer Hunting Units, Seasons, & Bag Limits

A deer in velvet makes his way across a grassy fieldFor better wildlife management, Tennessee is divided into three deer units.

The statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is three (3).

No more than one (1) antlered deer may be taken per day.

The only way the bag limit of three (3) antlered bucks may be exceeded is: if bucks are taken on TWRA or NWR managed hunts where bucks are noted as bonus deer (see WMA listings)PDF. Check with specific public lands for more information.

See the hunting guide for specific regulations.

Deer Units Map

Legal Bucks, Antlerless Deer, & Albino Deer

Legal Bucks

Deer must have antlers a minimum of 3 inches in length on buck-only or antlered-only hunts.

Antlerless Deer

Defined as those deer with no antlers or deer with antlers less than 3 inches in length.

Albino Deer

Hunting, trapping, or possession of albino deer is prohibited as set forth in TCA Chapter 70-4-130. An albino deer is a deer with a lack, or significant deficiency, of pigment in the skin and hair, and has pink eyes.

Antlerless Hunts

Antlerless deer can be taken during “doe days” in their respective county by anyone holding a Sportsman License, Lifetime Sportsman, Sr. Citizen with Type 166 & 167 license, and landowners hunting on their own land. Regular license holders (Type 001) will need to purchase a Special Season permit (Type 094) to take advantage of the antlerless opportunities.

Once securing the proper licenses or permits, to participate in the antlerless gun hunts,  simply find your county in the antlerless deer non-quota hunts tablePDF and follow the dates and bag limits prescribed. Unit L hunters are allowed three does per day throughout the gun season (antlerless license requirements still apply). If your county is not in Unit L and is not listed in the table, it is buck-only hunting throughout the gun season.

2014 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

See Instructions | Apply! | Check Your Quota Hunt Application Status

The application period for Tennessee’s 2014 elk hunt will be June 11 - July 23. This year’s application period, which also includes the youth hunt application period, will again be held concurrently with the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and WMA Youth quota period.

Customers who are interested in applying for both the WMA quota hunt and elk quota hunt will have to submit two applications, one for each. The computer drawings will be handled separately. Quota Hunt applications can be conveniently submitted via Internet, TWRA Licensed Agent locations, or TWRA Regional Offices, via the TWRA Mobile App. Applications cannot be accepted by mail.

The deadline is midnight (CDT) on July 23.

2014 Public Deer Hunting on the Milan Army Ammunition Plant

The Milan Army Ammunition Plant (MLAAP) will conduct a drawing for public deer hunting.  The following permits are available for the 2014-15 seasons (dates forthcoming in Plant Notice at www.milanarsenalhunting.com.)

SEason #MLAAP PErmits Cost
Archery 70 $25
Muzzleloader 44 $25
Gun 44 $25

Age Requirement:  Must be 21 years old
Application deadline:   June 24, 2014

 Process to Apply: Mail the following to address below:

  • $5.00 total application fee.  This fee is non-refundable but will be applied toward the purchase of a MLAAP permit if and when all requirements are met.  Check or money order payable to the U.S. Treasury (cash not accepted).
  • Personal information:  name, address, phone number
  • Copy of TWRA Hunter Safety Certificate (other State Certificates accepted)
  • Request seasons (archery, muzzle, gun).  You can apply for all seasons – but if  not specified – will be put in archery drawing only.

If Selected:  You will be notified per mail with Form 813 and instructions to proceed with the following requirements:

  • Complete, sign & return Form 813 with required copies.   
  • Current TN Carry Permit -  or -  State Criminal History Record Check (apply at www.tbi.state.tn.us  Cost is $29.00 and is good for 4 years.  (provide copy of State results).  
  • Appropriate Tennessee hunting licenses (provide copy)                  
  • MLAAP Hunter Orientation Class (exemption:  if attended within past 5 years)
    The 2014 orientation schedule is located on MLAAP hunting website: 
    www.milanarsenalhunting.com
  • Check or money order payable to the U.S. Treasury ($25.00 for each season drawn for minus your $5.00 application fee).  All MLAAP hunting fees are non-refundable; seasons are subject to cancellation due to increased security posture.

For questions, call Peggy Beasley, Monday - Thursday, 6:00 – 4:30, at 731-686-6682.

Natural Resource Office
Milan Army Ammunition Plant
2280 Hwy. 104 West, Suite 1
Milan, TN  38358-3176
Fax:  731-686-6259

Unit A Season Dates & Bag Limits

Unit A includes the following counties:
Bledsoe, Bradley, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Dyer, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Overton, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sequatchie, Tipton, Van Buren, Warren, and White.

 

Season Type Season Dates Antlerless
Bag Limit
Antlered Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)

Sep. 27–Oct. 24, 2014

Oct. 27–Nov. 7, 2014


4 3
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 8–21, 2014 4
Gun, Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 22, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015
* See table for anterless hunts pdf
Young Sportsman* Oct. 25–26, 2014

Jan. 10–11, 2015
2

2

 

* A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204), Sportsman and Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and hunters who possess a Type 167 permit.

** Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.

Unit B Season Dates & Bag Limits

Unit B includes the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Fentress, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Polk, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.

 

Season Type Season Dates Antlerless
Bag Limit
Antlered Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)

Sep. 27–Oct. 24, 2014

Oct. 27–Nov. 7, 2014


4 3
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 8–21, 2014 1
Gun, Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 22, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015
* See table for anterless hunts pdf
Young Sportsman Oct. 25–26, 2014

Jan. 10–11, 2015
1

1

* A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204), Sportsman and Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and hunters who possess a Type 167 permit.

** Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.

Unit L Season Dates & Bag Limits

Unit L includes the following counties: Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Coffee, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Fayette, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Marshall, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Weakley, Williamson, and Wilson.

 

Season Type Season Dates Antlerless
Bag Limit
Antlered Bag Limit
Archery
(includes crossbows)

Sep. 27–Oct. 24, 2014

Oct. 27–Nov. 7, 2014


3/day 3
Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 8–21, 2014 3/day
Gun, Muzzleloader and Archery Nov. 22, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015
3/day*
Type 094 permit required
Young Sportsman** Oct. 25–26, 2014

Jan. 10–11, 2015
3/day

3/day

 

* A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204), Sportsman and Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and hunters who possess a Type 167 permit.

** Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.