Tennessee Deer Season Information

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White-tailed Deer Hunting Units


Unit A

Unit A includes Bradley, Carter, Hamilton, Hawkins, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea, Roane, and Sullivan counties.

Unit B

Unit B includes Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Claiborne, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Jackson, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties.

Unit C

Unit C includes Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Unicoi, Union, and Washington counties.

Unit D

Unit D includes Blount, Monroe, Polk, and Sevier counties.

Unit L

Unit L includes Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Franklin, Giles, Hardin, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Weakley, Williamson, and Wilson counties.

Unit CWD

Unit CWD includes Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton counties.

Deer Hunt Zones in Tennessee

Season Type

Season Dates

Antlerless Bag Limits (Antlered Bag limits Above)

Units A, B, C, and D

Unit L

Unit CWD

Unit A

Unit B

Unit C

Unit D

Unit L

Unit CWD

August1

Aug. 27 – 29, 2021

Closed

Archery (A)

Sep 25 - Oct 29, 2021, and Nov. 1 – 5, 2021

4

4

4

4

3/day

Young Sportsman2 (G/M/A)

Oct. 30 – 31, 2021, & Jan. 8 – 9, 2022

2

2

2

2

3/day

Muzzleloader/Archery (M/A)

Nov. 6 – 19, 2021

none3

2

2

1

1

3/day

Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery (G/M/A)4

Nov. 20, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

Nov. 6, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

2

1

1
(Nov. 20 – Dec. 5, 2021, only)

1
(Nov. 20 – Nov. 26, 2021 only)

3/day

Private Lands Only5
(G/M/A)4

Closed

Jan. 3 – 7, 2022

Closed

3/day

1 Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

2 Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting 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 Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

3 Unit CWD begins gun season (G/M/A) on Nov. 6 and therefore does not have a muzzleloader only (M/A) season.

4 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) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.

5 Hunting is allowed on all privately owned lands in Unit L and Unit CWD (including leased land and lands owned by individuals). It is the responsibility of all hunters to obtain verbal or written permission to hunt on privately owned lands. No public lands or WMAs are open during this period. No antlered deer may be taken during this period in Unit L. Antlered deer may be taken during this period in Unit CWD (statewide bag limit still applies).

General Deer Hunting Regulations

Carcass Transport into Tennessee

Only approved parts (i.e., deboned meat, clean skulls, skull plates and teeth, antlers, finished taxidermy, hides, and tanned products) from deer, elk, moose, and caribou may be brought back into TN.

Carcass Transport concerning CWD Affected Counties

Approved parts (i. .e., deboned meat, clean skulls, skull plates and teeth, antlers, finished taxidermy, hides, and tanned products) may be moved freely within Tennessee. 

There are restrictions on moving unapproved parts (i.e. whole or undressed carcasses) from county to county dependent on a county’s CWD status. 

Visit CWD Affected Counties – Carcass Transportations Restrictions for more details.  

Deer Harvest Check-In

All harvested deer must be checked in. There is a new tag before you drag requirements this year.   Visit Big Game Check-In Procedures for details.

Antlered Deer

Male or female deer with at least one (1) antler that is a minimum of three (3) inches in length.

The statewide bag limit is 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, or if taken as a Replacement Buck.   

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.

Regular license holders (Type 001) will need to purchase a Special Season permit (Type 094) to take advantage of the antlerless opportunities. Hunters with a  Sportsman License, Lifetime Sportsman, Sr. Citizen with Type 166 & 167 licenses, and landowners hunting on their own land do not need the Special Season permit.

Albino Deer

Hunting, trapping, or possession of albino deer is prohibited as set forth in TCA 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.

A Word About Tree Stands

The TWRA urges all deer hunters hunting from tree stands to use a fall restraint system. Most deer hunting accidents involve hunters falling from a tree stand. Proper use of a fall restraint system could prevent or lessen the severity of these accidents.