Tennessee’s 2011 deer and black bear archery-only seasons will open on Sept. 24 according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
The archery season dates in all deer hunting units are the same. Dates are: Saturday to Oct. 28 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.
The antlerless deer bag limit for each unit is: Unit A – 4; Unit B – 2; Unit L – 3 per day. The antlered deer bag limit is three total for the year.
A hunter may take his three antlered deer during any season, but no more than one per day. There is no requirement to change units or seasons in order to take all three antlered deer.
In addition to deer, archers may harvest one wild turkey of either sex during the archery-only deer seasons in counties that have a fall turkey gun-hunt. While hunting during the archery-only deer seasons, archers may take only one wild turkey no matter how many counties they hunt. Check for a list of counties on page 40 of the 2011 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.
The dates for black bear hunting are Saturday to Oct. 21.
Counties open to this archery-only season are Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson (east of Highway 411), Johnson, Monroe, Polk (east of Highway 411 and north of Hwy. 64), Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington.
In addition, archery-only bear hunting is open on the North Cherokee WMA from Oct. 14 to 21. Foothills WMA in Blount County is open Saturday to Oct. 21.
For specific regulations on black bear hunting, refer to page 36 of the 2011 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.
Hunters are reminded that they must possess the appropriate licenses and permits. Hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must also have in their possession proof they have successfully completed a hunter education course.