Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Seasons Dates
Please refer to the 2019-20 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for the latest detailed hunting dates, bag limits, zones, units, and required licenses and/or permits. Check out our Google calendar for season dates that you can add to your personal calendar. Below you will find a season summary for the 2020-21 season so you can start planning next season’s hunting trips. The new 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Guide will be available soon.
G = Gun • M = Muzzleloader • A = Archery • S = Shotgun
Statewide bag limit: 2 antlered deer. No more than 1 per day. See the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for deer units, county listings, and the new definition of -antlered deer.
A Aug. 28 - 30: Private land, antlered deer only | Sep. 26 - Oct. 30, Nov. 2 - 6: Antlerless bag | Units A, B, C, D=4; Unit L=3/day, no season limit.
G/M/A Young Sportsman (ages 6-16) | Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, Jan. 9 -10, 2021: Antlerless bag: Units A, B, C, D=2; Units L, CWD=3/day
M/A Nov. 7 - 20: Antlerless bag. Units A, B=2; Units C, D=1; Unit L=3/day
G/M/A Nov. 7- Jan. 3, 2021 Unit CWD Antlerless bag: 3/day; Nov. 21 - Jan. 3, 2021 Unit A=2; Unit B=1; Unit L=3/day; Unit C=1 (Nov. 21 - Dec. 6 only); Unit D=1 (Nov. 21 - 27 only)
G/M/A Unit L - private lands - Jan. 4 - 8, 2021: Antlerless bag: 3/day. No antlered deer in Unit L; Antlered deer may be harvested in Unit CWD (statewide limit applies).
Unit CWD Deer
|Season Type||Season Dates||Equipment||Antlered Bag Limit||Antlerless Bag Limit|
|AugustA||Aug. 28 – 30||Muzzleloader, Archery||Statewide limit of 2||0|
|Young Sportsman||Oct. 31 - Nov. 1||Gun, Muzzleloader, Archery||3/Day (no season limit)|
|Jan. 9 - 10|
|Archery||Sept. 26 – Oct. 30||Archery|
|MuzzleloaderB||Nov 7 - 20
|GunC||Nov. 7 – Jan. 3||Gun, Muzzleloader, Archery|
|Unit CWD Private Lands Hunt||Jan. 4 - 8||Gun, Muzzleloader, Archery|
A. Private lands and the following public lands may be hunted during the August season:
- Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and State Natural Area;
- Eagle Lake Refuge;
- Wolf River Wildlife Management Area and Ghost River State Natural Area;
- Chickasaw State Forest Wildlife Management Area;
- Gray’s Creek Wildlife Management Area;
- Oak Dain Portion of Whiteville Lake State Fishing Area;
- Big Hill Pond State Park
- Tull Bottom Wildlife Management Area;
- South Fork Refuge;
- Spring Creek Wildlife Management Area;
- Colonel Forest V Durand Wildlife Management Area;
- Fort Ridge Wildlife Management Area; and
- Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (the portion lying within Tipton County).
B Any deer taken in Chester, Haywood, Madison, McNairy, Shelby, or Tipton County on the first weekend of the Muzzleloader season must be checked in at a physical check station. Locations found at CWDinTN.com.
C Any deer taken in Chester, Haywood, Madison, McNairy, Shelby, or Tipton County on the opening weekend of the Gun season must be checked in at a physical check station. Locations found at CWDinTN.com.
D The statewide bag limit of two (2) antlered deer may be exceeded within Unit CWD if:
- Taken under the Earn-A-Buck Program; or
- Taken under the Replacement Buck Program.
ELK (QUOTA HUNT)
A Sep. 26 - Oct. 2; 7 permits, 1 antlered elk/permit
G/M/A Young Sportsman (resident only, ages 13-16) Oct. 3 - 9; 1 permit for 1 antlered elk
G/M/A Oct. 10- 17; 7 permits, 1 antlered elk/permit
Bag limit: 1 per license year. Cubs under 75 lbs. are prohibited.
A No dogs: Sep. 26 - Oct. 23, 2020; Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, Transitional
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Oct. 10-13, 16-18 Zone 2
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Oct. 3-4, 10-16 Zone 3
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Oct. 3-5,10-11 Zone 1
G/M/A No dogs, Young Sportsman (ages 6-16): Oct. 31- Nov. 1 Zones 1, 2, 3
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Nov. 2-6 Zones 2, 3: Nov. 9-16 Zones 1
G/M/A No dogs: Nov. 21-24 Zones 1, 2, 3
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Nov. 30 - Dec. 13 Zone 3
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Nov. 30 - Dec. 16 Zone 1
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Nov. 30 - Dec. 24 Zone 2
G/M/A Dogs allowed: Dec. 31 - Jan 3 Zone 3
Bag Limit: 1 bearded turkey, per county, only in counties open to fall turkey hunting.
A Sep. 26 - Oct. 30, Nov. 2 - Nov. 6
S Oct. 17-30
S/A Young Sportsman (ages 6-16): Mar. 27-28, 2021* Daily bag: 1 bearded bird per day. Counts toward spring season bag of three (3).
S/A April 3 - May 16, 2021*: Bag limit: 3 bearded birds. No more than 1 per day.
*Some west and southern middle Tennessee counties have shortened seasons and reduced bag limits. See the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for more information.
Grouse Oct. 10 - Feb. 28, 2021: Daily bag 3
Quail Nov. 7 - Feb. 28, 2021: Daily bag 6
Mourning Dove Sep. 1-28: Daily bag 15 | Oct. 10 - Nov. 1: Daily bag 15 | Dec. 8 - Jan. 15, 2021: Daily bag 15
Woodcock Nov. 14 - Dec. 6: Daily bag 3 | Jan. 10 - Jan. 31: Daily bag 3
Snipe Nov. 14 - Feb. 28, 2021: Daily bag 8
Canada Goose Sep. 1-20: Daily bag 5
Wood Duck/Teal Sep. 12-16: Daily bag 6, not to exceed 2 wood ducks/day
Teal-only Sep. 17-20: Daily bag 6
Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers - Bag limit is 6 ducks per day.
Reelfoot Zone Nov. 14-15, Dec. 5 - Jan. 31, 2021
Statewide Zone Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5 - Jan. 31, 2021
Young Sportsman Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, 2021: All zones, ages 16 and under
See the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for more information on these seasons, as well as sandhill crane and other goose seasons.
Squirrel Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, 2021: All zones, ages 16 and under
Spring Squirrel May 8 - June 13, 2021: Daily bag 10
Rabbit Nov. 7 - Feb. 28: Daily bag 5
Bullfrog Year around (except on TWRA Managed Lakes June 1-30) 20 per person per night
Private Land Sunset July 1 - Sunrise Sep. 18: Nightly Season bag 1. Closed in Scott, Morgan, Roane, Rhea, Hamilton, and all other counties east of those counties.
Statewide Season Sunset Sep. 18 - Sunrise Feb. 28, 2021: Nightly bag: 2
Training Season Year-round, except where prohibited by local ordinances. No, take permitted.