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Deer Management in Tennessee 2019-2023

Finalized 5-Year Plan

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has completed the strategic planning process to develop it’s 5-year plan for deer management in Tennessee.

The Agency has undergone a comprehensive and inclusive process to develop a strategic plan for Tennessee’s Deer Management Program. The planning process, which began in May of 2017, has been very inclusive of key stakeholders, including commissioners, agency partners, hunters, farmers, and the general public.

The plan was approved by TWRA Wildlife Division Chief, Joe Benedict, in February 2019. Deer Management Program Leader, James Kelly, presented a synopsis of the final version of the plan and the planning process at the February Meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. A recording of this meeting can be viewed at this link.

The plan focuses on building a critical foundation for deer management efforts in Tennessee over the next 5 years (2019-2013). The plan has six major goals including:
• Gathering more information about Tennessee’s deer herd, about the harvest of deer in Tennessee, and about the desires of Tennessee hunters;
• Developing support programs for landowners and communities to address potential deer-related problems;
• Minimizing the threat of chronic wasting disease;
• Increasing communication efforts between the Agency and the public, and;
• Identifying the resources and funding necessary to improve the hunting, management, and overall health of Tennessee’s deer herd.
The final version of the plan is available at this link: Deer Management in Tennessee 2019 – 2023.

The final version of the plan is available at this link: Deer Management in Tennessee 2019 – 2023.