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Deer Management in Tennessee

Draft 5-Year Plan Available for Public Comment

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is seeking public comments regarding 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 more than a year ago, has been very inclusive of key stakeholders, including commissioners, agency partners, hunters, farmers, and the general public.

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.  

Following the 30-day public comment period, ending on January 6, 2019, TWRA will consider all public comments and modify the draft plan as appropriate. A final version of the plan will be made publicly available in late February.

The draft plan is available for review at this link: Deer Management in Tennessee 2019 – 2023

For those who have read the plan and would like to provide feedback to TWRA, you may do so using the form provided below.