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Big Game Hunting in Tennessee

Fluorescent "Blaze" Orange Requirements

Hunters must wear on the upper portion of their body and head a minimum of 500-square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange (blaze orange), visible front and back while hunting big game except on archery-only and turkey hunts. (A hat and vest fulfill requirements.)

Blaze orange camo is legal if it contains 500 square inches of fluorescent orange. In those areas where the archery-only deer season dates overlap with another big game gun season (i. e. bear or boar), archers are required to wear 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange (TCA-70-4-124).

Field Dressing Big Game

Evidence of species or sex of big game animals must not be destroyed prior to checking in and/or while the animal is afield. Normal field dressing, quartering, and icing down of the meat are permitted. Turkeys must remain intact until checked in.

Big Game Found Dead

All big game found dead should be left where found and need not be reported.

Individuals wanting to keep big game found dead must first contact the local Regional TWRA office for authorization. Big game, except bear, accidentally killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed by any person for personal use and consumption if the TWRA or local law enforcement agency is notified within 48 hours.  A bear killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed only upon the issuance of a receipt from the TWRA.

Any vehicle in which an illegally possessed big game animal is found is subject to confiscation.