Big Game Hunting
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 fulfills 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).
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. Any vehicle in which an illegally possessed big game animal is found is subject to confiscation. 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.
2 Ways To Check-In Big Game Harvests
Easiest way - with or without cell service
With the TWRA On the Go App, harvest reporting has never been easier! Report your harvest with or without cell service before you move the game. You will immediately receive a harvest confirmation number that TWRA Officers can use to verify your harvest. You can also report harvest directly through our website at www.GoOutdoorsTennessee.com.
Temporary Transportation Tags
No mobile phone? No problem.
Use the temporary transportation tag. Cut one out of your license and attach it to your game prior to moving it. The hunter is responsible for making sure the tag remains intact. You are still required to check the game in online or at a physical check station no later than midnight on the day of the harvest.
A list of physical check stations can be found here.
Evidence of the animal's sex, species, and antlered status (if applicable) must remain with the animal while afield and until checked in. After check-in, the harvest confirmation number shall be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until the time of final processing.
It is a violation of this section to provide false information during the check-in process. By completing the required check-in information, whether, on paper or electronic form, the hunter is affirming that the information as it appears on the permanent record is valid and correct. This harvest record is a legal document. The harvest confirmation number shall accompany any big game animals taken to a taxidermist or meat processor.
Example of a harvest report confirmation page.