Summary of Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Seasons Dates

Please refer to the Hunting and Trapping Guide for the latest detailed hunting dates, bag limits, zones, units, and required licenses and/or permits.   

Below you will find a season summary so you can start planning your hunting trips.  

G = Gun • M = Muzzleloader • A = Archery • S = Shotgun

White-tailed Deer Hunting Units


Unit A

Unit A includes Bradley, Carter, Hamilton, Hawkins, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea, Roane, and Sullivan counties.

Unit B

Unit B includes Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Claiborne, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Jackson, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties.

Unit C

Unit C includes Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Unicoi, Union, and Washington counties.

Unit D

Unit D includes Blount, Monroe, Polk, and Sevier counties.

Unit L

Unit L includes Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Franklin, Giles, Hardin, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Weakley, Williamson, and Wilson counties.

Unit CWD

Unit CWD includes Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton counties.

Deer Hunt Zones in Tennessee

Deer Seasons and Bag Limits - 2023-2024

Units A, B, C, D, L bag limit: 2 antlered deer (No more than 1 per day). Unit CWD bag limit: 3 antlered deer (No more than 1 per day; with all taken solely in Unit CWD or in combination with no more than two (2) deer taken outside Unit CWD). See the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for deer units and county listings.


Archery1 - Aug. 25-27 - Units A, B, C, D, L, Private Lands, Antlered deer only.

G/M/A1 - Aug. 25-27 - Unit CWD, Antlered deer only. Private lands and select public lands (see hunting guide for details)

A - Sep. 23-Oct. 27; Oct. 30-Nov 3 - Units A, B, C, D, L, Antlerless bag: Units A, B, C, & D=4; Unit L = 3/day, no season limit

A - Sep. 23-Oct. 27 - Unit CWD, Antlerless bag: 3/day, no season limit

G/M/A Young Sportsman2 (ages 6-16) Oct. 28-29; Jan. 13-14 - Statewide Antlerless bag: Units A, B, C, & D=2; Units L & CWD=3/day

M/A - Nov. 4-17 - Units A, B, C, D, L, Antlerless bag: Units A & B=2; Units C & D=1; Unit L=3/day

G/M/A - Oct. 30 - Jan. 12; Jan. 15-31 - Unit CWD, Antlerless bag: 3/day

G/M/A - Nov. 18 - Jan. 7 - Units A, B, C, D, L, Antlerless bag: Unit A=2; Unit B=1; Unit C=1 (Nov. 18-Dec. 3 only); Unit D=1 (Nov. 18-24 only); Unit L=3/day

G/M/A - Jan. 8-12 Private Lands Only3 - Unit L, Antlerless bag: 3/day. No antlered deer in Unit L

1. Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations (page 50) to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

2. Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single, qualifying adult. Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

3. Hunting is allowed on all privately owned lands in Unit L (including leased land and lands owned by individuals). It is the responsibility of all hunters to obtain verbal or written permission to hunt on privately owned lands. No public lands or WMAs are open during this period. No antlered deer may be taken during this period in Unit L.

Elk

Archery Only

Sep. 30 - Oct. 6, 2023;  7 permits, 1 antlered elk/permit

Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery, Young Sportsman (resident only, ages 13-16)

Oct. 7 - 13, 2023;  1 permit, for 1 antlered elk

Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery

Oct. 14 - 20, 2023;  7 permits, 1 antlered elk/permit

Bear

No Dogs Allowed on Hunts

Bag limit: 1 per season. Cubs under 75 lbs. are prohibited.

Archery Only, Sept. 23 - Oct. 20,  All Zones

Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery - Young Sportsman, (Ages. 6-16), Oct. 28 - 29,  Zone 1, 2, 3

Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery, Nov. 18 - 21 - Zone 1, 2, 3

Dogs Allowed - G/M/A

Bag limit: 1 per season. Cubs under 75 lbs. are prohibited.

Oct. 7-9, 14-15 - Zone 1

Oct. 7-10, 13-15 - Zone 2

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 7-13 - Zone 3

Nov. 6-13 - Zone 1

Oct. 30-Nov. 3 - Zone 2, 3

Nov. 27-Dec. 13 - Zone 1

Nov. 27-Dec. 21 - Zone 2

Nov. 27-Dec. 10 - Zone 3

Dec. 28-31 - Zone 3

Restrictive Bear Hunt

Bag limit: 1 per season. Cubs under 75 lbs. are prohibited.

Sept. 16-22 - Private lands within Kettlefoot/Laurel Fork Reserves

Fall Turkey

Archery

Bag Limit: 1 bearded turkey, per county, only in counties open to fall turkey hunting.  

Sep. 23 - Oct. 27, 2023

Oct. 30 - Nov. 3,  2023

Shotgun

Bag Limit: 1 bearded turkey, per county, only in counties open to fall turkey hunting.  

Oct. 14-27,  2023

Spring Turkey 

Shotgun/Archery, Young Sportsmans (ages 6-16)

April 6-7,  2024:  Daily bag: 1 bearded turkey per day. Counts toward spring season bag of two (2), only one can be a jake.

Shotgun/Archery, General Season

April 13- May 26,  2024:  Bag limit: 2 bearded turkeys, only one can be a jake; no more than 1 per day. Adult gobbler must have at least one of the following: a beard longer than 6 inches, tail feathers are all the same length, wing feathers have white barring all the way to the tip, a spur that is at least 1/2 inch long.

Grouse

Oct. 14, 2023 - Feb. 29,  2024:   Daily bag 3

Quail

Nov. 4,  2023 - Feb. 29,  2024:   Daily bag 6

Sandhill Crane (Quota Hunt)

Statewide Zone

Dec. 2, 2023 – Jan. 30, 2024

Southeast Zone

Dec. 2, 2023 - Jan. 11, 2024

Jan. 15 – 30, 2024

Mourning Dove

Sep. 1 - 28, 2023

Oct. 14 - Nov. 5,  2023

Dec. 8, 2023 - Jan. 15, 2024:  Daily bag 15

Woodcock

Nov. 11 - Dec. 3, 2023

Jan. 10 - Jan. 31, 2024:  Daily bag 3

Crow

June 11 – July 12, 2023 (Fri, Sat. Sun. only)

Sep. 1 – Sep. 5, 2023

Sep. 9 – Dec 20, 2023 (Fri., Sat., Sun. only)

Jan. 1 – Feb 28, 2024;  No daily bag  limit

Snipe

Nov. 14, 2023 - Feb. 28, 2024:  Daily bag 8

Canada Goose

Sep. 1-17, 2023:  Daily bag 5

Wood Duck/Teal

Sep. 9-13, 2023: Daily bag 6, not to exceed 2 wood ducks/day

Teal-only

Sep. 14-17, 2023: Daily bag 6

Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers

Bag limit is 6 ducks per day with restrictions

Statewide Zone, 

  Nov 25 - 26, 2023

  Dec 5, 2023 - Jan 31, 2024

Veterans and Active Military

  Feb 4, 2024

  Feb. 11, 2024

Young Sportsman

  Feb. 3, 2024

  Feb. 10, 2024:  All zones, ages 16 and under

See the full Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for more information on these seasons, as well as the sandhill crane and other goose seasons.

Squirrel

 Aug. 26 - March 15: Daily bag 10

Spring Squirrel (2024)

May 11 - June 9: Daily bag 10

Rabbit

Nov. 4 - Feb. 29: Daily bag 5

Bullfrog

Year-round - 20 per person per night

Bullfrog

TWRA Managed Lakes - June 1-30 - 20 per person per night

Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Otter, Spotted Skunk, Weasel

Nov. 17, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024 - No limit

Bobcat 

Statewide

Nov. 17, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024 - 1 per day

Private Land

Sept. 23, 2023 - Nov. 16, 2023 - 1 per day

Armadillo, Beaver, Coyote, Groundhog, Striped Skunk

Allowed year-round - No limit

Raccoon

Private Land

Sunset July 1, 2023 - Sunrise Sep. 15, 2023, Nightly Season bag 2.  Closed in Scott, Morgan, Roane, Rhea, Hamilton, and all other counties east of those counties.

Statewide Season

Sunset Sep. 15, 2023 - Sunrise March 15, 2024: Nightly bag: 4

Training Season

Year-round, except where prohibited by local ordinances. No, take permitted.