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.   

Check out our Google calendar for season dates that you can add to your personal calendar. 

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

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

Deer

Antlered Deer: Male or female deer with at least one (1) antler that is a minimum of three (3) inches in length.  Antlerless Deer: Male or female deer with no antlers or with antlers that are less than three (3) inches in length.  Antlerless deer hunters may harvest up to the unit antlerless bag limit in each unit. Moving to a different county within the same deer hunting unit does not increase the hunter’s bag limit.

Archery equipment is legal during muzzleloader and gun seasons, muzzleloading equipment is legal during gun season.

Statewide Bag Limit: Two (2) antlered deer (one per day, not to exceed 2 for the license year). The statewide bag limit of two (2) antlered deer may be exceeded if taken as a bonus deer, if taken under the Earn-A-Buck Program in Unit CWD (see CWD in Tennessee), or if taken as a Replacement Buck (see CWD in Tennessee).

Units A, B, C, D, L bag limit: 2 antlered deer. No more than 1 per day. Unit CWD bag limit 3 antlered deer.

A

Aug. 26-28, 2022 Private Lands Only
Antlered deer only

Units A, B, C, D, L

 

G/M/A

Aug. 26-28, 2022
Antlered deer only. Private lands and select public lands

Unit CWD

A

Sep. 24-Oct. 28, 2022; Oct. 31-Nov 4, 2022
Antlerless bag: Units A, B, C, D=4;
Unit L, 3/day, no season limit

Units A, B, C, D, L

A

Sep. 24-Oct. 28, 2022
Antlerless bag: 3/day, no season limit

Unit CWD

G/M/A

Oct. 29-30, 2022; Jan. 14-15, 2023
Young Sportsman (ages 6-16). Antlerless bag: Units A, B, C, D=2; Units L, CWD=3/day

Statewide

M/A

Nov. 5-18, 2022

Antlerless bag: Units A, B=2; Units C, D=1; Unit L=3/day

Units A, B, C, D, L

 

G/M/A

 

Oct. 31- Jan. 13; Jan. 16-31, 2023
Antlerless bag: 3/day

Unit CWD

G/M/A

Nov. 19, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023
Antlerless bag: Unit A=2; Unit B=1; Unit L=3/day; Unit C=1

(Nov. 19-Dec. 4 only); Unit D=1 (Nov. 19-25 only)

Units A, B, C, D, L

 

G/M/A

Jan. 9-13, 2023 Private Lands Only

Antlerless bag: 3/day. No antlered deer in Unit L

Unit L

ELK   (QUOTA HUNT)

A                 Sep. 24 - Sept. 30, 2022; 7 permits, 1 antlered elk/permit

G/M/A        Young Sportsman (resident only, ages 13-16) 
                      Oct. 1- 7, 2022; 1 permit, for 1 antlered elk

G/M/A        Oct. 8 - 14, 2022; 7 permits, 1 antlered elk/permit

Black Bear

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

A                 No dogs: Sep. 24 - Oct. 21, 2022

                    Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, Transitional

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Oct. 8 - 11, 2022 & Oct. 14 - 16, 2022         Zone 2

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Oct. 1 - 2, 2022 & Oct. 8 - 14, 2022              Zone 3

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Oct. 1 - 3, 2022 & Oct. 8 - 9, 2022                 Zone 1

G/M/A       No dogs, Young Sportsman

                    (ages 6-16): Oct. 29 - 30, 2022                                                 Zones 1, 2, 3

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2022                                    Zones 2, 3

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Nov. 7 - 14, 2022                                             Zone   1

G/M/A        No dogs: Nov. 19 - 22, 2022                                                    Zones 1, 2, 3

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, 2022                                 Zone 3

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Nov. 28 - Dec. 14, 2022                                 Zone 1

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Nov. 28 - Dec. 22, 2022                                 Zone 2

G/M/A        Dogs allowed: Dec. 29, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023                          Zone 3

FALL TURKEY

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

A            Sep. 24 - Oct. 28,  2022, Oct. 31 - Nov. 4,  2022

S            Oct. 15-28,  2022

SPRING TURKEY

S/A            Young Sportsmans (ages 6-16) - April 8-9,  2023

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

S/A             General Season  -  April 15- May 28,  2023    

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.

GAME BIRDS

Grouse            Oct. 8 ,  2022 - Feb. 28,  2023: Daily bag 3

Quail                Nov. 5,  2022 - Feb. 28,  2023: Daily bag 6

MIGRATORY BIRDS

Sandhill Crane

  Statewide Zone              Dec. 3, 2022 – Jan. 12, 2023

  Southeast Zone             Dec. 3, 2022 - Jan. 12, 2023 & Jan. 16 – 31, 2023 

Mourning Dove                Opens at Noon on Sep. 1-28, 2022: Daily bag 15 | Oct. 8 - 30, 2022: Daily bag 15 | Dec. 8, 2022- Jan. 15, 2023: Daily bag 15

Woodcock                          Nov. 12 - Dec. 4, 2022: Daily bag 3 | Jan. 10 - Jan. 31, 2023: Daily bag 3

Snipe                                    Nov. 14, 2022- Feb. 28, 2023: Daily bag 8

Canada Goose                  Sep. 1-18, 2022: Daily bag 5

Wood Duck/Teal              Sep. 10-14, 2022: Daily bag 6, not to exceed 2 wood ducks/day

Teal-only                            Sep. 15-18, 2022: Daily bag 6

Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers - Bag limit is 6 ducks per day.

Statewide Zone               Nov 26 - 27, 2022 & Dec 5, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023

Veterans and Active Military   Feb 5. and 12, 2023

Young Sportsman          Feb. 4, 2023, and Feb. 11, 2023: All zones, ages 16 and under

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

SMALL GAME

Squirrel                Aug. 27, 2022 - March 15, 2023, Daily bag 10

Spring Squirrel  May 13, 2023 - June 11, 2023, Daily bag 10

Rabbit                   Nov.  5, 2022 - Feb. 28, 2023, Daily bag 5

Bullfrog                 Year-round (except on TWRA Managed Lakes June 1-30 2023, 20 per person per night)

RACOON

Private Land               Sunset July 1 - Sunrise Sep. 16, 2022, Nightly Season bag 2.  Closed in Scott, Morgan, Roane, Rhea, Hamilton, and all other counties east of those counties.

Statewide Season      Sunset Sep. 16, 2022 - Sunrise March 15, 2023: Nightly bag: 4

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