Tennessee Deer News
Wildlife commission reviews regulations, set for May vote May 2, 2013 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... The commission will vote on the proposals at their next meeting, May 30-31, in Nashville at the Region II Ray Bell Building in the Ellington Agricultural Center. The approved changes will become effective March 1, 2014. The public is invited to attend these meetings and make comments as appropriate... Crockett County in West Tennessee be moved from Deer Unit A to Deer Unit L where hunters can take up to three antlerless deer per day ... Numerous counties in Deer Units A & B were also recommended for increases in antlerless deer opportunities...
Harvest among best ever with 176,951 tagged April 20, 2013 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
The 2012 Tennessee deer season closed in mid-January and the final harvest numbers provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency indicate that 176,951 deer were tagged during the 109-day season. ... The all-time harvest record was set in 2006 when 182,782 deer were taken. The 2004 season is in second place with 179,542 deer harvested...
Tennessee Department of Agriculture Launches Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program April 12, 2013 Clarksville Online
... The state initiative is part of a national program established last year by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to provide uniform herd certification standards and to support the domestic and international marketability of U.S. cervid herds. Through participation in the voluntary program ...
Tennessee Deer Harvest Totals Pass 176,600 for 2012-13 February 6, 2013 Outdoor Hub
... Giles County leads the way with 5,500 deer harvested, slightly ahead of Henry County at 5,496, which had a strong finish down the stretch to move into second place past Fayette County, which had a harvest of 5,433....
Rutting study results, hunting season comments sought January 15, 2013 Tennesse, Nooga.com
Last year, several deer hunters in southern Middle Tennessee expressed concern that the peak white-tailed deer mating season (rut) was later than biologists thought and that hunting seasons should be extended as a result... "The vast majority of the samples taken revealed a November or December breeding date, although there were some that were conceived in January. This reaffirms our belief that the peak of the rut occurs in the November-December time frame for the vast majority of the state." ... TWRA's Chief of Wildlife Daryl Ratajczak
This season's Tennessee deer harvest numbers highest since 2007 EHD outbreak January 13, 2013 Memphis Commercial Appeal
... Tennessee had a fantastic total deer harvest of 180,344 during the 2006-07 hunting season. But the state suffered a massive outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease during the summer of 2007, and the overall herd took a step backward... the deer that contracted and survived EHD developed a natural immunity to the disease, and that was passed automatically to their young.
Record-breaking deer harvest in Hamilton County January 10, 2013 Tennessee, Nooga.com
There was a time when Tennessee biologists thought white-tails would only thrive in the East Tennessee mountains. Now, they know deer easily adapt to the wide-open agricultural lands of Middle and West Tennessee as well...Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency manager Greg Atchley said ... "I couldn't believe we'd taken 200 deer in the most urban county in the region,"
Good deer season in Tenn., warm spell cut it some January 10, 2013 Tennessee, Seattle Post Intelligencer
... "I would call it a normal harvest," said Chuck Yoest, the state big game coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife ... "It could break 170,000."
Deer harvest nearing 142,000 December 19, 2012 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... As of 4 p.m. yesterday, harvest data posted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency indicated that 141,839 deer had been tagged since the season opened in September. The deer harvest included 77,809 antlered bucks, 6,861 button bucks, 2,265 antlerless bucks and 54,904 does... Deer hunters are on track to harvest approximately 170,000 this season which will exceed last year’s harvest of 162,542 deer, but will be far short of the record setting 2006-07 season when 182,093 deer were checked ...
Holiday weekend appears ideal for hunting, fishing November 21, 2012 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... The gun season opened last Saturday and the weekend harvest was 17,237 deer, up nearly 20 percent from 2011 ... included 11,483 antlered bucks. ... Tennessee deer hunters have checked in more than 90,300 deer since the archery-only season opened on Sept. 22, a two percent increase over the same period in 2011...
Wild hogs have a gruesome predatory side November 18, 2012 Tennessee, Memphis Commercial Appeal
... "Hogs aren't going to chase down a deer fawn once it's big enough to run away and fend for itself a little bit," said Bronson Strickland, an associate professor with Mississippi State University who specializes in human-animal conflicts. "But when those newborn fawns are in that totally helpless stage right after birth, a hog won't hesitate. To them, it's just another food item." ...
Tennessee conservation officers always have plenty to do on opening day of deer season November 17, 2012 Memphis Commercial Appeal
... the regional office of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Jackson fielded a call about someone who was suspected of illegally baiting deer on a patch of property in Hardeman County.... modern firearms season opened Saturday morning ... Since hunting over bait is considered one of the most serious wildlife offenses in Tennessee, the men will have to make a court appearance and will likely face a hefty fine plus the temporary loss of their hunting privileges.
Deer farming arises in state legislation November 12, 2012 Tennessee, UTM Pacer
... A bill called “The White-tailed Deer Breeding and Farming Act” is attempting to legalize deer farming in the state... gives the Tennessee Department of Agriculture authority over deer farming. Deer can be kept in a minimum 8-foot fence and can be used for the production of meat, hunting, personal use or any other purpose...
Tennessee Gun Season for Deer opens November 17th November 10, 2012 Clarksville Online
... Hunters may harvest one antlered buck per day until the statewide bag limit of three is reached, including those deer harvested during archery and muzzleloader seasons. An antlered buck is a buck with an antler at least three inches long. For antlerless deer hunting in Units A and B during this season, refer to the list of hunts on page 26 of TWRA’s 2012 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide
Gun hunters can now take their aim November 10, 2012 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency believes the state's deer population is relatively close to both the biological and cultural carrying capacity throughout most of the state and liberal bag limits have been implemented to maintain herd management ...The state’s deer population is estimated at 1,000,000 ...
Quality Deer Management Meeting November 7, 2012 Tennessee, The Tennessean
Middle Tennessee Quality Deer Management Association meeting, TWRA Region II Building at Ellington Agricultural Center, 6:30 p.m. November 13, Contact Gil Lackey at email@example.com.
Park to conduct prescribed burns of Cades Cove Meadows November 5, 2012 Tennessee, Cherokee One Feather
... The seasonal prescribed burns encourage the growth of native warm-season grasses providing high quality cover and foraging opportunities for a diversity of wildlife including deer, turkeys, and ground nesting birds. Without being either mowed or burned, the open meadows of the Cove would very quickly revert to pine and hardwood forest.
Don't use your new truck to fill deer tags, deer traffic data October 22, 2012 Tennessee, The Journal News
... In a recent news release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, it reports in Tennessee, between 2007 and 2011, 9.2 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. In 2011, there were 5,644 deer-related crashes, including 285 that involved injuries and two that were fatal. That was up by 4.2 percent from 5,418 the previous year. They also say that since 2007, deer-related crashes in Tennessee have increased 5.9 percent...
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Tennessee Data: About one million deer in the state before hunting season in 2012. An estimated population of 586,000 deer after the deer hunting season in early 2012, An estimated 900,000 deer in the state in 2011.
Other useful links:
- Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
- Tennessee Deer Harvest Reports
- 2012 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide
- Tennessee Wildlife Federation
- Tenness Wildlife Resources Agency
Scroll down for more tweetsDeer Management Objectives: 'Wildlife biologists determine how many animals need to be harvested then determine how many permits need to be issued in order to reach their harvest goals. The permits are then allocated and the end result is a quota hunt. '
Research by Auto Insurance Companies indicates that hunting increases the risk for deer-vehicle collisions.
Amicalola Deer Park This 1200-acre park is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains along the headwaters of the Amicalola River. It serves the needs of 150 rescued animals, primarily Sika and Fallow Deer, as a place of retreat, restoration, recreation, preservation and conservation. Amicalola Deer Park is now a toured facility offering many special events throughout the year to promote awareness and funding for their mission.