Tennessee Deer News

Landowners launch fight against illegal hunting March 17, 2015 Tennessee, Elk Valley Times
...  legislation that would establish a restitution scale with increased fines for those who illegally kill white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bear or wild elk... : for an antlered wild elk or antlered white-tailed deer with at least eight but not more than 10 points, $500 for each point; for an antlered wild elk or antlered white-tailed deer with 11 or more points ...

Deer me, it’s time to get involved March 15, 2015 Tennessee, Daily Times 
... Deer hunters, do you want a one-buck limit in Tennessee? The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is not planning such a move, but a vocal group of hunters is asking for exactly that in the comments sent to the TWRA as the Agency considers changes to the 2015-16 hunting regulations. Presently, the annual bag limit for bucks is three...

Is it legal to kill that critter? Ask the Legislature March 8, 2015 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel
... Illegally killing or possessing a female deer falls under a general $1,000 penalty — the same as for turkeys (again, up from the current $200). But for antlered male deer, there’s a new point system: $500 for each point of the animal’s antlers for those with eight to 10 points (that’s $5,000 for a 10-point buck) ...

Hendersonville, City leaders should have to watch deer ‘slaughter’ March 4, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean 
... Just when we thought the majority of the board had decided to look at more humane methods and involve citizens from each district, Ward 4 Alderman Don Ames begged for one more chance to reconsider the slaughter. So now, thousands of taxpayers’ dollars are being spent to have an aerial count done...

TWRA reports close to 165,000 Deer Harvested during 2014-2015 Seasons February 7, 2015 Tennessee, Clarksville Online 
... This year’s statewide total of 164,869 again reflects the stability of the state’s deer population. Last year’s total was just slightly above 168,000...

The buck stops here January 30, 2015 Tennessee, Crossville Chronicle
... Deer (Anakawi) Clan members in the Cherokee Tribe ... were the keepers of the deer and were taught the deer medicines and rituals. Part of that was respecting the deer and caring for them ...  Before killing a deer, a hunter of the Deer Clan was taught to pray with apologetic thankfulness for the deer giving its life for theirs. These prayers were to Awi Usdi, “Little Deer,” who was the deer spirit protector...

Elk hunts have become rarity in Tennessee January 28, 2015 Tennessee, The Hartsville Vidette
... In 1783, men surveying a road reported seeing numerous herds of elk in Middle Tennessee and Davy Crockett wrote of seeing elk in the bottomlands of Obion and Dyer counties in the 1820s. But by the time Crockett was seeing elk in West Tennessee, they were already gone from Middle Tennessee...

Deer hunters finish with a good harvest, 2013-2014 harvest data January 25, 2015 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... Deer hunters fell far short of the record-setting season of 2006-07 when 182,782 deer where harvested, but they still had a respectable harvest of 164,772 ...85,105 antlered bucks, 8,266 button bucks, 2,034 antlerless bucks, and 69,367 does...

Give TWRA your input for needed changes January 25, 2015 Tennessee, The Daily Times
... The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is ready for input from the public to make improvements in the 2015-2016 fall hunting seasons... deadline is Sunday, Feb. 15 ... The TWRA estimates the deer population for Tennessee to be around 950,000...

Hunters nearly exterminated deer in state January 21, 2015 Tennessee, The Hartsville Vidette
... By the 1940s the deer in Tennessee numbered less than 2,000, all located in the high hills of the Great Smokies... From 1950 to 1985 around 9,000 deer were released across the state ...

Rock City's Deer Park Phase II Opening And Deer To Be Named January 21, 2015 Tennessee, Chattanoogan
... A new phase is complete at Rock City’s Deer Park to expand its fallow deer habitat... A social media contest is currently underway to name her [one of the new deer], via Rock City’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/seerockcitygardens) and Instagram (www.instagram/seerockcity)...

Henry County third in statewide deer harvest January 16, 2015 Tennessee, Paris Post Intelligencer
... unofficial figures this week showed hunters checked in a total of 164,650 this year...

TN deer harvest tops 160,000 for 5th year in a row January 15, 2015 Tennessee, WBIR-TV 
... The final harvest was 164,638, which was 3,869 below last season ... 42 percent of the bucks harvested were 2 1/2 years of age or older...

Hendersonville's deer culling proposal gets another shot January 14, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean
...  would allow up to $18,000 for the first year of a deer control program. The program would call for the baiting of deer to private land and the removal of them by sharpshooters certified by the USDA. Deer meat would then be donated to local food banks. The plan included an aerial survey both before and after the culling at a cost of $6,000...

State deer herd getting bigger, better January 11, 2015 Tennessee, The Daily Times
... Wildlife biologists know that a larger number of older deer means a better breeding population. TWRA Big Game Coordinator Darryl Ratajczak reports that in the mid-1990s 50 percent of the bucks taken were 2.5 years old or older, and every year since then that percentage has been increasing. 

Deer hunting season closes with harvest above 160,000 January 4, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean 
... data still being collected the harvest is currently at 162,219 ... The 2013-14 harvest was 168,507 and the 2012-13 harvest was 176,600...

Deer season winding down December 27, 2014 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... Harvest reports compiled by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency indicate that 145,756 deer have been taken so far this year and that is 350 more than the same period last year...

Deer season on pace for record older bucks harvest December 24, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... at this point the average number of bucks killed as yearlings is 37 percent, which is 5 percent below the record low.  The fewer young bucks that are being killed is an indication that the deer population is healthy because it means more are living longer...

TWRA Proposes Changes To License Fee Structure December 15, 2014 Tennessee, The Chattanoogan
...This license fee change proposal is the first since 2005, and only the second to be sought since 1990. It’s also the smallest increase in the TWRA’s 65-year history... “We employ 46 fewer people agency-wide now than we did eight years ago, and salaries and benefits such as health insurance have increased significantly,” ... 

Hendersonville 'neuters' lethal deer plan December 10, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean 
... At issue was whether the city should bait deer to private land and hire U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified sharpshooters to cull the herd.  In the end, members of the city's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 9-4 on an amended version of the proposal — minus the use of lethal force... According to the recommendation, the city would first do an aerial survey of the city's deer population...

A nice cool day outside watching the deer. - December 10, 2014



Deer farming is spin-off of trophy-hunting craze December 9, 2014 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
... an estimated 10,000 are currently operating in the U.S. and Canada -- and the issue is sure to eventually crop up in Tennessee where such farms are banned... Deer farming is a bad idea for a number of reasons.  First, there are concerns about disease... The more outrageously genetically-altered bucks are called "Frankenstein" bucks because of their grotesquely-massive antlers...

Deer hunters on record setting track November 29, 2014 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle 
...  The state harvest record was set during the 2006-07 season when 182,782 deer were checked in and hunters could exceed 192,000 deer this season if current trends hold up...

Hendersonville, Some upset with Hendersonville's deer overpopulation solution November 26, 2014 WSMV ·  
... For some 40 years, Ronnie Cochran has enjoyed watching the wildlife outside his front door... one of several Hendersonville resident upset about a plan the city is considering that would control the deer population by baiting them to a field and using sharpshooters to kill them...

Tennessee's 2014-15 Gun Season For Deer Underway November 26, 2014 The Chattanoogan
... deer gun season ... 12,737 deer harvested the opening weekend ... 16,097 in 2013 ... 

Deer population in good condition as gun season opens November 19, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean 
... The total harvest for 2013 was 168,524...  so far, a total of 64,041 deer have been harvested ... 

Hendersonville, Deer back on the radar in Hendersonville November 17, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... leaders are within a few weeks of voting on whether to allow the city to manage its urban deer herd by the use of lethal force... Deer would be baited for a period of two to three weeks after deer season to an open tract of land. Does, or female deer, would be killed with suppressed, high-powered rifles by professional wildlife experts contracted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

Sevier News Messenger November 16, 2014 
... TWRA On the Go is a free app for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets that allows the user to access news and regulations from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, as well as perform license renewal, game check-in and use other handy tools...

... Individuals and deer hunting clubs killing 10 or more deer a year are asked to participate. They can send an email expressing their interest to TWRA.TNDeerData@tn.gov or call 615-5262.

... opened in Tennessee on Saturday, November 8th and continues through Friday, November 21st in all three of Tennessee’s deer hunting units ... Muzzleloading firearms of .36 caliber minimum plus long bows, compound bows and crossbows are legal ...

Deer behavior changes during the rut November 8, 2014 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle 
... Deer have a light sensitive gland at the base of their brain known as the pineal gland. It serves as a “third eye” that controls their reproductive cycle through a process known as photoperiodism. As days get shorter in the autumn, less light is gathered through the deer’s eyes and this activates the pineal gland and the rut...

238 deer harvested in Oak Ridge hunt; 2 too hot to take home November 5, 2014 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel 
... all deer must be checked for radioactivity ... Two of the deer were retained because of contamination ... Organized hunts on the federal reservation began in the mid-1980s as a way to trim the size of the Oak Ridge deer population ... 

Youth deer hunt harvest lowest in 10 years November 1, 2014 Tennessee,  Leaf Chronicle 
...  the young hunters harvested 5,559 deer, including 2,559 antlered deer, 376 button bucks, 86 antlerless bucks and 2,538 does ... the lowest recorded over the past 10 years, with the record harvest set in 2006 when the young hunters tagged 9,502 deer ..

Hendersonville deer poacher turns himself in October 31, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... he shot the buck with 15-point antlers while sitting in his truck in a populated area at night ...
     Deer poached in Hendersonville; officers seeking tips October 29, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... poached on Monday near Center Point Road in Hendersonville... 15-point antlers was shot with a rifle out of season and in a congested area... call the TWRA Region II poaching hotline at 1-800-624-7406.

Deer harvest down as second segment gets underway October 29, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... 20,218 deer were harvested across the state in the first segment of deer archery hunting season ...  3,659 fewer deer than were killed in the first segment of archery season in 2013 ...

Fall weather good for outdoor activities October 24, 2014 Tennessee,  Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
...  during the first three weeks of the archery-only season ... 10,539 deer included 3,211 antlered bucks, 455 button bucks, 314 antlerless bucks and 6,559 does. It was the lowest opening three-week harvest in the past five years...

Hendersonville, Residents battle over how to deal with Hendersonville's deer overpopulation October 23, 2014 Tennessee, WKRN
... Neighbors are reporting increased vehicle damage, property damage and concern for landscape ... “If people have an opinion on this issue, it is a very strong opinion,” .. the committee recommended contracting with a USDA approved company to use high powered rifles with a silencer to kill female deer over the course of a few weeks in the winter... It would be a first for Tennessee...

... On Nov. 2, 2011, the commission passed Resolution No. 1111-14 that said an annual report "should be presented by TWRA to this legislative body no later than May prior to each year's scheduled hunt."  Farrell has discovered that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency presented no such report to the commission in either 2013 or 2014, and argues that the commission should be bound by its own resolution to stop the hunts as a result. ...

Tennessee motorists urged to beware of deer October 19, 2014 The Tennessean
... deer-related crashes are most likely to occur between October and January, especially in November....  the state deer population numbers more than 900,000. Growth of the Tennessee deer herd is expected to increase at 1 to 2 percent per year, with most expansion occurring in East Tennessee and the Mississippi River counties.

There's a reason why I don't bow hunt October 15, 2014 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
...  I gave up bow hunting in the mid-1960's after I shot a little buck, it ran off and died, and I couldn't find it. I made an apparent perfect shot at about 20 paces, burying the arrow up to the feathers behind the deer's shoulder. But the triple-bladed broadhead didn't kill the deer... About a week later another hunter in the area found the dead buck by following circling buzzards...

Montgomery County leads state deer harvest October 4, 2014 Tennessee,  Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... the archery-only season opened Sept. 27 ... The first week harvest report is 11.4 percent below the first week of the 2013 season ... 1,293 antlered bucks, 164 button bucks, 146 antlerless bucks and 2,624 does...

Tennessee DataHarvest data for 2013 indicate a decline in population, an estimated 950,000 deer in 2014, an increase during the year. About one million deer in the state before hunting season in 2012 and 900,000 deer in 2011.  The state deer population has been approximately stable for several years.  Some estimates put the herd about 20 percent lower than these estimates from TWRA.  The agency expects the herd to grow by one or two percent with most growth in East Tennessee and along the Mississippi.  Hunter success in 2011 was estimated at 83 percent of all hunters taking at least one deer, highest in the nation.  About 55 percent of the deer taken in 2012 were bucks.  Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease killed many deer in 2007.   Hunting statistics
    Deer populations were hunted to near extinction in the early 1900's and hunting was closed to protect the herd.  In the 1940's there were fewer than 2,000 deer, all located in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Hunting was reopened in the 1950's. From the 1950;s to 1985, about 9,000 deer were relocated into the state.  "During 1966-67, 75 black-tailed deer purchased from Oregon were released at the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant. They were used in an experimental breeding program until 1973. At that time, the 46 remaining black-tailed deer were released in Hamblen County and the hybrids were released at Milan Arsenal. Because of the blacktail's susceptibility to meningeal worm, the gene pool is believed to have been eliminated from Tennessee."  From:  A History of Deer Restoration in Tennessee
    By 1805 the woodland buffalo was hunted to extinction.

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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.

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This five-minute long, high-definition feature explores Tennessee's heritage of abundant wildlife, biodiversity, and conservation successes, and is largely a visual narrative of the work of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation since its creation in 1946. - June 10, 2014