Tennessee Deer Population:  An estimated 950,000 deer in Tennessee in 2015 and 2014 with a modest upward trend into 2016.  About 925,000 deer in 2013 and one million before the hunting season in 2012.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Tennessee deer hunting data and news archive.

Tennessee Deer News

... even a buck with 1-inch antlers is classified as a buck and counts toward a hunter's current annual bag limit of two bucks... what's happening is you're leaving little bitty, inferior bucks out there. When you're raising cattle do you kill your best bull and leave your scrub bull to breed your herd? ...

Kahite, Deer culling in Kahite has Tellico Village community divided February 4, 2017 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel
... Two things we don’t talk about here are who you voted for and deer,” ... The committee contacted numerous authorities and went through numerous possible ways to cut the deer population, including sterilization, removal and building a large fence. For various reasons, all but one were rejected – hiring hunters to shoot the deer...

Private land owners hold deer management decision February 1, 2017 Tennessee, WDEF News 12
... Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has little to do with deer management issues on private lands, but does provide depredation permits through a vetting process...  has been contacted by Kahite Community in Monroe County ...

Henry County third statewide in deer harvest January 19, 2017 Tennessee, Paris Post Intelligencer
... The unofficial total from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stood at 157,227 deer for the year...

TWRA invites hunter input January 19, 2017 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
... Over the next few weeks hunters can make their feelings known to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency by submitting comments and suggestions... I oppose further regulations that favor trophy deer hunting...

Deer costs man nearly $10,000 under new Tennessee law January 12, 2017 Knoxville News Sentinel
... shot an 11-point buck from his driveway ... did not have permission to hunt... fine was imposed under recent legislation that increases financial penalties ...

...  a Boone and Crockett panel of four judges measured the 47-point rack ... larger than the non-typical current net world record ... had 38 points... deer antlers could be worth $100,000 ...

Tenn. hunters cussing, discussing antlerless deer rule January 7, 2017 Tennessee, The Commercial Appeal
... As of Friday morning, 82,331 male deer have been killed during the 2016-17 season ... compares to 89,202 bucks killed last season...  antlerless deer killed thus far this year compared to a year ago — 62,662 to 74,659...

...A new Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency rule prohibits deer, elk, and moose harvested in states that have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD, from entering the state unless they have been processed ... 

Deer illegally killed, left to waste December 30, 2016 Tennessee, WBBJ-TV
... the buck grew up on their property and got along with their livestock, and many people in the area knew the buck as “the community deer.” ...

Citizens report cougar sightings in Mt. Juliet December 21, 2016 Tennessee, xWilson Post
... A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife biologist confirmed Monday she's had several reports of cougar sightings from Mt. Juliet ...

Keep an eye out for illegal deer dumping November 23, 2016 Tennessee, WKRN.com
... many of these dumping happen along rural county roads, most often in the dead of night... Aggravated criminal littering is a class A misdemeanor ...

... TWRA officials said the hunter brought the deer into Tennessee after killing it in Missouri, a state infected with a disease called Chronic Wasting Disease, or C.W.D... 

Potential world record deer antlers could be worth $100,000 November 15, 2016 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... The rack itself could be worth more than $100,000, said Jared Steele, owner of Great Basin Antler Buyers in Utah ...
... The deer’s antlers totaled more than 300 inches in length ...

Hunters Encouraged To Take Deer To Checking Stations On Nov. 5 And 19 November 2, 2016 Tennessee, The Chattanoogan
... The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be collecting deer biological data on the opening day of muzzleloader season, Nov. 5 and the opening day of the rifle season, Nov. 19 at various locations across East Tennessee... Hunters are also reminded of the restriction that bans the importation of deer, moose, and elk carcasses from any state not bordering Tennessee that has found a positive case of CWD...

Lt. Col Cape Taylor, of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, answers the questions you have on baiting in Tennessee. - November 2, 2016


... A new Tennessee rule that prohibits carrying animal carcasses across the state line into Tennessee is outraging local hunters and business owners. The stricter importation rules are meant to be a way to restrict a fatal disease [chronic wasting] from coming into Tennessee ...

The Tennessean
... The current harvest is 13,755, which is 1,552 behind the same point in 2015 ...

... any deer, moose, or elk carcasses harvested in a state that has tested positive for CWD must now be deboned and the skulls cleaned of meat and tissue before it will be allowed in the Volunteer state...

Let's talk about our deer regulations October 20, 2016 Tennessee, WilsonPost.com
... Button bucks are no longer antlerless deer ...   if the antlers protrude far enough to break the hairline, the deer must be checked in as one of the two bucks we are allowed. ... one hunter told me, "I don't give a damn what they say, I aint wastin a buck tag on button buck. I aint check-in it in at all." ...

Deer disease prompts new regulations in Tennessee October 14, 2016 Memphis Commercial Appeal
...  a deer killed from a CWD zone can’t be brought back to Tennessee to be processed...

Tennessee Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game and Fish
... a total of 167,339 whitetails last season ... TWRA expects this season to be very similar again in harvest numbers ... “The age structure of our herd is good and is slowly improving toward an older age-class of bucks being harvested,” ... 

Deer harvest dips on opening weekend of archery season September 28, 2016 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... The harvest Saturday and Sunday was 1,794, which was 730 fewer deer than were killed on the opening weekend in 2015 ... opening weekend harvest in 2014 was 2,764 and in 2013 was 3,076...

Changes In Regard To Antlered, Antlerless Deer September 21, 2016 Tennessee, Full Coverage
... An antlered deer is now defined as any male or female deer with an antler protruding above its hairline. An antlerless deer is now defined as any deer with no antler protruding above its hairline...

Tennessee 26th in nation for deer-auto collisions, says survey September 20, 2016 Knoxville News Sentinel
... The odds drivers will hit a deer in Tennessee are 1 out of 147, above the national odds of 1 in 164, according to new claims data from the agency measured from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016...

Tellico, Deer population causes concerns in Tellico Village neighborhood September 15, 2016 Tennessee, WATE 6 On Your Side
... “The issue is if eating flowers is a capital offense,” Hammersmith said.  There is a push by some in the neighborhood to “cull” the deer meaning they would get approval through TWRA to be able to hunt the deer. The issue has to be approved by the Tellico Village Property Owners Association ...

Tennesseans hunting deer out of state reminded of new rules September 10, 2016 Clarksville Now
... the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) voted unanimously to approve a proposal that  ... extends the restrictions on importation of deer, moose, and elk carcasses to the entirety of any state not bordering Tennessee that has found a positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It also includes states bordering Tennessee if that state has a CWD-positive county within 150 miles ...

'America's very best idea' September 2, 2016 Tennessee, Oak Ridger
... “In 1934, there were 12 whitetail deer in Tennessee and six in North Carolina. … U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn ...

Saturday is Free Hunting Day in Tennessee August 25, 2016 Tennessee, The Daily Post-Athenian
... "There were no deer around here for deer hunting when I was growing up in the 1970s. There was rabbit and quail hunting, but those really need dogs, so squirrel was really the easiest way to get someone into hunting." ...

Wildlife commission to meet in Crossville August 17, 2016 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... Chronic Wasting Disease is moving closer to Tennessee and the TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division will present recommendations for deer and other cervid carcass importation restrictions, along with an update on the CWD cooperation efforts with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture...

Tennessee Data: TWRA estimates 950,000 deer in 2015 and 2014, expected one to two percent growth in the near future.  Harvest data for 2013 indicated a decline in population.  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.  A two buck limit was set for 2015, the first change since 1999 when the limit went to three.  Fewer male deer and more does were killed in 2015.  
     Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease killed many deer in 2007.  Peak of the rut is around November 20.
    Deer populations were hunted to near extinction in the early 1900's and hunting was closed to protect the herd.  An estimated 12 deer in the state in 1934.  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  Estimated population in 1989:  625,000
    By 1805 the woodland buffalo was hunted to extinction.
    About 400 Elk in 2015 after a restocking effort.  Plentiful in 1783, as reported by road surveyors, by the 1820's they were gone from the middle of the state, western herds soon followed.

Stop Poaching Hotlines:  For Middle Tennessee, the number is 1-800-255-8972. For West Tennessee, including Stewart, Houston and Humphreys counties, call 1-800-831-1173.

Other useful links: 
Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo

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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