Tennessee Deer News

MJ fire chief nearly skinny dips to save a life August 21, 2015 Tennessee, Wilson Post
...  a baby deer that somehow got stuck in a swimming pool, and by the time I got there she was almost a goner ... when I put my hand on her back, she just rolled over onto her side and she never kicked once ...


A deer in Cades Cove, TN munches on leaves unfazed by the cars passing by. - July 25, 2015 Tennessee


Deer turns fishing expedition into rescue operation June 27, 2015 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel
...  as the little deer headed for the very middle of the lake. As they watched, the swimming deer turned into a struggling deer...  able to pull it into the boat ... The fawn was deposited in water about up to its chest and in a couple of minutes both it and its mother ran away into the woods...

TWRA to raise prices for hunting and fishing licenses June 23, 2015 Tennessee, WBIR-TV 
... For the first time in more than a decade, TWRA will raise the price on hunting and fishing licenses. The 19 percent increase in price was decided upon based on a 22 percent increase in the consumer price index since the last increase in 2004...

Hendersonville, USDA: Consider non-lethal deer control for Hendersonville June 16, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... survey estimates ... 19.4 deer per square mile... “You have a normal-sized deer herd that is concentrated in certain areas because people are feeding them,” ... recommends the city enact an ordinance that would prohibit people from feeding deer...

Murder on Lake Trez: The Jane Doe Story June 13, 2015 Tennessee, manrepeller.com
... They scrambled to the window in time to see Jane Doe leap into the water, followed closely by two big dogs... The bigger dogs circled the doe to keep her from shore. “By the time we realized what was happening, it was too late,” ... 

Hendersonville, Deer culling idea up for debate in Hendersonville June 8, 2105 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... Hendersonville leaders passed an ordinance in January that would make the city the first in the state to hire sharp shooters certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cull its urban deer herd...  there are at least 872 deer, or 19.4 deer per square mile. [not a high deer population] ...

Too soon to tell effects of new hunting regulations June 3, 2015 Tennessee, The Hartsville Vidette
... As for my trophy-hunting buddies, it seems like two “trophies” a year would be sufficient. How many racks or mounted heads can they hang on their wall?  It’s been my experience that many, if not most, antlers end up in an attic, garage or storage shed gathering dust and being nibbled to pieces by mice...

... "The theory is if we reduce the opportunities, people will pass up the younger ones and wait up on the older ones ... There's no doubt we're killing young deer that we don't necessarily need to." ...

Tennessee panel approves 2-buck limit May 22, 2015 The Commercial Appeal
... It is the first change in the buck limit since it went to three in 1999...

Man captures video of rare albino deer in Columbia May 21, 2015 Tennessee, WKRN
... A Tullahoma man captured video of a rare albino deer while turkey hunting in Maury County...

Wildlife commission will set hunting regulations Friday May 20, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle
... a regulation proclamation that would change the annual bag limit for antlered deer from three to two... A complete list of the agenda items can be found at the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org...

TWRA requests public input May 13, 2015 Tennessee, Claiborne Progress
... The Wildlife Committee passed a motion directing TWRA staff to develop a proclamation for a two-buck limit; which allows for public discussion and comment on this potential change in deer harvest regulations. An increase in elk zones from five to seven with no increase in permits issued was proposed to reduce harvest pressure ...

Liddy Bug is a muntjac deer from Tennessee who loves being fed delicious treats! She's happiest when munching on a banana, a carrot or even a cucumber! She's just 14 weeks old, and already tasting everything in sight! - May 11, 2015


TFWC proposes change in buck limit May 10, 2015 Tennessee, The Daily Times
... the 2014-2015 deer harvest, making these points: The final deer harvest was again in the 165,000 range. Analysis indicates that it had the state’s lowest percentage of 1.5-year-old bucks harvested at 36 percent; and almost two-thirds of the bucks were 2.5 years or older. The size of last year’s harvest and its high percentage of mature bucks are good indications of a healthy deer herd...

Public may comment until May 18 on reducing deer limit May 6, 2015 Tennessee, WBIR-TV
... The public has until May 18 to weigh in on a controversial proposal to change the state's three buck limit for deer to two... by email to twra.comment@tn.gov. Include "Hunting Season Comments" on the subject line of emailed submissions.

TWRA Requests Public Input For 2015-16 Hunting Regulations Proposals April 30, 2015 Tennessee, The Chattanoogan
... The Wildlife Committee passed a motion directing TWRA staff to develop a proclamation for a two-buck limit ... a copy of all the regulation proposals can be found on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org... Comments may be ... emailed to twra.comment@tn.gov until May 18.  Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions...

Deer buck limit could be reduced to two April 29, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... The deer buck statewide limit could be reduced from three to two per year ... The state limit has been three bucks since it was bumped up from two in 1999...

TWRA Presents 2015-16 Hunting Season Proposals April 24, 2015 Tennessee, Chattanoogan
...  the TFWC passed a motion to direct the TWRA to develop a proclamation for a two-buck limit. There will be a comment period upcoming to receive public input for the change of a three to two buck limit... The entire meeting can be viewed online on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org...

At Tennessee Christian Medical Center. April 20, 2015


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...

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  A two buck limit was set for 2015, the first change since 1999 when the limit went to three.
    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  Estimated population in 1989:  625,000
    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