The second of the season’s youth hunts, scheduled for Jan. 12-13, will conclude the 2012-13 deer hunting season in Tennessee.
Youth, ages 6-16 years of age may participate. The young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age who must remain in a position to take control of the hunting device.
The accompanying adult must comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied nu a single qualifying adult.
The first youth hunt of the season was held Oct. 27-28. The gun season for deer for everyone began on the Saturday before Thanksgiving across the state.
Heading into the final regular hunting weekend, sportsmen had harvested 164,549 since the archery only season began on Sept. 22.
At least 1,000 deer have been harvested in 69 of the state’s 95 counties. Giles County is the leader with 5,078 deer harvested. Rounding out the top 12 counties are Fayette County 4,966, Henry County 4,957, Hardeman County 4,374, Lincoln County 4,221, Maury County 3,762 Montgomery County 3,562, Franklin County 3,502, Weakley County 3,400, Carroll County 3,358, Madison County 3,182, and Wayne County 3,134.
Going into the final weekend last year, hunters had taken 160,914 deer. On the final weekend of the 2011 season, which ended Jan. 1, 2012, hunters harvested 4,741 deer. Following the youth hunt to close the season, the year’s total was 167,802.