Harvests from Tennessee’s first Young Sportsman Deer Hunt of the 2013-14 season were very similar to the fall of 2012, showing a slight increase. The youth hunt was held across the state on Oct. 26-27.
The young sportsmen harvested 8,484 deer in Tennessee’s 95 counties. The number is up 150 deer from 2012’s 8,334.
Henry County had the top harvest for the young sportsmen with 232 deer reported. Coming in second was Giles County with 213, Weakley County was third with 209 and Lawrence County was fourth with 200.
Counties rounding out the top 10 in harvests were Fayette 180, Lincoln 173, Montgomery 170, Hardeman 160, and Franklin and Roane each with 155.
The opening of muzzleloader/archery season in the state is Nov. 9. Gun/archery/muzzleloader season opens on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving which this year is Nov. 23. The season will then continue through Jan. 5, 2104.
The second Young Sportsman Hunt of the 2013-14 season will be Jan. 11-12, 2014.