Deer Season Ending

Friday, January 3, 2014

The second Young Sportsman Hunt will conclude the 2013-14 deer hunting season in Tennessee. The hunt is scheduled for Jan. 11-12.

Youth, 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.

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The first youth hunt of the season was held Oct. 26-27 and the young hunters had a harvest of 8,566. The gun season for deer for everyone across the state began on the permanent starting date of the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Heading into the final regular hunting weekend of Jan. 4-5, there have been 157,850 deer harvested since the archery only season began on Sept. 28. A final harvest tally for 2013-14 will be completed in a few weeks following the completion of the Young Sportsman Hunt.

Giles County is the leader with 4,942 deer harvested. Rounding out the top 10 counties are Fayette County 4,416, Henry County 4,248, Lincoln 4,210, Hardeman County 3,960, Maury County 3,796, Montgomery County 3,695, Franklin County 3,583, Carroll County 3,092, and Madison County 3,008.

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