The second Young Sportsman Hunt will conclude the 2013-14 deer hunting season in Tennessee. The hunt is scheduled for this weekend Jan. 11-12.
Youth, six-16 years of age, may participate. Young hunters 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. Youth hunters, ages 10-16, years old must also possess successful completion of an agency approved Hunter Education course. Young hunters ages 13-16, must also possess appropriate hunting licenses.
The accompanying adult must comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. A single qualifying adult may accompany multiple youths.
The first youth hunt of the season was held Oct. 26-27 and the young hunters harvested 8,566 deer. The regular rifle season for deer across the state began on the permanent starting date of the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Heading into the final hunting weekend, there have been 165,283 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.