Tennessee Deer News

Cougars may be on the comeback in Tennessee January 31, 2016 Knoxville News Sentinel
... Recent cougar sightings have been confirmed at four locations in Tennessee ... The cougar has not been seen in Tennessee since the early 20th century until recently...

Tennessee deer season closes on upswing January 30, 2016 The Commercial Appeal 
... The much-talked-about change to a two-buck limit apparently didn't have an effect on the total. The buck harvest, Gudlin said, decreased 6 percent and the doe harvest increased 11 percent...

TWRA rescues deer with bucket stuck on its head January 28, 2016 Tennessee, LOCAL8now 
... "It appeared to be some kind of chicken feeder or bird feeder and it had the handle behind her head. There was no way she was going to take that off on her own," ...
... The crew was able to safely immobilize the deer with tranquilizing drugs and remove the bucket. They then gave the deer a reversal agent and set it free...

Average harvest and healthy deer herd January 24, 2016 Tennessee, Daily Times
...The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency estimates the deer population for Tennessee to be stabilized around 950,000. It regards these harvest totals as healthy and typical, and not likely to increase dramatically in the future...

Tennessee deer hunters have a good season January 24, 2016 Leaf Chronicle 
... Thanks to a late-season private lands hunt in Deer Unit L (most of Middle and West Tennessee) for antlerless deer, Tennessee deer hunters had the fifth best deer season on record, with a harvest of 167,306 deer ...

... The report indicated a harvest of 167,235 compared to 164,932 in 2014 and an average of 167,720 deer for the previous five years. The buck harvest saw a decrease of six percent while the doe harvest had an increase of 11 percent...

First Year Results of Controversial Buck Limit January 21, 2016 Tennessee, WTVC
... Based on current harvest figures, Tennessee deer hunters did indeed kill fewer bucks in the most recent season... One indicator Yoest said was most interesting was a dramatic reduction in the "Anterless Buck Harvest." Those are one-and-a-half year old deer that have small spikes, however their antlers have not reached the 3-inch minimum to legally qualify as an "Antlered Buck." ...
    If you hunt deer, read this January 20, 2016 Tennessee, Wilson Post
... Statewide, hunters killed approximately 166,000 deer this year compared to about 165,000 last year... After implementing the two buck limit due to hunter pressure, the racked and button buck kill went up, not down... The doe kill went up 7,199 and the buck fawn kill dropped 7,560... [?]

Job Posted, Wildlife Biologist 3 – Statewide Deer Coordinator: Tennessee January 16, 2016 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board
... Work involves planning, conducting, and interpreting biological studies; developing and coordinating statewide program activities; and giving consultation to regional personnel on specific programs...

Deer season shivers to an end January 14, 2016 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
...The tally for the 2013 season was approximately 168,000. In 2014 it dropped to 165,000. I expect 2015 will show another decline... Tennessee's buck limit was reduced from three to two this past season, but that probably didn't drastically affect the harvest total. TWRA surveys showed that relatively few hunters were taking three bucks in the past...

Stories Of Wildlife In The Mountains Continue To Abound January 9, 2016 Tennessee, Greeneville Sun
... Elk, too, once roamed in what is today Greene County. The much larger cousin of the white-tailed deer is back and thriving in sections of western North Carolina, but no immediate plans call for elk re-introduction in the county's mountain community...

TWRA closes area in west Tenn. to deer hunting for 2 days January 7, 2016 Tennessee, Memphis Commercial Appeal
... done to protect deer affected by the flooding along the Mississippi River in northwest Tennessee...  the season should be closed in the defined area to protect the deer that are confined to high spots ...

... Upon recommendation from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the commission voted  to close all lands, both private and public, to deer hunting ... deer being stranded on high ground ...

Successful deer season winds down December 31, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle
... more than 145,500 deer have been taken so far this year, approximately 250 fewer than the same period last year... young hunters will get the final shot of the season with a Young Sportsman deer hunt set for Jan. 9–10 ...

Tellico Village community debates merits of deer control December 26, 2015 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel
... studies indicate his neighborhood has approximately 400 deer — six times greater than the density recommended by wildlife biologists based on the community's habitat and housing density ... Bill Orcutt, who has owned property ... said the deer aren't a serious problem ... Wildlife are a huge attraction to a great number of people ...John Cherry, public relations manager for Tellico Village, said ... deer overpopulation doesn't appear to be a pervasive problem ...

Another eastern-moving mountain lion confirmed December 15, 2015 Tennessee, PennLive.com... A female mountain lion that may have originated in the Black Hills of South Dakota has been confirmed as roaming the mountains of Tennessee, according to the Cougar Network...

Every year the same complaints about decline in deer December 5, 2015 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel
... Some hunters say they are going to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission and ask for more restrictions on antlerless hunts. Others believe coyotes are to blame. Some think its subdivisions and strip malls that have wiped out prime deer habitat ...

Hunting season moves into high gear November 28, 2015 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
...Overall, the statewide deer harvest was 89,018 deer tagged through Nov. 25, 63 days into the season, which will close on Jan. 10 with a late-season youth hunt. The current deer harvest includes 43,382 antlered deer, 4,314 button bucks, 2,528 antlerless bucks and 38,794 does.  The harvest is 5.5 percent lower than the same period last year ...


Weather to blame for drop in deer harvest November 19, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean
...  the current harvest of 54,488 is 9,439 fewer deer than at the same point heading into gun season in 2014-15... plenty of time for the harvest to catch up to last year when a total of 164,869 deer were killed...

Radnor Lake, Deer in the 'Hood' November 13, 2015 Tennessee, FOX17 
... the couple is here Thursday, soaking in wildlife , especially deer... Heydweiller says, "It's amazing their beautiful ... Markham says, “Deer were here a long time ago and we're developing more and more and more and moving out to where they were. They’re coming back with us a lot and learning how to adapt." ...      

Nearly 10,000 deer killed in first muzzeleloader weekend November 11, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... A total of 9,817 deer were harvested across the state on the opening weekend of muzzleloader season Saturday and Sunday ...

Deer rutting period is ideal time for hunters November 7, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle
... Deer have a light-sensitive gland at the base of their brains known as the pineal gland. It serves as a “third eye” that controls their reproductive cycle through a process known as photoperiodism.  As days get shorter during the autumn, less light is gathered through the deer’s eyes, which activates the pineal gland and the urge to reproduce...

TWRA asks hunters to bring deer to checkpoints November 4, 2015 Tennessee, WBIR-TV
... The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is asking hunters to help them out by bringing any deers they hunt on the opening day of hunting season to a checkpoint...

Youth deer hunt harvest lower than expected November 4, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle 
...  young hunters harvested 5,756 deer, including 2,433 antlered deer, 402 button bucks, 69 antlerless bucks and 2,852 does ... the second lowest recorded over the past 10 years; the record harvest was set in 2006 ...

Muzzleloading season opens Saturday October 31, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle
... Muzzleloading hunting has been one of the fastest-growing segments of the state’s hunting programs over the last decade. Blackpowder hunters harvested more than 45,280 deer last year during the blackpowder season ...

Lack of acorns promises to change fall hunts October 27, 2015 Tennessee, Independent Herald
... Typically, deer don’t return to cut-over corn fields, winter wheat fields, turnip patches and the like until December, once the acorn supply has been exhausted. In recent weeks, though, numerous hunters have commented on the number of deer they are seeing in green fields and other open spaces...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast October 21, 2015 Tennessee, Game & Fish
... southern middle Tennessee county known for its impressive whitetail harvest is Lincoln County. With similar habitat qualities as Giles, the rolling wooded hills complemented by agricultural practices only intensifies whitetails abilities to thrive...

Two-buck limit is good move October 20, 2015 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
... The biggest change in this fall's hunting regulations is the reduction of the limit on bucks from three to two ... On private property the landowner, of course, has a right to decide what size deer can be taken...

Bowhunters score with deer and turkey October 17, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle
...  7,035 deer have been tagged, including 2,088 antlered bucks, 293 button bucks, 28 antlerless bucks and 4,626 does. Compared with last year, when 8,277 deer were harvested during the first two weeks of the season, the harvest this year is down approximately 15 percent...

A realistic look at Wilson deer management October 15, 2015 Tennessee, Wilson Post ·
...  overall, these are the good old days of deer hunting in Wilson County. Forty years ago, just to see a deer in Wilson County was something you talked about. Today, it is only uncommon when you see one walk around the Lebanon town square and even that, is no big deal...

Elk restoration has been success October 14, 2015 Tennessee, The Hartsville Vidette
... The TWRA received 9,285 applications for the four drawn tags, about average participation during the Elk Hunt's history... The fifth tag that was auctioned on eBay went to a North Carolina hunter who made a winning bid of $11,101 ...

Using bait for hunting is illegal, damaging October 10, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle 
... Although hunters in nearby Kentucky are allowed to hunt deer over bait, the practice is illegal in Tennessee ... the animals become concentrated at feeding sites, which can increase their exposure to diseases ...

Mountain lion report sparks concern October 7, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle
... Deer hunting could get interesting in Tennessee if a recent report from West Tennessee is verified... there have been confirmed reports of the big cats in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas and as far east as Connecticut...

... the absolute authority on such sightings - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency biologists - have never, ever documented or confirmed such sightings, until now...  This animal was as long as a deer, which proved it wasn't a housecat. We had it analyzed and experts tell us it's not photoshopped...

Bowhunters have good opening weekend September 30, 2015 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... The unofficial weekend harvest was 2,504 deer, but the final number may be higher as additional harvest tags are reported. In 2014, the official opening weekend harvest was 2,768 deer...

Hendersonville, Deer overpopulation a growing problem in Hendersonville September 25, 2015 Tennessee, WSMV 
... “We thought we had plenty of deer for a hunt, and the USDA declined,” said Oliver Barry, chairman of the Hendersonville Deer Committee... official data shows there are now just under 20 deer per square mile in Hendersonville. In some parts of the city, that number is much higher...

Hendersonville, Committee considers deer feeding ban September 24, 2015 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... Hendersonville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen failed to fund a controversial proposal to cull the city’s urban deer herd with the use of lethal force, a new committee is poised to recommend a ban on feeding deer within the city’s limits...  the survey showed the city’s deer population to be at around 19 deer per square mile ....

Archery deer season opens Saturday September 19, 2015 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle 
... The statewide season bag limit for antlered deer is two deer, with no more than one antlered deer per day. An antlered deer is one with at least one antler 3 inches in length or longer.  With a one-buck-per-day limit ...

Tennessee Deer Forecast for 2015 September 16, 2015 Game & Fish
... The most liberal hunting region — Unit L — is home to the densest deer population in the state... The majority of this region contains rolling hills of forested land, creek and river bottoms, and agriculture, making it ideal for whitetails... Currently the whitetail population hovers around the 1 million mark and, according to TWRA studies, it should continue increasing one to two percent for the next several years...

... The odds drivers will hit a deer in Tennessee are 1 out of 170, just below the national odds of 1 in 169...

Local men try to save drowning deer September 15, 2015 Tennessee, Cordele Dispatch
... they see a Buck Deer swimming in circles... after several minutes they corralled him up forcing him to shore. The buck ran up on the bank about 100 yards exhausted turned around ran back and jumped in the water swimming back out to the same point... Possibly followed a doe into the water and she drowned and that’s why he swam in circles out there in the same spot...


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...

Tennessee Data: TWRA estimates 950,000 deer in 2015 and 2014, expected one to two percent growth in the near future.  Harvest data for 2013 indicated a decline in population. 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.  Peak of the rut is around November 20.
    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.
    About 400 Elk in 2015 after a restocking effort.  Plentiful in 1783, as reported by road surveyors, by the 1820's they were gone from the middle of the state, western herds soon followed.

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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