Tennessee Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

One of the most traditional states in the country also offers some truly exciting hunting seasons. Tennessee offers one of the longest deer hunting seasons in the country.

For Tennessee deer hunting, the statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is two per season, and one per day. Legal bucks must have antlers a minimum of three inches in length; anything less than three inches is considered antlerless under Tennessee hunting regulations. It is unlawful to hunt or trap any albino deer in Tennessee.

In addition to deer hunts, Tennessee also offers a wide variety of small game and turkey hunting with a lot of year round hunting options.

In addition to hunting, Tennessee also has a trapping season for many small game animals. License information can be obtained online or at any authorized seller within the state.

Deer Seasons

Archery (includes crossbow)

Sept. 22-Oct. 27
Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Muzzleloader and Archery

Nov. 4-17

Gun, Muzzleloader, and Archery

Nov. 18-Jan. 7

Young Sportsman

Oct. 28-29
Jan. 13-14

Tennessee deer seasons are managed by hunting units. Specific season dates may vary by your particular region. For more information, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website.

Turkey Season

Fall Archery Sept. 23-Oct. 27
Oct. 30-Nov. 3
Fall Firearms/Archery Oct. 14-27
Spring General Season Mar. 31-May 13

Trapping Seasons 

Beaver, Coyote, Groundhog Year Round

No Limit

Bobcat, Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Skunk,
Raccoon, Opossum, Otter, Weasel
Nov. 18-Feb. 28

No Limit

Small Game Seasons – WMA Seasons

Squirrel (fox, red, gray)

Aug. 26-Feb. 28


Spring Squirrel (2016)

May 12-June. 10



Nov. 4-Feb. 28



Nov. 4-Feb. 28



Nov. 4-Feb. 28


Dove* (opens noon Sep. 1)

Sep. 1-Sep. 28
Oct. 14-Nov. 5
Dec. 8-Jan. 15


Canada Goose

Sept. 1-15


*No limit on collared dove. Doves not readily identifiable as collared doves count toward mourning dove bag limit.