The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2018-19 season is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 27-28.
Youngsters ages 6-16 years old may participate. Participants can use gun, muzzleloader and archery equipment.
Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, age 21 or older, who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.
Archery season began in the state on Sept. 22 and the first segment ends Oct. 26, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery-only season is Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Muzzleloader/archery season starts Nov. 3.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency makes the recommendation that all hunters obtain a 2018-19 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guide is available on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org and where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
In 2017, youth hunters harvested a total of 6,418 deer during the first weekend. It was an increase of 564 from the 2016 total.
WATERFOWL COMMENTS SOUGHT
The TWRA is soliciting comments for its 2019-20 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting regulations, including sandhill cranes. This is an opportunity for the public to provide ideas and share concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff. The comment period is open through Nov. 30.
Waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting seasons are proposed to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its January meeting and voted upon at its February meeting.
Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2019-20 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Waterfowl Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.
DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET
The Paris-Henry County Ducks Unlimited chapter will have its annual membership banquet on Nov. 3. This year’s dinner and auction will be at the Paris Convention Center, 1510 E. Wood St.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale from committee members. A single ticket is $50 and couple is $75. Greenwing will be admitted free with a paying adult. Sponsor level donors are $250 and couple is $275.
For additional information, contact Michael Culley at 731-336-3866 or Ethan Lee at 731-415-3999.
QUAIL/RABBIT SEASONS APPROACH
Tennessee’s small game hunters can take to the woods and fields on Nov. 3. That’s the opening day for quail and rabbit seasons. Both seasons have wide windows of opportunity as they run all the way through Feb. 29, 2019.
Daily bag limits are the same as last year with five daily for rabbit hunters and six daily for quail hunters.
Oct. 26 — Archery deer season closes and turkey season closes.
Oct. 27-28 — Young sportsman deer hunt.
Oct. 29 — Archery deer season reopens.
Nov. 2 — Archery deer season closes.
Nov. 3 — Paris-Henry County Ducks Unlimited banquet, Paris Convention Center, 1510 E. Wood St.
Nov. 3 — Muzzleloader season opens.
Nov. 3 — Quail and rabbit seasons open.