The state’s long and liberal deer season is fast drawing to a close. The final segment of the regular gun, muzzleloader and archery season ends Sunday.

Deer hunters still have several opportunities even after the regular season ends. A five-day season will be held from Monday through Jan. 10 on private lands only and it is an antlerless-only hunt.

Hunters still have ample time to put more venison in the freezer or perhaps donate it to someone.



Each season Tennessee offers two special youth deer hunts. The first is held prior to the opening of the regular gun season and the second and final hunt is held after the regular season ends.

This year’s final youth hunt will be held Jan. 11-12. Youth hunts are open to children ages 6-16 who must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult age 21 or older.



Tennessee’s third and final segment ends Jan. 15. The first segment of the three-segment season started way back on Sept. 1.

Although not many hunters participate in the late season segment, it can be good if you locate a concentration of birds feeding in harvested corn fields or around feed lots.



Turkey hunters are reminded the deadline to apply for spring quota turkey hunts on Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife management area land is nearing. Mark your calendar for Jan. 15.

You must apply at a TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online. 

You may submit an application, view your priority point status and edit your application (until the deadline) by visiting

You will need to provide your date of birth, last name, and one of the following: driver’s license, last four digits of your Social Security Number, or TWRA ID number. You may edit your application online until the deadline.

If you have any problems while applying call 615-781-6621 during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). No application will be accepted or changed after the deadline. 

For additional information, log onto



The TWRA is now accepting entries for its 2020-21 photo contest for publication in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar issue. 

All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating and wildlife species native to Tennessee.

The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife, which is the summer issue. 

If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60.

Photographers must submit their photo entries by the March 21 deadline. Photos must be horizontal (landscape), in JPEG format, and submitted on a CD. They must be sized to print no smaller than 8-1/2-by-11-inches and resolution should be at least 300 pixels per inch.

If photographers wish to submit online, use this link:



Sunday — Gun/muzzleloader/archery season ends.

Monday to Jan. 10 — Private land only antlerless deer hunt.

Jan. 11-12 — Young sportsmen’s deer hunt.

Jan. 15 — Dove seasons end.

Jan. 15 — WMA spring quota turkey hunt application deadline.

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