The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2021-22 season will be held the weekend of October 30-31. Youth ages 6-16 may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment.

Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 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 September 25 and the first segment ends October. 29, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery only season is Monday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 5. Muzzleloader/archery season starts November 6. In Unit CWD, gun/muzzleloader/archery season begins November 6. The statewide gun/muzzleloader/archery season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which this year is November 20.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recommends that all hunters obtain a 2021-22 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,, the TWRA App, and where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

TFWC sets 2022-24 Sport Fish regulations at October meeting

Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2022-24 sport fish regulations at its October 2-day meeting, which concluded Friday at Lone Oaks Farm.

Several changes were made to sport fish regulations. A few major changes include the addition of a 10-inch minimum length limit for crappie on Reelfoot Lake, a reduced crappie creel limit on Barkley Reservoir from 30 to 20 fish, 15 fish creel limit on yellow perch on Chilhowee and Parksville reservoirs, and the addition of a delayed harvest season for trout on Big Soddy Creek.

In other agenda items, results of the 2021 spring turkey hunter survey were presented and included an estimated 91,000 hunters harvested 53,650 turkeys. An update on the progress of duck blind building/brush was given and will be completed by the opening of the early waterfowl hunting season.

The Boating and Law Enforcement Division made a presentation regarding TWRA’s response to the August flood in Waverly/Humphreys County. TWRA wildlife officers participated in the search, recovery, and cleanup efforts due to the devasting flood.

The Wildlife and Forestry Division introduced its annual statewide award winners to the commission. Brian Chandler, Statewide Forestry Coordinator, is Biologist of the Year. Andy Lively from AEDC Wildlife Management Area is Wildlife Technician of the Year.

Pamela Stanfield received a special recognition award for her work in TWRA’s 2020 CWD Communication Campaign. Association for Conservation Information awarded TWRA a national first place award in the Education Division. A resident of Jackson, she helped with the design on several of the signs and graphics on several occasions.

Three retiring TWRA staffers were recognized in their final commission meeting before their upcoming retirements. Lt. Col. Cape Taylor and Capt. Walter Cook from Boating and Law Enforcement and Mark Gudlin, Habitat Program manager, are leaving after their long-time service to the agency.