Tennessee sportsmen harvest more than 700 deer during velvet hunt



There were 761 deer harvested during Tennessee’s three-day velvet hunt of August 28-30.

Tennessee deer hunters harvested a total of 761 animals during the August deer hunt, which began August 28 and concluded August 30.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s relatively new hunt, which takes place on one extended weekend each year in late August, is intended to give archery hunters the opportunity to harvest a buck in velvet. However, the season has been expanded to allow hunters in the West Tennessee CWD Zone to harvest bucks with all legal weaponry.

This year’s harvest was up significantly from last year, when 602 deer were taken during the three-day hunt. That represents a 26% increase. However, it’s still fewer than the 805 deer harvested during the 2018 velvet hunt, which was the first year the hunt was held.

There were deer harvested in all 95 of Tennessee’s counties during the three-day hunt. Public lands are closed to hunting during the August hunt.

Not surprisingly, the largest harvest tallies came from within the CWD Zone, where rifles and muzzleloaders were allowed in addition to archery gear. There were 33 deer harvested in Fayette County, 30 in Madison County, 25 in Hardeman County, and 21 in McNairy County. Together, those four counties represented 14% of the statewide harvest during the three-day hunt.

Outside the CWD Zone, the largest harvest was in Sullivan County, in upper East Tennessee, where 24 deer were harvested. There were 22 deer harvested in Sumner County, northeast of Nashville, and 20 in Montgomery County, northwest of Nashville.

The next deer season to open will be the statewide archery season, on September 26.

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