Tennessee sees declining numbers from opening weekend for fourth consecutive year.
Opening weekend of deer season always brings with it some renewed excitement to get into the woods. Hunters hit the tree stands and ground blinds across the U.S. in the last few weeks for each state’s local opening weekend. Harvest reports so far are across the board, some higher than expected and others lower.
Tennessee is one of the states posting poor harvest numbers from opening weekend. For the past four years, the state has seen a steady decline in the number of deer harvested during the state’s opening weekend of archery season. Opening weekend of the 2016 season saw a reported 1,794 deer harvested. This is 730 fewer deer than the same weekend last year. The 2014 harvest results were 2,764 and opening weekend of the 2013 season saw 3,076 deer reported.
Sullivan and Sumner counties led the harvest totals, delivering 62 and 52 reported kills respectively. Rounding out the top five counties include Hawkins, Carter, and Roane.
The first Tennessee archery season runs until October 28th. A second season runs from October 31 – November 4, after which the state opens up hunting for muzzle loader and, later in November, a gun season.