What is the legal age to hunt alone in Tennessee?

Persons under the age of 10 do not require a hunter education certificate, and may hunt only if they are under the direct supervision* of an adult who is at least 21 years of age. The Apprentice Hunting License is available for Tennessee residents 10 years of age and older.

Can you hunt on your own land in Tennessee?

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, anyone hunting on private land must have permission from the landowner and, in some circumstances, the permission must be in writing and in the possession of the hunter.

Game species in Tennessee include:

  • Big game including white-tailed deer, bear, elk and turkey.
  • Small game including woodcock, rails, coot, snipe and crow.
  • Waterfowl and other migratory game birds including ducks, geese, dove and sandhill cranes.
  • Furbearers including beaver, bobcat, fox, minc, and coyote among others.

Can you hunt on your own property without a license in Tennessee?

If you are you do not need a license to hunt on your own property. If you are not then you need a non-resident license to hunt in TN, even if on your own property. That being said you still must comply with the TN laws pertaining to season and harvest regulations.

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Big Game Legal Hunting Equipment

Firearm, hunting device and ammunition Deer Bear
Rifles and handguns using centerfire ammunition (full metal jacketed ammunition prohibited) Yes Yes
Muzzleloading firearms (rifles and handguns) .36 caliber or larger Yes7 Yes7
Muzzleloading firearms (rifles and handguns) less than .36 caliber No No

Can a game warden go on private property in Tennessee?

To enforce hunting and fishing regulations, the short answer is: Yes. There is something called the Open Fields Doctrine. Wildlife Officers in Tennessee (and most states) can enter onto fields and forests, even if privately owned, if they have reason to believe hunting or fishing is taking place.

Do you have to wear orange on private property in TN?

All big game hunters with firearms must wear at least 500 square inches of Hunter Orange on a head covering and an outer garment above the waist, visible front and back. (Exception: turkey hunters during gun hunts proclaimed by the commission and those hunting on their own property.)

What birds are illegal to kill in Tennessee?

Species that are not protected by state and federal laws in Tennessee include European Starling, House Sparrow (English Sparrow), Rock Pigeon or Rock Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Ring-necked Pheasants and other released game birds not native to Tennessee, Muscovy Ducks, Mute Swan, Chinese Geese, and other domestic …

(a) (1) It is lawful for any person to chase coons with dogs at any season of the year, but no coon shall be killed or taken except during open season for killing or taking of coons, as may be prescribed by the wildlife resources commission or other body possessing the power to regulate open and closed seasons for game …

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(2) Shotguns loaded with single ball or slug ammunition are prohibited for hunting all wildlife except deer, bear, and wild hogs except as follows: Coyotes and bobcats may be taken by big game hunters while hunting big game with any legal big game weapon or ammunition.

How many rounds can you hunt with in Tennessee?

(2) No person shall hunt migratory game birds, except crows, with a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three (3) shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three (3) shells.

How many deer can you kill in TN?

The statewide bag limit for antlered bucks in Tennessee is three (3), except a hunter may take no more than two (2) antlered bucks from Unit B. No more than 1 antlered deer may be taken per day.

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