Important Hunting Regulations to Keep in Mind:

  • All deer and turkey hunters must report their harvest using Game Check and have a deer/turkey harvest record in their possession.
  • Individuals hunting on private lands of another must have written permission from the landowner, with a few exceptions.
  • Legal hunting hours for deer are from 30 minutes before official sunrise time until 30 minutes after official sunset time.
  • All necessary hunting and fishing licenses, as well as waterfowl stamps, must be in possession when hunting or fishing.
  • Hunter orange requirement and open permit definitions on public land can be found in the Wildlife Management Area Permit, which also provides special rules and regulations and seasons before hunting State Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Parties controlling hunting rights may impose more restrictive seasons and bag limits than those stipulated.
  • Hunting with the aid of bait is prohibited on public lands, including Wildlife Management Areas, State-owned or -leased public hunting lands, United States Forest Service lands, Tennessee Valley Authority lands, and lands owned or managed by the Corps of Engineers, as well as on public and private lands within the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Control and Surveillance Zone.

Deer Hunting Regulations:

Antlered Bucks:

Deer with one or more antlers visible above the natural hairline are allowed to be hunted statewide, with a limit of one per day.

White-Tailed Buck Limit:

The limit is three per hunter during all combined seasons, with the provision that one of the three must have at least 4 antler points 1” or longer on one antler (except for Barbour County).



Barbour County has an antler restriction, requiring antlered bucks to have a minimum of three points on one side. However, this is different during the statewide special youth deer hunting dates when any antlered buck may be taken.
Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Bonus Buck – One per hunter during all combined bonus buck hunt dates will be allowed to be harvested from a select collection of WMA’s on specific hunt dates depicted on the WMA map permits that will not count towards the hunter's State three buck limit. Must be validated at WMA check station by WFF personnel.

Unantlered Deer

During the Unantlered Deer Gun, Special Muzzleloader, Bow and Arrow, and Special Youth (under 16) Seasons, one unantlered deer may be taken per day in addition to one antlered buck per day. Selected areas have a limit of one deer per day on U.S. Forest Service Lands.

Special Youth (Under 16) Deer Hunting Information:

Special Youth deer hunting is allowed statewide, including all privately owned, leased lands, and open permit – public lands (except Wildlife Management Areas) in Zones A, B, C, and CMZ from November 10–13, and in Zones D & E from October 27–30. Dog hunting is allowed in counties or parts of counties during these dates and under the conditions set for the regular dog deer hunting season.

The same legal arms and ammunition rules apply as in the regular Deer season, as per Rule 220-2-.119. Detailed information about youth deer hunting dates and other related information can be found in the current Wildlife Management Area Permits.


Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone (CMZ):

All deer season dates and bag limits in the CMZ with the exception of Wildlife Management Areas and community hunting areas are the same as those listed for Zone A.

See Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone Rule 220-2-.167 for CWD sampling requirements, restrictions on transport and disposal of deer carcasses and heads, restrictions on feeding and baiting of wildlife, and other applicable requirements and restrictions for CWD Management.

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