Tennessee Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Seasons

Overview of Season Dates and Bag Limits

Tennessee offers regulated seasons for various furbearer species, ensuring sustainable wildlife management. These seasons cover hunting and trapping activities for species like fox, mink, otter, and more.

Furbearer Season Details

Season Dates and Bag Limits

  1. Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Otter, Spotted Skunk, Weasel

    • Season: Nov 17, 2023 - Feb 29, 2024
    • Bag Limit: No limit
  2. Bobcat

    • Statewide: Nov 17, 2023 - Feb 29, 2024; 1 per day
    • Private Land: Sept 23, 2023 - Nov 16, 2023; 1 per day
  3. Armadillo, Beaver, Coyote, Groundhog, Striped Skunk

    • Season: Allowed year-round
    • Bag Limit: No limit
  4. Raccoon

    • Private Land: Sunset July 1, 2023 - Sunrise Sep 15, 2023; Nightly bag: 2
    • Statewide Season: Sunset Sep 15, 2023 - Sunrise March 15, 2024; Nightly bag: 4
    • Training Season: Year-round (no take permitted)

Additional Notes

  • Coyote Hunting: Open all year with no bag limit, reflecting their status as non-native and potentially problematic species.
  • Training Season for Raccoons: Provides opportunities for training hunting dogs without taking raccoons.
  • Sustainable Harvesting: These regulations are designed to balance the hunting and trapping of furbearers with ecological sustainability.
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