Where Scott County hunters are concerned, there will be few changes to Tennessee’s 2019-2020 hunting seasons.
Scott and all surrounding counties will remain in Unit B for deer management purposes, with bag limits remaining the same as last year. Counties in Unit B include: Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Claiborne, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Jackson, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren and White.
Archery season will begin September 28 and continue through November 9, with the exception of October 26-27, which will be set aside for the state’s young sportsmen’s hunt. The antlerless bag limit during the archery hunt is four deer.
There will also be a special, buck-only archery hunt from August 23-25. The three-day hunt is limited to private lands.
Muzzleloader season begins November 9 and continues through November 22. The antlerless limit is two deer.
Gun season opens November 23 and continues through January 5. The antlerless limit is one deer.
The antlerless limit during the young sportsman’s hunt is two deer.
The antlered limit is two deer for the entire year, not to exceed one per day.
While there are no real changes to the deer hunts on the Cumberland Plateau, there are some significant changes in southwest Tennessee, due to last year’s discovery of chronic wasting disease.
The state has established a new CWD unit that includes Chester, Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Madison, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton counties. CWD has been identified in Madison, Fayette and Hardeman counties, while the remaining counties are deemed high-risk counties.
The antlerless bag limit will be three per day throughout each hunting season in Unit CWD, which are open the same dates as the remainder of the state. TWRA is also offering an Earn-A-Buck program and a Replacement Buck program in Unit CWD. The Earn-A-Buck program offers hunters in the affected counties a third and fourth buck tag, after they harvest two antlerless deer and submit them for CWD testing. The Replacement Buck program offers hunters a replacement buck tag if they harvest a CWD-positive buck.
The bear season will also be unchanged. Zone BHZ4, which includes Scott, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett and Cumberland counties, is open for archery equipment only, from September 28-October 25.
In Scott County, bear hunting is permitted only west of U.S. Hwy. 27, and only on private lands; the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is closed to bear hunting.
The limit is one bear. Cubs, or sows with a cub by their side, are off-limits during the hunt. A cub is defined as any bear weighing less than 75 pounds.
The use of dogs is prohibited in BHZ4.
As has been the case in recent years, there will be no official hog hunting season in Tennessee, though the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area is open to hog hunting during any big game hunt. In the Big South Fork NRRA, wild hogs can be harvested with a special permit during any deer hunting season, or through February 28 after the deer hunts have ended.