Youth deer harvest yields high numbers
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 3:02 pm
NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s youth hunters posted a slight increase over 2010 after a busy weekend of deer hunting across the state in the Young Sportsman Hunt.
The youth hunters (ages 6-16) harvested 8,831 deer, an increase of 13 deer over the same weekend last year. It is also an increase of 629 over the 2009 totals as reported by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
For the second straight year, Giles County was the top county for the youth hunt with 284, also an increase of 13 from its 271 total of last year. Weakley County was again second with 234 and Fayette County moved to third from fourth from a year ago with 226. Henry County was close behind in fourth. Lawrence and Hardeman County each surpassed the 200-harvest number with 202 and 201, respectively.
Rounding out the top 10 harvest counties were Carroll and Montgomery 177, Maury 171, and Madison 161. The second designated Young Sportsman Hunt will be Jan. 7-8, 2012.
In other area counties, Obion County had 143 reported, while Gibson County had 123, Dyer County had 44 and Lake County had 27.
Tennessee’s Muzzle-loader Deer Season opens on Saturday and goes through Nov. 18 in all three of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the TWRA.
The statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is three. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per day.
Published in The Messenger 11.4.11