NASHVILLE --- Tennessee’s 2008-09 deer hunting seasons will conclude with the Young Sportsman Deer Hunt to be held the weekend of Jan. 17-18. Only youth (ages 6-16) may participate in the Young Sportsman Hunt, regardless of whether they possess a junior or adult license.
Bag limits allow for either-sex hunting in all units. In Unit A, the antlerless limit is two for the hunt while in Unit L the antlerless limit is three per day. In Unit B the bag limit is one deer of either-sex. Tennessee is divided into three deer units. (A map identifying Units A, B, and L can be found on pages 22-23 of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's 2008 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide).
Antlered deer that are taken during the Young Sportsman Hunt count toward the statewide antlered deer bag limit. If a youth in Unit A or L has already taken three antlered deer this year, he or she would only be allowed antlerless deer on this hunt. A youth in Unit B that has already taken two antlered deer in Unit B could only take one antlerless deer.
Each youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older, who does not need a license, but also must wear 500-square inches of fluorescent orange.
Youth hunters ages 10-16 need a TWRA Hunter Education card along with the appropriate license where applicable. Hunters, ages 6-9, are not required to possess a hunter education card or license (these youth must have their Social Security number to check out a deer).
For those youth hunters, age 10 and older, who have not taken the TWRA Hunter Education course, the apprentice license is available.
The apprentice license exempts a hunter, 10 or older who falls within the hunter education requirement, from having to complete the mandatory TWRA Hunter Education course for the current license year.
The apprentice license (Type 12) may be purchased for $11 at any hunting and fishing license agent. The license is valid from the date of purchase through the last day of February. This license may only be purchased once in the lifetime of the hunter.
While hunting, the apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21, who is hunter education certified or otherwise exempt from the law. In addition to the apprentice license, the hunter must have other applicable licenses and permits.
For more information about the Young Sportsman hunt, refer to the Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all license agents or on the TWRA Web site. (The icon is located on the lower portion of the home page.)