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TN DEER SEASON 2015-16
Henry County’s archery hunters checked in a total of 27 deer on the
opening weekend of bow season. The unofficial number taken statewide last
weekend stood at 2,548.
During the opening weekend of the 2014 deer archery-only season, 2,764
deer were harvested statewide. Other recent opening weekend totals have
been 3,076 in 2013, 3,128 in 2012, 2,811 in 2011 and 2,404 in 2010.
Hunters are hoping for some cooler weather soon but did get the rain they
asked for earlier in the week. At midweek Henry County’s deer total stood
at 40 since season opened last Saturday.
ARCHERY DEER SEASON OPENS
Volunteer State deer hunters take to the woods as the statewide archery
season opens. The fourth Saturday in September is the traditional
opening day for archery season in Tennessee.
For the last few weeks bow hunters have been fine tuning their equipment
and honing their aim. Practicing helps get the bugs out, so to speak,
before pulling the string on the real thing once season opens.
Wise are the hunters who spend several afternoons shooting their bow
down in the field or back yard at still targets. Local archery shops
have been busy helping hunters get ready and setting up their bow with
all the accessories or perhaps performing repairs.
Hunters were hoping for some cool, crisp morning to kick start the
season. It appears the weekend will offer a little cooler temperatures
with increased chances of rain, although no heavy downpours are in the
forecast at this time.
Soon frosty mornings will arrive and really stimulate deer fever. And,
the foliage will begin to diminish and the seed ticks will go elsewhere.
Deer have been on the move lately so here’s hoping you get the season
started on a good note.
NATIONAL HUNT/FISH DAY
Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal
supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were
the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of
wildlife were threatening the future of many species.
Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early
conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial
slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game,
created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting
equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These
actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation
model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most
dramatic conservation successes of all time.
Populations of white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks
and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated
During the next half-century, in addition to the funds they contributed
for conservation and their diligent watch over the returning health of
America’s outdoors, sportsmen worked countless hours to protect and
improve millions of acres of vital habitat—lands and waters for the use
and enjoyment of everyone.
In the 1960s, hunters and anglers embraced the era's heightened
environmental awareness but were discouraged that many people didn't
understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played-and continue to
play-in the conservation movement.
On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of
National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, "I urge all citizens to join
with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in
insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."
By late summer, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by
proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing
Day. The response was dramatic.
National, regional, state and local organizations staged some 3,000
"open house" hunting- and fishing-related events everywhere from
shooting ranges to suburban frog ponds, providing an estimated four
million Americans with a chance to experience, understand and appreciate
traditional outdoor sports.
Over the years, National Hunting and Fishing Day boasted many more
public relations successes, assisted by celebrities who volunteered to
help spotlight the conservation accomplishments of sportsmen and women.
Honorary chairs have included George Bush, Tom Seaver, Hank Williams
Jr., Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, George Brett, Robert Urich, Ward
Burton, Louise Mandrell, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Jeff Foxworthy and
many other sports and entertainment figures.
National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of
every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever
undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.
HENRY COUNTY THIRD IN STATEWIDE DEER HARVEST 2014-15
Tennessee’s deer season looks to have been a pretty good one across the
state as unofficial figures this week showed hunters checked in a total
of 164,650 this year.
Last weekend’s second special Young Sportsman’s Deer Hunt for youngsters
ages 6-16 years of age ended on a decent note and that brought the
official end to deer season that started way back on the fourth Saturday
in September when archery kicked it off.
Henry County deer hunters fared well again this year. Harvest figures
showed Henry ranked third among the state’s 95 counties as hunters here
checked in 4,444 deer.
Giles County took the top spot this year with a total of 5,239.
ON-LINE HARVEST INSTRUCTIONS
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides several methods for hunters
to report their big game harvests. Recently some hunters have reported
problems when using their personal computer to report a harvest. TWRA is
offering the following instructions for those persons experiencing
time-out issues when accessing the TWRA’s online harvest reporting system.
cases, the issues are connected to the internet browser on your computer
and can be resolved by following the steps below. (The specific
instructions are based on Internet Explorer because it is the State of
Tennessee standard). However, if a different browser is utilized such as
Firefox or Chrome, the persons will need to accomplish the same task, but
will need to refer to specific instructions posted on those manufacturer
3) Delete all
cookies and temporary internet files
4) Open a new
browser tab and manually type in GOTWRA.ORG (do not use the saved link
from a previous session)
are reminded that big game harvests can also be checked in on the TWRA
mobile app from a smart phone or tablet and in person at a traditional
Steve McCadams is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing
area. He has also contributed many outdoor oriented articles to
various national publications.