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TN DEER SEASON 2014
DEER HARVEST OFF TO SLUGGISH START
Since last Saturday’s opener of the archery deer season harvest figures
across the state indicate a sluggish start. No doubt the hot and dry
weather since opening day has been a factor.
Many local hunters have been waiting on cooler weather before going to
the woods. It appears a cool snap will drastically change things by this
weekend and drop temperatures in the aftermath of some overdue rain.
It should feel more like deer season by this weekend as climbing up to
the treestand without sweating will improve the overall atmosphere.
Both hunters and anglers have been hoping for a break in the weather as
temperatures have been 10 to 12 degrees above average for quite some
time. And, a little rain is long overdue.
A check of the statewide harvest at midweek indicated Volunteer State
hunters had taken 3,602 among the state’s 95 counties. Locally, Henry
County hunters had checked in only 46 deer at midweek.
Area counties were also showing low numbers as hunters in Benton County
had only checked in eight deer while other counties such as Carroll had
shown a total of 41. Neighboring Stewart County fared better as hunters
there had chalked up 55 deer while Weakley County’s total stood at 37.
The weather change will likely stimulate movement in the days ahead as
deer can really sense the low pressure preceding a cool front so watch
for harvest numbers to increase dramatically.
The first segment of archery season runs through October 24 and only
pauses for two days when the first of two young sportsman’s deer hunt
arrives October 25-26. Archery season resumes on October 27.
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.