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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.



    The 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.

    In most 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 websites.

1)  Select "Tools"

2)   Select "Internet Options"

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)

    Sportsmen 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 check station.

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.



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