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Tennessee Landowners Exemption
People, hunting or
fishing in Tennessee without a license under the landowner exemption law,
must carry proof that they qualify for the exemption, according to the
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
A law took effect last year that requires a Farmland Owner Exemption
Statement be completed and carried by the person hunting or fishing
without a license. The form must also be presented when checking big game
animals at a big game checking station.
The statement form can be found in the Tennessee Hunting
and Trapping Guide or picked up at the TWRA regional offices. It can also
be found on TWRA's Web Page at
The statement requires that the property be identified by county, map #,
parcel #, location, owner's name and address, and how the person qualifies
to hunt or fish without a license. The map # and parcel # can be found on
the property tax statement. Categories for license exemption are: owner of
the property, spouse of the owner, child of the owner, tenant residing on
the property, or dependent child of the tenant.
In order for anyone to hunt or fish on farmland without a license, the
land must be owned by one individual or a family (a family being husband
and wife, brothers and sisters, or parents and children). First cousins,
owning property together, and their children may hunt small game or fish
on their own property without a license.
To qualify as a tenant, the individual must receive compensation such as
free rent or money for acting either in the place of or at the direction
of the landowner in tending to the requirements needed to care for the
farmland. Tenants and their dependant children must actually reside on the
If you have questions about whether or not you qualify to hunt or fish
without a license, contact the nearest TWRA office.
is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing
area and host of The Outdoor Channel's television series IN-PURSUIT.