TENNESSEE DEER REGISTRY STARTS
There has been a new category added to the Tennessee Deer Registry,
according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). This new
category separates the muzzleloader harvests from gun harvests, giving
muzzleloader harvested deer a better chance to get into the registry.
The Tennessee deer season is split into three main categories; archery,
muzzleloader, and gun season. Historically, the Tennessee Registry
combined all deer harvested by either a muzzleloader or a modern gun
into the “Gun” category. Due to the fact that a muzzleloader’s effective
range is greater than archery equipment yet less than a modern firearm,
the minimum score requirement will fall in-between these two historic
categories. Therefore, the new minimum entry requirements for a
muzzleloader harvest will be: 125 Typical and 150 Non-Typical.
The Tennessee Registry is an ongoing database of some of our best
scoring deer of all time. With our new interactive system, you can now
see how your deer matches up with other deer in your county, or with
your choice of equipment, or even how it ranks on the all-time statewide
records list. Need help finding an official scorer? No problem… find
contact information for scorers near you. Need help getting a rough
score on your latest kill? No problem… simply use our do-it-yourself
score sheet to get a rough estimate. Want to see pictures or read
stories about some of our best harvested deer in Tennessee? No
problem…our website (http://www.tennregistry.com/ ) is designed so
registry entrants can now share their stories with the rest of the
If you have a record deer that was harvested with a muzzleloader prior
to 2009, and is listed in the Registry as a “Gun” kill, please send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the corrected information or call
Daryl Ratajczak at 615-781-6615.
Or if you had a muzzleloader harvested deer measured some time in the
past and it missed the registry by measuring less than the minimum 140
for gun harvests but more than 125, contact your TWRA regional office to
schedule a time to have it re-measured.
In addition to the Tennessee Registry, there are other organizations
that keep national records on big game animals. Some of these
organizations do require a fee to enter your deer into their record
Although the Boone and Crockett Club records animals taken by any
archery, muzzleloader, or modern firearm, other organizations keep
records just for archery harvests or just muzzleloading rifle harvests.
The Pope and Young Club, for example, records animals taken exclusively
with archery equipment. Those minimum required measurements for
whitetail deer are 125 for typical and 155 for non-typical.
While muzzleloader hunters may record their harvests with the Boone and
Crockett Club, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association also
maintains a record book for muzzleloader harvests with a minimum score
of 130 for typical and 160 for non-typical.
Hunters may go to the programs section of this web site to find a score
sheet. They can also “plug in” their measurements to see if their deer
comes close to the minimum score required for entry into any of the
So if you, or someone you know, has a “Wow!” deer hanging on the wall
that has not been scored contact your nearest TWRA regional office and
make an appointment to have it officially measured. It will provide the
TWRA with some important data about Tennessee’s deer herd and it just
might give you some bragging rights.