The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking comments for its 2020-21 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting regulations, including sandhill cranes. This is an opportunity for the public to provide ideas and share concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff. The comment period is open Oct. 21 – Dec. 2.
Due to changes in the timing of the federal regulation process, waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting seasons are now proposed to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its January meeting and voted upon at its February meeting.
Public comments will be considered as proposals for regulation changes. Email submissions to email@example.com. Include “Waterfowl Season Comments” on the subject line. For comments by postal mail, send to: 2020-21 Waterfowl Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204.
Have you been seeing or hearing more coyotes lately? This report from the biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission explains why. October and November are the months when young coyotes — those born in early spring — are leaving their parents’ territory to find a mate and establish their own territory. Young coyotes often travel with their siblings during this time and can travel long distances — upward of 300 miles before settling down into their own territories.
During these wanderings, their characteristic yipping, howling and barking often can be heard as they keep track of each other, as well as other coyotes whose territories they are passing through. Because of the hollow tone of the howl, two coyotes often sound like a huge group and may seem closer than they actually are.
Contrary to popular belief, a coyote howling does not mean it has just taken down prey, although some people do find their howls unnerving. Fortunately, hearing or seeing a coyote, even during the day, is usually no cause for alarm.
“Coyotes rarely attack humans,” said Falyn Owens, the agency’s extension biologist. “Coyotes are curious, but wary whenever they are near humans; however, they can become bold and habituated to humans if people feed them, either purposely or unintentionally.”
For this reason, Owens recommends that people follow several tips to keep coyotes, and other wildlife such as raccoons, from being attracted to their homes:
• Secure garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids; take trash out the morning of pickup.
• Keep bird seed off the ground and bird feeding areas clean.
• Remove fallen fruit from trees.
• Feed pets indoors or remove food when a pet is finished eating outside.
Because coyotes view outdoor cats and small, unleashed dogs as a potential food source, people should keep their pets inside, leashed or inside a dog-proof fence at all times.
By having no unnatural food attractants available, coyotes are more likely to stay wary of people and avoid them and their homes.
Additional tactics can help them actively avoid certain areas. “Hazing, or standing your ground and scaring the animal off can be a good way to ensure these wild animals develop or maintain a healthy fear of humans,” Owens said. “You can effectively intimidate a coyote by throwing small objects toward it, making loud noises, or spraying it with a water hose. Keep it up until the coyote leaves.”
Delta Waterfowl, “The Duck Hunters Organization”, has expanded its efforts to increase the dwindling number of waterfowlers. First, in 2003 DW began “First Hunt”, now the largest hunter recruitment program in the U.S. To date DW chapters have introduced more than 72,000 new people to the ways of duck and goose hunting.
In 2017 DW began the “University Hunting Program”, designed to introduce wildlife management students to waterfowl hunting. DW is building partnerships with universities nationwide, 24 schools to date. Also in 2017 DW began another popular initiative.
The “Mentor Recognition Program” is designed to raise awareness of the critical need to recruit new hunters and reward people who share their love of waterfowl hunting with others. Here’s how the program works (By the way, membership in DW is not required):
Anyone who mentors a new waterfowl hunter is eligible to upload to DW a photo and short story about your hunt. In recognition, DW will send to the mentor a certificate of appreciation, Delta Waterfowl Mentor hat, special DW decal, and an engraved metal band to display on a call lanyard.
The new hunter will get a merit certificate, DW hat, two decals, and if successful at taking a duck or goose, they will earn a Delta Waterfowl First-Duck Pin. Again, you do not have to be a DW member to participate. For more information go to the “What We Do” section of www.deltawaterfowl.org. And join them if you like. Or contact Joel Brice, vice president of waterfowl and hunter recruitment programs, at 888-987-3695 ext. 5225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunters, watch out for the color purple in the field. Just as a flash of hunter orange means “do not shoot”, a splash of purple on a tree or fence means “no hunting or trespassing”. In 2017 Tennessee joined a growing number of states with a new law that simplifies a landowner’s task of posting his property.
Once a traditional “No Trespassing” sign has been posted in a prominent place, the law authorizes property owners to provide notice that trespassing is prohibited on their property by marking trees and posts with purple paint as an alternative to posting signs. The purple mark can be an “X” or a vertical stripe at least one inch wide and eight inches long placed in the baseball strike zone (three feet to five feet high) for easy viewing. Trespassing in Tennessee is a Class C misdemeanor which can result in a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail.
The later bear seasons continue in BHZ-1, BHZ-2 and BHZ-3 on Oct. 28 – Nov. 1 with dogs and all weapons (guns, muzzleloaders and archery); this area reopens on Nov. 23-26 for no dogs. The next season for BHZ 1-2-3 opens on Dec. 2 with dogs but the closing dates vary: BHZ-1 closes Dec. 21, BHZ-2 closes Dec. 26, and BHZ-3 closes Dec. 15. The final bear hunt is in BHZ-3, with dogs, on Dec. 26-29. The Transitional Zone and BHZ-4 continues through Nov. 25 for archery, no dogs.
The counties in BHZ-1 include Carter, Cocke (north of I-40), Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. BHZ-2 counties include Blount, Cocke (south of I-40), Jefferson (east of Hwy 411), and Sevier. BHZ-3 counties are McMinn (east of Hwy 411), Monroe and northeastern Polk. The Transitional Zone is all of the counties immediately east of BHZ 1-2-3; BHZ-4 is Morgan, Fentress, eastern Pickett, northern Cumberland, and western Scott counties. For more information go to page 40-41 of the 2019-20 hunting guide, also online at www.tnwildlife.org.
The Young Sportsman hunts for deer and bear are Oct. 26-27. Hunters ages six through 16 are eligible, and they must have a non-hunting adult at least 21 years old with them close enough to control the hunting weapon. Both need to wear the required fluorescent orange, but the adult does not have to have a license. Any legal weapon may be used: Gun, muzzleloader, bow, and crossbow.
Hunters ages six through 12 do not need a hunting license; hunters ages 13 through 15 must have the junior license; those age 16 (when the license is purchased) must have an adult license. Young hunters age 10 to 16 must have their hunter education certificate or the Apprentice License.
For deer: The season bag limit for bucks allows one antlered deer per day up to the state maximum of two bucks per year. The antlerless bag limit for this youth hunt is two for the big game units A, B, C, and D; Unit L and Unit CWD allow three does per day. Some of the TWRA wildlife management areas will also be open for this hunt. See the WMA list online or in the 2019-20 Hunting and Trapping Guide (a WMA permit may be required).
For bear: Young hunters will have exclusive use of these Bear Hunt Zones: BHZ-1, BHZ-2 and BHZ-3 (The adult archery bear season ends on Oct. 19). Dogs are not allowed but all weapons are (gun, muzzleloader and archery). The season limit is one bear (without cubs) per person.
SaveOurMonarchs Foundation has a good idea for the upcoming holidays. For a donation of $35 they will send you 100 milkweed seed packets holiday-themed for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. The packets make nice handouts for trick-or-treaters – but not in lieu of candy, of course – or simple gifts for holiday gatherings.
The various milkweed plants are perennial wildflowers that can grow anywhere in the U.S. and they are essential to the survival of all monarch caterpillars. Besides that, milkweed adds a lot to a wildflower garden and it requires no maintenance. Autumn is a good time to plant wildflowers, or you can wait for the spring.
Check out SaveOurMonarchs Foundation, a 501c3 charity; they offer free milkweed seeds to anyone requesting them, and larger quantities for a small donation. For seeds and more information go to www.SaveOurMonarchs.org; or contact Ward Johnson at 952-829-0600.
When buying your hunting licenses this fall, consider getting one of the collectible “hard-card” hunting and fishing licenses. It has a beautiful wildlife scene on the front of the card (driver license sized) and lists all of your current licenses on the back; it costs an extra five dollars.
The hard-cards began in 2017 with a woodland white-tailed buck, now retired. The second artwork issued is an airborne largemouth bass. The latest design to choose features a flock of mallards and a Labrador retriever in a flooded woods. Licenses are available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices, license agencies, on the TWRA website www.gooutdoorstennessee.com , and at the TWRA “On the Go App.”
This Beyond BOW takes women muzzleload hunting. The 2019 Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Muzzleloader Workshop will be held on Nov. 8-10 on private property in Humphreys County. Women age 18 and older are eligible and the sponsor is the TWRA.
The private farm for the event has more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat with a variety of wildlife management projects. Besides actual hunting time, a variety of clinics are scheduled including, deer biology, deer management and hunting ethics.
Registration for the workshop is on a first-come basis; however, two weeks priority will be given to first-time participants. The workshop fee is $250, which includes meals and campsites, if participants wish to camp. Participants must have the appropriate licenses and hunter education cards (or the apprentice license). Some treestands will be available.
There will be two hunts on Saturday and one Sunday morning. For more information and a registration application, contact Donald Hosse at Don.Hosse@tn.gov or phone 615-781-6541. Applications are also available on the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org under Outreach.
The early Canada goose season is the first phase of Tennessee’s migratory waterfowl hunting. The Statewide Zone is Oct. 12-22, then Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 and Dec. 7 – Feb. 14. The Northwest Zone is Oct. 12-22, then Nov. 9-10 and Dec. 5 – Feb. 14. The daily bag limit is three.
For more information on the Canada goose seasons, see the 2019-20 Tennessee Hunting Guide on page 23 at www.tnwildlife.org. The earliest opportunity for duck hunting in Tennessee is Nov. 9-10 in the Reelfoot Duck Zone. More here on the duck seasons later, or go to Page 22 of the hunting guide.
Upland game opportunities: Tennessee’s grouse season opens Oct. 12 – Feb. 29 for areas east of I-65 only. The bag limit is three per day. The second dove segment reopens on Oct. 12 – Nov. 3 with a daily limit of 15. Crow season changes to daily hunting on Oct. 5 – Jan. 1, with no limit. Previously crow was open June 1 – Aug. 18 on Friday-Saturday-Sunday only.
Here is a unique sports banquet not to be missed. The Tennessee Muzzleloading History Banquet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Smyrna Event Center in Smyrna.
Some of the attractions: A collection of Tennessee ML rifles; a historical exhibit of ML in Tennessee from 1769; Sergeant Alvin York guns and memorabilia; Civil War reenactments with Whitworth rifles; vintage barrel-making machine demonstration by Rice Barrels; Q&A with national champion ML shooters; Stephen Tucker with his world record Tucker Buck; Knight Rifles and other ML vendors onsite.
The activities go all day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with reenactments, shoots and fun ($10 activities fee). Evening socializing, viewing the exhibits, cocktails, and then dinner will be 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $30 each and $15 for under 18 years. Pre-register at www.nmlra.org.
Time is running out for new hunters to get a hunter education certificate – that’s anyone born after 1968. Normally you must go online to sign up for a hunter education class. The TWRA lists the upcoming classes on its website at www.tnwildlife.org in the hunting section.
Students must be at least nine years old to earn a certificate; they should bring a pencil and their Social Security number (mandatory). Do not bring a gun. Other classes may be added at any time, so check often.
Are you having trouble scheduling the time for a hunter education class? There is an online alternative with an online written exam and a required field day for live shooting; but, now there also is an exemption to the field day for those 21 years or older. The following steps are required:
Complete one of the online classes at www.tn.gov/twra/hunting/hunter-education.html. These courses cost $29 and are interactive, narrated, and offer daily (including weekend) live customer service via email or telephone. Complete the form provided for the field day exemption and mail, fax or email it with required documentation and payment ($12) to the address listed on the form. To request a form offline contact the Hunter Education Coordinator at 615-781-6538. Your certificate will arrive in three to five business days after submission.
Tennessee hunters: This year join the new statewide promotion, “Let’s Hunt Giveaway”. You have a chance to win some cool gear, courtesy of Bear Archery, Cabelas, Powderhook, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The top prizes are a 2019 Divergent Bear Bow, an Alaskan Guide Skinnier Knife, and a Blackout X83 Hub-Style Ground Blind.
All you have to do is take someone “new to hunting” with you. It can be a friend, a family member, your spouse, or a complete stranger. Of course you should have fun in the outdoors and practice safe sportsmanship. Enter now through Dec. 1, 2019. The winner will be drawn randomly on Dec. 16. To enter and get more information go to www.powderhook.com/contests/tennessee-take-someone-hunting
The largest trout tournament in the Smokies, the 21st annual Smoky Mountains Trout Tournament, will take place on the weekend of Oct. 5-6 on 20 miles of the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. At least 10,000 trout are stocked immediately prior to the event.
The top prizes will be $250 for the largest trout and $250 for the smallest trout. Other prizes will include trophies for the top three anglers in four divisions, cash awards, fishing equipment, and gift certificates to restaurants, hotels, and local attractions.
The entry fees are $25 for one day or $40 for both days. Cash prizes will go to the four divisions of adults and youths, both locals and tourists. Register or get more information at www.rockytopoutfitter.com, or call Rocky Top Outfitters at 865-661-3474.
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved updates to the state’s 2020-2022 fishing regulations at its recent September meeting in Nashville. The time-of-day restriction and one-pole limit on wild trout streams were removed. Wild caught trout from certain waters may only be used as bait in their home waters.
Some sport fishing regulations were changed in some smaller lakes, such as: Carroll, Graham, Glenn Springs, Pin Oak (in Natchez Trace S.P.), and Fort Patrick Henry. There will be bait restrictions on many more streams where the harvest, use and possession of crayfish are prohibited or limited to their home waters. For more details see the news section of www.tnwildlife.org.
The TFWC also reported on the second annual August “velvet antlered” deer hunt. This year’s statewide harvest was 586 compared to 798 last year. In the newly created Unit CWD in southwestern Tennessee, there was an increase from 36 bucks to 61. This year muzzleloaders were allowed in Unit CWD along with archery equipment.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will implement Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations on 36 trout waters in 20 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1.
Under Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1 and June 5, 2020. No natural bait may be possessed, and anglers can fish only with artificial lures with one single hook. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.
The Wildlife Commission stocks Delayed Harvest Trout Waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching fish. Delayed Harvest Trout Waters, posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs, are popular fishing destinations for anglers who enjoy catch-and-release trout fishing.
The Commission reminds anglers fishing Delayed Harvest Trout Waters to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species, such as whirling disease, gill lice and didymo, by:
Cleaning equipment of all aquatic plants and animals and mud.
Draining water from boat, live wells and equipment.
Drying equipment thoroughly.
Never moving fish, plants or other organisms from one body of water to another.
For a complete list of Delayed Harvest Trout Waters, stocking dates, information on regulations and trout fishing maps, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page. Get N.C. Wildlife Updates — news including season dates, bag limits, legislative updates and more — delivered free to your Inbox from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Go to www.ncwildlife.org/enews.
The Tennessee Fur Harvesters fall convention will be Oct. 4-6 at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Groupe Camp #2. Newcomers, veteran trappers and their families will enjoy the many seminars, contests, games and activities, live entertainment, storytellers, and supplies vendors.
Tent camping and primitive cabins are available. For more information contact John Daniel at email@example.com, or call 423-595-0986 or see the website www.tfhaonline.net and select TFHA Annual Convention.
Here is a special opportunity for young hunters who have never taken a deer. A free hunt at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in deer-rich Humphreys County (Unit L) has been arranged again by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for Oct. 26, the opening day for the statewide youth deer hunt. Hunters age 10-16 with a hunter education certificate and accompanied by a non-hunting adult are eligible. A total of 30 licenses will be issued. Last year 18 of 30 hunters took their first deer.
There will be a free Friday night cookout and campout (participants must have their own camping gear), or hotels are nearby. Breakfast and lunch will also be served on Saturday. Treestands will be provided including three that are handicap accessible. The Unit L bag limit is two bucks (one buck per day) and three does per day.
Registration deadline is Oct. 15, when the lottery drawing will be held. Selected hunters will be notified by Oct. 18. Applications and more information are available on the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org, by phoning Don Hosse at 615-781-6541, or by email to Don.Hosse@tn.gov. Applications can be mailed to TWRA, Youth Deer Hunt Giveaway, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204; or faxed to 615-781-6543.
Once again, our late summer is very hot and very dry – bad news for deer. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is receiving reports of dead deer in scattered areas of the state. The timing and details of the reports are all indicative of hemorrhagic disease (HD). HD occurs at varying levels of severity each year in white-tailed deer herds. The catch-all term for this disease is hemorrhagic disease (HD). Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and bluetongue are closely related viruses that fall under the umbrella of HD.
In 2017 HD was moderately severe in East Tennessee and some other states in the Appalachian region. The last major outbreak of HD in Tennessee was in 2007 and involved virtually all of the state. Kentucky also had a severe outbreak in 2007.
HD is caused by a virus that is transmitted to deer from biting midges (gnats) or “no-see-ums.” It is not transmitted from deer to deer by contact. The virus causes fever, respiratory distress, and swelling of the neck or tongue. Not all deer exposed to the virus will die, but those that do usually do so within five to ten days of exposure, often seeking water as they try to drink and cool their bodies from the fever; they may appear lethargic and fearless of people. Incidences of HD usually peaks around mid-September and are usually done by mid-October with the onset of cold weather.
Often when HD becomes epidemic – the word is epizootic in animals – it is called EHD. It has been in the United States for more than 60 years; it does not affect people or pets. It should be noted that HD and EHD have nothing to do with chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is caused by a neurological prion and is incurable.
Consider joining the Anglers for the Bahamas campaign as it races toward $4 million in support of the island nation devastated by Hurricane Dorian; plus, there is an additional $1 million personal donation and challenge from Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris.
In its first four days alone, 81,000 anglers have donated through Anglers for the Bahamas to help the people of the Bahamas by uniting with worldwide relief leader, Convoy of Hope, a highly regarded 501(C)(3 not-for-profit charity with emergency responders currently on the front lines throughout the Bahamas.
At all Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores, customers can round up their purchases or make an additional donation at registers. To encourage even broader support, customers who donate at least $5 or more in Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores will receive a limited-edition Anglers for the Bahamas bumper sticker. Johnny Morris will be adding to these contributions at 25 percent. To donate directly to relief efforts, please visit www.AnglersForTheBahamas.org.
Would you believe a shorty 12 ga. 1 ¾-inch shotshell? It is officially here. Federal Cartridge Co. submitted the “12-gauge 1 ¾-inch Smooth Bore Barrel” cartridge and chamber designs to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI), and it was just approved as an official new cartridge.
“This is big news for our new Shorty Shotshell ammunition,” said Federal’s Shotshell Product Director Rick Stoeckel. “The 12-gauge 1 ¾-inch cartridge has been around for more than a decade, but it was never brought to SAAMI to be considered by its Technical Committee. Once we decided to start manufacturing this load, we immediately submitted it to SAAMI for industry standardization. We’re excited about this approval and we deeply appreciate SAAMI’s support.”
Federal’s new Shorty Shotshells deliver similar full-sized performance without the length of standard shells. Although just 1 ¾-inch long, new Shorty shotshells offer similar patterns, energy and accuracy as full-size counterparts. Now available in 8 shot, 4 buck and rifled slug loads perfect for fun at the range.
“SAAMI’s approval of the cartridge was a crucial step in legitimizing it within the industry,” continued Stoeckel. “Their work creates industry standards for the cartridge, and will hopefully inspire shotgun manufacturers to purposely build pump-action and semi-auto shotguns to specifically run 1 ¾-inch loads.”
SAAMI allows free access to technical data and drawings for accepted cartridge and chamber designs. These are posted within New SAAMI Cartridge & Chamber Designs under their Technical Information section, found at www.saami.org. A direct link to the 12-gauge 1 ¾-inch Smooth Bore Barrel Cartridge .PDF document can be viewed here.
The generous community-support program Hunters For The Hungry (HFTH) is positioned for another stellar year. The 2019 season starts with more than 80 processors in 66 counties throughout Tennessee, and every processor has funds to accept donated deer at no cost to the hunter.
One donated deer provides as many as 168 protein meals for Tennesseans in need and is distributed to food banks and soup kitchens across the state. More than 600,000 meals were supplied by the program last year. The Tennessee Wildlife Federation sponsors the HFTH.
There are two ways to help HFTH help the needy in your county or neighborhood. One is to give venison or other wild meat to the program – a few pounds or often an entire deer. The other way is to give cash to help defray the cost of processing the meat. To donate money or learn more about other TWF programs, go to www.tnwf.org or call Matt Simcox at 615-353-1133.
Hunters can drop off a whole deer donation at no personal cost. Each year HFTH covers tens of thousands of dollars in processing fees for donations. If deer donations surpass available funding for this season, hunters can pay a reduced, $50 processing fee. A complete list of participating processors is available on the above TWF website.
Hunters for the Hungry will test – through the TWRA – every deer donated within Unit CWD for chronic wasting disease, as well as many of the donations made in Region 1. Only whole deer donations will be accepted in Unit CWD and the counties that border it. Pound or Pack donations, which allow hunters to give a portion of their harvest, will continue to be accepted in the rest of the state.
In an abundance of caution, HFTH will discard all donations that test positive for CWD. There is no evidence CWD is transmitted to humans but the CDC still recommends against eating CWD-positive meat. For more information about HFTH, visit www.tnwf.org/HuntersForTheHungry.
The traditional opening date for archery deer hunting is the fourth Saturday of September. The first segment is Sept. 28 – Oct. 25; then, after a respite weekend (Oct. 26-27) for the first youth deer hunt, the second archery segment is Oct. 28 – Nov. 8. All the regular big game units, A, B, C, D, and L have the same dates; all of the regular units – except L – have the same bag limits: Two antlered and four antlerless. Unit L bag limits are two antlered per season and three antlerless per day. Those two bucks are the season maximum for all weapons, gun and muzzleloader included.
The new Unit CDL is the eight counties in the southwest corner of the state: Shelby, Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, Tipton, Haywood, Madison, and Chester. The CDL archery-only season is Sept. 28 – Oct. 25. After the Young Sportsmen weekend, the muzzleloader and archery segment is Oct. 28 – Nov. 8. Gun, muzzleloader and archery segment is Nov. 9 – Jan. 5. The Private Lands hunt is Jan. 6-10.
Also, archery fall turkey occurs on Sept. 28 – Oct. 25 and Oct. 28 – Nov. 8 in most counties (see page 43 of the 2019 hunting guide). Shotgun is allowed for turkey Oct. 12-25. The season limit is one bearded bird per county, no hens.
And, bear hunting begins on Sept. 28. The archery season is Sept. 28 – Oct. 25, without dogs, for all of the Bear Hunting Zones: BHZ1 – BHZ4 and Transitional. The annual bag limit is one bear either-sex, sows without cubs.
Next, bear hunting with dogs and all weapons opens in three zones: Oct. 12-18 in BHZ2, which includes Blount, Cocke (south of I-40), Jefferson (east of Hwy 411), and Sevier counties; Oct. 5-13 in BHZ3, which is McMinn (east of Hwy 411), Monroe and northeastern Polk counties; Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-13 in BHZ1, which is Carter, Cocke (north of I-40), Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties. The later bear hunts will be listed here soon, but you can see them all on page 40 of the 2019 hunting guide.
The 2019 autumnal (September) equinox occurs on Monday, Sept. 23 at 3:50 a.m. EDT, when the Sun is positioned directly over the Earth’s equator and moving south. In other words, the Earth’s rotational axis is perpendicular to the Sun.
Daylight is waning rapidly every day. In late September the Sun rises (due east) nearly one minute later every day, and the Sun sets (due west) about one-and-a-half minutes earlier every day. For East Tennessee sunrise will be at 7:24 a.m. and sunset will be at 7:31 p.m. The actual “equinox” or equal periods of day and night does not occur in this area until Sept. 26.
The animals sense autumn instinctively. It triggers mating in deer, migration in waterfowl and other birds, and hibernation activities in bears and groundhogs.