Tennessee’s 2016-2017 deer season ended with the Young Sportsman Hunt on Jan. 15. The total harvest was 157,153 deer, comprised of 85,641 antlered and 71,345 antlerless. Last year the total harvest was 167,234 and in 2014-2015 it was 164,869. The record stands at 182,023 deer from 2006-2007.
Fayette County had the highest take this season with 4,233. As usual the counties with the largest totals were all in the western half of the state. Some of the honorable mentions include, in descending order: Hardeman (3,973), Giles (3,925), Henry (3,823), Hardin (3,453), Montgomery (3,415), and Wayne (3,408).
There are some interesting big game statistics in the “Hunter’s Toolbox”, a new feature on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website, www.tnwildlife.org, under the Hunting section. For instance, there were 70,190 hunters that took one or more bucks, and 43,100 hunters that took one or more does.
You can check the harvest numbers of your own county or favorite wildlife management area, the harvest by weapon type, hunter success by county, turkey harvests, bear harvests, and much more. Go to https://hunterstoolbox.gooutdoorstennessee.com and get comfortable.