The 2016 Tennessee bear season ended on Jan. 1 with a harvest total of 412 (late filings may increase it). This will rank as the fifth largest harvest for Tennessee; also, it is the 12th consecutive season to top 300 bears.
Again this year Cocke County had the highest harvest with 78 bruins, followed by Carter with 55, Monroe with 50, Greene with 36, and Polk with 32. There are 16 counties in five zones eligible for bear hunting.
The record Tennessee bear harvest was 589 in 2011. The following year the TWRA lengthened the season by 14 days. The next highest kills were 573 in 2009, 533 in 2015, 507 in 2013, and 412 in 2016.