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.