Traditionally the weekend before Thanksgiving is the Tennessee opener for the gun deer season statewide. The dates this year are Nov. 23 – Jan. 5 in all of the big game units. Private lands in Unit L also have an antlerless season Jan. 6-10.
The antlered deer bag limit for all seasons (archery, muzzleloader and gun) is two (maximum one per day). The antlerless bag limits differ for each big game unit: Unit L is three per day; Unit A is two; Unit B is one; Unit C is one through Dec. 8 only; Unit D is one through Nov. 29 only. Hunters may take an antlerless bag limit in each big game unit. Some hunters need a Type 094 permit to hunt does, but not Sportsman and Lifetime licenses or landowners on their own land.
In Unit CWD the gun season began early, Nov. 9 – Jan. 5. See page 35 of the 2019-20 hunting guide www.tnwildlife.org for special harvest programs in this unit, such as Earn-A-Buck and Replacement Buck.