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.