Can deer urine lures be used in Tennessee? The answer is “It depends”. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on July 1, 2019 enacted a ban on natural cervid (deer, elk and moose) urine lures for use and possession by hunters; however, in the published details of the ban (see page 15 in the 2019-20 hunting guide) there are some conditions where natural urine lures can be used.
If the product is produced in a safe manner and federally approved, it is permissible in Tennessee. Currently on the market there are some deer urine lures that are certified by the Archery Trade Association (ATA), and these comply with the federal requirements. The TWRA accepts these ATA-certified lures. Hunters should be sure to keep the original container with them as proof of compliance.
Following is the amended section of Proclamation 18-05 (page 15 of hunting guide) concerning cervid urine:
“The use or possession of natural cervid urine while hunting is prohibited unless the product is clearly labeled bearing certification from the manufacturer that the urine was produced in a facility that:
i. Complies with a federal or a federally approved chronic wasting disease herd certification program and any federal chronic wasting disease protocols and record requirements;
ii. Does not allow importation of live cervids;
iii. Requires that all cervids exported from the facility be tested for chronic wasting disease upon death and the results are reported to the facility;
iv. Is inspected annually by an accredited veterinarian, including inspection of the herd and applicable records; and
v. Maintains a fence at least 8 feet high around the facility and, if the facility is located within 30 miles of a confirmed positive occurrence of chronic wasting disease, is double fenced to prevent direct contact between captive and wild cervids.”