Here is a special opportunity for young hunters who have never taken a deer. A free hunt at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in deer-rich Humphreys County (Unit L) has been arranged again by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for Oct. 26, the opening day for the statewide youth deer hunt. Hunters age 10-16 with a hunter education certificate and accompanied by a non-hunting adult are eligible. A total of 30 licenses will be issued. Last year 18 of 30 hunters took their first deer.
There will be a free Friday night cookout and campout (participants must have their own camping gear), or hotels are nearby. Breakfast and lunch will also be served on Saturday. Treestands will be provided including three that are handicap accessible. The Unit L bag limit is two bucks (one buck per day) and three does per day.
Registration deadline is Oct. 15, when the lottery drawing will be held. Selected hunters will be notified by Oct. 18. Applications and more information are available on the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org, by phoning Don Hosse at 615-781-6541, or by email to Don.Hosse@tn.gov. Applications can be mailed to TWRA, Youth Deer Hunt Giveaway, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204; or faxed to 615-781-6543.