For those hunters that like to follow the big game harvest numbers for Tennessee, there is a setback in available data coming from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Previously one could go to the Hunting section on the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org and select “Hunters Toolbox, Reports and Statistics”. Here there were lots of details on any period of the season, including say, for deer: Antlered, antlerless males and females, fawns, as well as a breakdown for each county’s harvest.
This reporter contacted a TWRA representative who explained that the previous reporting system was susceptible to many mistakes and was inaccurate; therefore, the Hunters Toolbox is being redesigned. Presently the Hunters Toolbox will only report gross totals for deer, bear, turkey, and sandhill crane. A map of counties is included and selecting a county will give you its total harvest number.
For the Youth Hunt on Oct. 26-27, the statewide harvest of deer was 3,470; two bear were taken in Sevier County total. For year-to-date the statewide deer harvest is 33,399; the bear harvest is at 301. The top five counties so far for bear are: Carter- 40, Polk- 37, Monroe- 35, Cocke- 34, and Sevier- 30.