Tennessee’s Proposed 2022-2023 Deer Season Dates

On Thursday, April 28, the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission held it’s monthly meeting to go over the proposed dates and regulations for the 2022-2023 hunting seasons. While it appears there could be significant changes coming in 2024 as the TWRA develops a whole new deer management strategy, the 2022-2023 deer season saw no changes from last year other than the standard calendar date shifts.

TWRA will be accepting public input over these proposed season dates and regulations April 28 to May 23, 2022 before finalizing everything at their June 2-3 meeting. Comments can be sent to TWRA.huntingcomments@tn.gov. If you’d like to watch the full Commission meeting, the video is posted at the bottom of this page.

Below are the proposed 2022-2023 deer season dates and regulations for each deer unit for your review. Keep in mind these are not the comprehensive deer season regulations. Always check TWRA’s official deer season regulations before heading afield.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the upcoming season and any future changes you’d like to see in the comments section below.

Deer Zone Map

Map of Tennessee's deer hunting units
This map is based on the 2021-2022 deer season. There may be changes to the Units, specifically the CWD unit prior to the start of the 2022-2023 deer season.

Unit A

Unit A includes Bradley, Carter, Hamilton, Hawkins, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea, Roane, and Sullivan counties.

Unit B

Unit B includes Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Claiborne, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Jackson, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties.

Unit C

Unit C includes Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Unicoi, Union, and Washington counties.

Unit D

Unit D includes Blount, Monroe, Polk, and Sevier counties.

Unit L

Unit L includes Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Franklin, Giles, Hardin, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Weakley, Williamson, and Wilson counties.

Unit CWD

Unit CWD includes Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton counties.

Proposed 2022-2023 Deer Season Dates

Unit A Season Dates

AUGUST SEASON: 

 Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

  • Season Dates : Aug. 26 – 28, 2022

ARCHERY SEASON:

  • Season Dates: Sep 24 – Oct 28, 2022, and Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 4

YOUNG SPORTSMEN: 

Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

  • Season Dates: Oct. 29 – 30, 2022, & Jan. 14 – 15, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 2

MUZZLELOADER: 

  • Season Dates: Nov. 5 – 18, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 2

GUN

A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.

  • Season Dates (antlered & antlerless): Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 2

Unit B Season Dates

AUGUST SEASON: 

 Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

  • Season Dates : Aug. 26 – 28, 2022
  • Antlered deer only

ARCHERY SEASON:

  • Season Dates: Sep 24 – Oct 28, 2022, and Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 4

YOUNG SPORTSMEN: 

Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

  • Season Dates: Oct. 29 – 30, 2022, & Jan. 14 – 15, 2023

MUZZLELOADER: 

  • Season Dates: Nov. 5 – 18, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 2

GUN

A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.

  • Season Dates (antlered & antlerless): Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 1

Unit C Season Dates

AUGUST SEASON: 

 Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

  • Season Dates : Aug. 26 – 28, 2022
  • Antlered deer only

ARCHERY SEASON:

  • Season Dates: Sep 24 – Oct 28, 2022, and Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 4

YOUNG SPORTSMEN: 

Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

  • Season Dates: Oct. 29 – 30, 2022, & Jan. 14 – 15, 2023

MUZZLELOADER: 

  • Season Dates: Nov. 5 – 18, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 1

GUN

A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.

  • Antlered Season Dates: Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
  • Antlerless Season Dates: Nov. 19 – Dec. 4, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 1

Unit D Season Dates

AUGUST SEASON: 

 Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

  • Season Dates : Aug. 26 – 28, 2022
  • Antlered deer only

ARCHERY SEASON:

  • Season Dates: Sep 24 – Oct 28, 2022, and Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 4

YOUNG SPORTSMEN: 

Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

  • Season Dates: Oct. 29 – 30, 2022, & Jan. 14 – 15, 2023

MUZZLELOADER: 

  • Season Dates: Nov. 5 – 18, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 1

GUN

A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.

  • Antlered Season Dates: Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
  • Antlerless Season Dates: Nov. 19 – Nov. 25, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 1

Unit L Season Dates

AUGUST SEASON: 

 Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

  • Season Dates : Aug. 26 – 28, 2022
  • Antlered deer only

ARCHERY SEASON:

  • Season Dates: Sep 24 – Oct 28, 2022, and Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 3 per day

YOUNG SPORTSMEN: 

Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

  • Season Dates: Oct. 29 – 30, 2022, & Jan. 14 – 15, 2023

MUZZLELOADER: 

  • Season Dates: Nov. 5 – 18, 2022
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 3 per day

GUN:

A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.

  • Antlered & Antlerless Season Dates: Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 3 per day

PRIVATE LANDS SEASON:

Hunting is allowed on all privately owned lands in Unit L and Unit CWD (including leased land and lands owned by individuals). It is the responsibility of all hunters to obtain verbal or written permission to hunt on privately owned lands. No public lands or WMAs are open during this period. No antlered deer may be taken during this period in Unit L. Antlered deer may be taken during this period in Unit CWD (statewide bag limit still applies).

  • Season Dates: Jan. 9 – 13, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 3 per day

Zone CWD Season Dates

AUGUST SEASON: 

 Private lands only and archery only, except in Unit CWD where guns and muzzleloaders are allowed and select public lands are additionally open for hunting. See Region 1 WMA regulations to see which public lands are open during this hunt. Fluorescent orange is required in Unit CWD.

  • Season Dates : Aug. 26 – 28, 2022
  • Antlered deer only

ARCHERY SEASON:

  • Season Dates: Sep 24 – Oct 28, 2022, and Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 3 deer per day

YOUNG SPORTSMEN: 

Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment (G/M/A). Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a nonhunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult Antlerless bag limits for Units A, B, C and D are not to exceed a total of 2 antlerless deer for the four days combined.

  • Season Dates: Oct. 29 – 30, 2022, & Jan. 14 – 15, 2023

MUZZLELOADER: 

Unit CWD begins gun season (G/M/A) on Nov. 5 and therefore does not have a muzzleloader only (M/A) season.

  • Season Dates: NONE

GUN:

A Type 094 permit is required to hunt antlerless deer during this season except for landowners hunting under the landowner exemption (as described in T.C.A. 70-2-204) and Sportsman License holders. A Type 094 permit is required for all ages.

  • Season Dates (antlered & antlerless): Nov. 5, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 3 per day

PRIVATE LANDS SEASON:

Hunting is allowed on all privately owned lands in Unit L and Unit CWD (including leased land and lands owned by individuals). It is the responsibility of all hunters to obtain verbal or written permission to hunt on privately owned lands. No public lands or WMAs are open during this period. No antlered deer may be taken during this period in Unit L. Antlered deer may be taken during this period in Unit CWD (statewide bag limit still applies).

  • Season Dates: Jan. 9 – 13, 2023
  • Antlerless Bag Limit: 3 per day

Antlered Deer: An antlered deer is any male or female deer with at least one antler that is at least three inches in length.  

Antlerless Deer: An antlerless deer is any male or female deer without antlers or with antlers that are less than three inches in length. Tennessee deer hunters may harvest up to the unit antlerless bag limit in each unit.

Statewide Antlered Deer Bag Limit: Two antlered deer for the license year, any only per day. The only way to exceed the statewide bag limit of two antlered deer is to take a bonus deer, an antlered deer under the Earn-A-Buck Program in Unit CWD (see CWD in Tennessee), or if taken as a Replacement Buck (see CWD in Tennessee).

Hunter Education Requirements

All hunters born on or after January 1, 1969, must carry proof they have successfully completed a Hunter Education course. Hunter Education certification is accepted from all other states. Children under 10 years of age do not need a Hunter Education certificate, but must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the weapon.

Legal Deer Hunting Weapons

  • Shotguns (including muzzleloading shotguns) using ammunition loaded with single solid ball or slugs
  • Rifles and handguns using centerfire ammunition (full metal jacketed ammunition prohibited)
  • Muzzleloading firearms (rifles and handguns) .36 cal. or larger
  • Air guns .35 cal. or larger
  • Pre-charged pneumatic gun which shoots an arrow (special conditions apply)
  • Archery equipment (longbows, recurves, compounds, and crossbows)

Legal Deer Hunting Hours

Legal deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before official sunrise and until 30 minutes after official sunset.

Deer Check-In Procedures

Before moving your harvested big game, you must either check it in on your smartphone or physically tag the animal and check it in before midnight. These procedures are a requirement for everyone, including landowners and those exempt from license requirements.

  • Big game must be checked in by midnight on the day of harvest AND before being gifted to another person or leaving the state.
  • Temporary Transportation Tag must remain affixed to the animal until it is checked in.
  • Evidence of the animal’s sex, species, and antlered status (if applicable) must remain with the animal while afield and until checked in.

The harvest confirmation number is important!

After check-in, it must be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until time of final processing. It must accompany an animal taken to a taxidermist, meat processor, or gifted to another person.

Hunter Orange Requirements

Tennessee deer hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange on their upper body and head, visible front and back, while deer hunting except on archery-only hunts. A hat and vest fulfills this requirement. Blaze orange camo is legal if it contains 500 square inches of fluorescent orange. In those areas where the archery-only deer season dates overlap with another big game gun season (i.e., bear), archers are required to wear 500 square inches of blaze orange. Blaze orange is required during the August Hunt in Unit CWD as well.

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