From Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
-- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has finalized the 2008-09 state hunting seasons. The action was taken at the TWRC's regularly scheduled meeting May 21-22 at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building.
The 2008-09 big game seasons will only feature a few changes to last year's regulations. Due to the odd calendar year, there will now be a nine-day first segment of the muzzleloader season running from Nov. 1-9.
Most other changes were small adjustments in regulations to either increase antlerless harvest or simplify regulations. Obion and Shelby Counties were placed into Unit L, while 21 Unit A and B counties saw slight increases in their antlerless hunting opportunities.
The commission also approved that Unit L Young Sportsman hunters have the same opportunity to harvest three does per day as the rest of the Unit L hunters.
In other house cleaning items, the commission made it easier for Unit A and L hunters to take their statewide limit of three bucks by allowing all three bucks to be taken with the same weapon in the same unit.
For a number of years it has been legal for hunters to harvest three bucks with the same weapon, they simply had to hunt in different units. The new regulation simplifies regulations for the Unit A and L hunters. Clarifications were also made of bonus animals, youth accompaniment, and legal antler points.
In other big game news, there will be only minor adjustments to bear and boar seasons, with most changes involving increases in harvest opportunities, especially as it pertains to archery season.
There were slight expansions in the fall turkey seasons with East Tennessee adding a few counties to the fall hunting list. It was also approved that the 2009 spring turkey season begin March 28 with the Young Sportsman hunt one week before.