Tennessee's gun hunting season for deer starts Nov. 18

(Cropped Photo: Courtesy: EPA)

Gun hunting season for deer in Tennessee starts this week.

The season officially opens on Saturday, the tradition start date for the sport.

Again this year, Tennessee hunters can donate a whole deer to a family in need. Just one deer can provide up to 168 meals of venison to families. The venison is processed and then given to local food banks and soup kitchens.

To find a processor in your area, CLICK HERE.

Don't want to spend hours in the woods to get your venison fix this year? Arby's is again offering a venison sandwich.

While the season begins, there are a few things the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants hunters to keep in mind:

  • Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.
  • During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. The season will continue through Jan. 7, 2018 and the second Young Sportsman Hunt is Jan. 13-14.
  • Statewide bag limit for antlered deer is two, includes deer killed during the archery only, muzzleloader, and gun seasons

Read the 2017-18 Hunting Guidelines below or click here to view on mobile:

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