Several important changes were made to the hunting and trapping regulations for the 2009–2010 seasons. Several of the primary changes are:
• Fall deer and turkey quota permits will be distributed through a first-come, first served at license agents rather than the traditional draw system.
• Deer and fall turkey seasons were simplified:
–– All traditional season openers remain unchanged but muzzleloader
is now one continuous 14-day season in November
–– Fall turkey is one continuous 12-day season in December
• The raccoon units were consolidated so there is now consistent season and bags limits across the state.
• Two new WMAs were added: Skinner Mountain WMA in Fentress County and Luper Mountain WMA in Cumberland County.
• Elk hunting will resume in Tennessee again for the first time in over 150 years as a quota hunt on North Cumberland WMA will take place in October.
• Unit B deer seasons follow the same season dates as Units A and L.
• Annual buck limit is now three statewide which eliminates the two buck restriction in Unit B.
• Added Gibson county to fall turkey season and expanded fall turkey opportunities in Carroll, Clay, Henry, Madison , and Weakley counties.
• Increased deer hunting opportunities in Chester, Haywood, and Henderson Counties by moving these counties to Unit L.
• Increase gun antlerless deer opportunities in Crockett, Dyer, Hamilton, Hardin, Lake, Lauderdale, Marion, and Tipton counties.
• Hunters not able to find an open check station can now check-in their big game harvest through the internet at www.twracheckin.com.
• Regulations may vary for handgun carry permit holders.