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Tennessee Bear Seasons & Regulations

Regulations

  • Bear Limit: One (1) bear either sex per year.
  • Cubs or female bears with cubs at side may not be taken at any time. A cub is defined as any bear weighing seventy-five (75) pounds or less.
  • All harvested bears must be checked out at an official checking station.  Bears may not be checked in via the Internet or with the TWRA mobile application. Bears may be whole or field dressed, but must weigh 75 pounds or greater when checked in.
  • The reproductive sex organs shall remain attached to each bear harvested at least until the bear has been officially checked out at an official bear checking station.

Prohibited Acts

  • Hunting private property without landowners permission.
  • Hunting prohibited over a site where bait has been placed to feed or attract wildlife unless the bait has been removed at least 10 days prior to hunting.
  • It is illegal to hunt, shoot at, chase, or kill any wild animal, wild bird, or wildfowl from a public road right-of-way, or from any motorized vehicle, or to shoot any firearms across or from any public road or vehicle.

Bear Reserves

Bear hunting is not permitted in bear reserves unless a special exception is provided by proclamation.

Incidental Take of Wild Hogs During Bear Dog Hunts

Licensed Big Game Hunters may use the following means:

  • Wild hogs may be taken incidental to scheduled bear-dog hunts in the counties or portions of counties open to bear-dog hunting in the current Big Game Hunting Season Proclamation.

2013 Bear Seasons (No Dogs Permitted)

County Sep. 28 –0ct. 25
Archery
Only
Nov. 23–26
G/M/A
Blount All Listed Counties Open All Listed Counties Open
Carter
Cocke
(south of I-40)
Cocke
(north of I-40)
Greene
Jefferson
(east of 411)
Johnson
Monroe
Polk
(east of 411 & north of 64)
Sevier
Sullivan
Unicoi
Washington

2013 Bear Seasons (Dogs Permitted)

County Sept. 30 -
Oct. 7
G/M/A
Oct.
5-13
G/M/A
Oct. 28 -
Nov. 1
G/M/A
Nov.
4 - 8
G/M/A
Nov. 29
– Dec. 23
G/M/A
Dec.
2-15
G/M/A
Dec. 31
–Jan. 3, 2014
G/M/A
Blount Open   Open   Open All Listed
Counties Open
 
Carter     Open   Open  
Cocke
(south of I-40)
Open   Open   Open  
Cocke
(north of I-40)
    Open   Open  
Greene     Open   Open  
Jefferson
(east of 411)
Open   Open   Open  
Johnson     Open   Open  
Monroe   Open   Open   Open
Polk
(east of 411 & north of 64)
  Open   Open   Open
Sevier Open   Open   Open  
Sullivan     Open   Open  
Unicoi     Open   Open  
Washington     Open   Open  

2013 Bear Dog Training Season

No bears may be taken. No firearms or archery equipment may be possessed. Bear dog training is permitted one half-hour before legal sunrise to one half hour after legal sunset. For information on the bear dog training season in the Cherokees, see the WMA section.

Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson (east of 411), Johnson, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
August 24 - September 29, 2013

Monroe, Polk (that portion east of Hwy. 411 and north of Hwy. 64)
September 4-13, 2013

Young Sportsman Bear Hunt

Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson (east of 411), Johnson, Monroe, Polk (that portion east of Hwy. 411 and north of Hwy. 64), Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington.

October 26 - 27, 2013 - 1 per year, either sex, G/M/A

Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting, 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. No dogs.