For the purpose of these hunting regulations and better wildlife management, the State of Tennessee is hereby divided into five (5) bear hunt zones (BHZ’s) as follows:
Bear hunting is not permitted in bear reserves unless a special exception is provided by proclamation.
Individuals licensed to hunt bears may take wild hogs during any proclaimed bear-dog hunt.
|Zone 1||Zone 2||Zone 3||Zone 4||Transitional|
|Sept. 29-Oct. 5
Dec. 30-Jan. 2
|Sept. 27-Oct. 24||Sept. 27-Oct. 24||Sept. 27-Oct. 24||Sept. 27-Oct. 24||Sept. 27-Oct. 24|
|Nov. 22-25||Nov. 22-25||Nov. 22-25||Closed||Closed|
G/M/A (No Dogs)
|Oct. 25-26||Oct. 25-26||Oct. 25-26||Closed||Closed|
* 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.
** The following areas within BHZ4 are closed to bear hunting: Big South Fork River and Recreation Area, Scott State Forest, and Obed National Scenic River Corridor.
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.
The following zones are open for a bear dog training season during daylight hours only: