The statewide deer harvest for the opening weekend of gun hunting season increased by 1,999 deer over last year.
A total of 14,021 were shot in Tennessee Nov. 21-22 compared to 12,022 in 2019, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
The harvest on Saturday was 9,509 and Sunday was 4,512.
The average opening weekend harvest over the last five years in the state is 14,262.
The largest harvest over the last five years was 17,392, which came on the opening weekend in 2018.
Deer hunting season in Tennessee opened on Aug. 28 with a three-day archery-only hunt on private lands.
The current harvest is 77,231. That is 6,323 more deer than were killed at the same point in 2019.
Counties with the largest harvests last weekend: Giles 444, Maury 362, Carroll 293, Montgomery 288, Lincoln 271, Weakley 271, Sumner 263, Dickson 258, Hawkins 246, Marshall 245.
The antlered deer bag limit is a total of two for the entire 2020-21 deer seasons. The units guide is available at tn.gov/twra.html.
The gun/muzzeleloader/archery season remains open through Jan. 3. There will be a young sportsman hunt Jan. 9-10.
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