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2008 Deer Season: Tennessee

10/9/2008

Season: September - January
For full season details, click here

ESPNOutdoors.com rating (1-10): 5.5

2007 harvest: 220,000

Sq. Miles: 42,169

Deer/ sq. mile harvested in 2007: 5.2

2008 Outlook:

Big Game Coordinator Daryl Ratajczak was happy to report that this past year has been a recovery year for deer in Tennessee.

"Last year we had a really bad outbreak of EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease)," he said. "Fortunately, we have seen really good recruitment since last year and we expect the hunting to be similar or better than the last.

"After one week of hunting, we have seen the numbers up a little from last year."

Tennessee has been helped by an excellent white oak crop that provides plenty of food for the deer.

Ratajczak was careful to mention that some areas of the state haven't recovered yet and may take longer than just one year.

"One area that was really hard hit by the disease was west-central Tennessee," he said. "It may take two or three years for the populations to recover there and we might see slightly lower harvest numbers from that part of the state."

He did note that the far Western and the central part of the state is probably the best bet for bagging a deer this season with its rolling hills and agricultural areas. East Tennessee is normal, but has lower deer densities overall since the habitat is mostly mountanous.

— Rob Russow