Tennessee deer hunters had what state wildlife officials called a normal season for numbers of deer killed despite moderate temperatures.
“I would call it a normal harvest,” said Chuck Yoest, the state big game coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Yoest made his comments in this story by The Associated Press.
Yoest said by Jan. 4 that Volunteer State hunters killed about 165,000 deer when numbers were in from check stations. Two more days remained in the regular season that day, along with a youth hunt the next weekend.
Yoest said the total was about 3,000 more than in the 2011-12 season.
“We’ll see that number rise in the next couple of weeks as late tags come in,” Yoest said. “It could break 170,000.”
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