[font=arial]I'm not sure how many people, if any, read much under the Tennessee blog but I want to express my severe distaste for the Deer Hunting Regulations in Tennessee. I'm a simple man, I work for a living, have a family, hunt when I can, but not nearly as much as I like and every year I'm more and more disappointed with what I see happening in Tennessee. I know we Tennesseans don't have the most nutrient rich soil in the country and depending on whether you're in East, Middle, or West Tennessee the terrain and environment varies greatly. However, I want to key on the Unit B area (primarily Eastern Tennessee) as the topic of this post. In East TN there are several areas of up and down mountain ranges that nothing short of a mountain goat (or whitetail deer) could climb. However, we also have large vast areas of farmland where there are corn and soybeans almost as far as the eyes can see. Of course it is nothing on the scale of the mid-west US but nevertheless we still have vast areas supplying a plethora of forage for the whitetail deer.[/font][/align][font=arial][/font] [/align][font=arial]Now, to get to the meat and potatoes here what most upsets me is that a young buck has almost no chance of surviving through deer season in Unit B (East Tennessee) if he happens to be seen by a hunter and our laws make it that way and push people to take small bucks!! That is right folks I said it; the laws for Unit B might as well encourage the hunter to take small bucks and here is why! If you deer hunt in Tennessee's Unit B and you don't bow hunt guess how many opportunities you have to kill a Doe....about one weekend and even that is black powder. Unless you are extremely lucky enough to get drawn for it you can never kill a Doe legally in Unit B with a center-fire rifle. I'm an avid bow hunter but let's face it - our K-Mart hunters or Joe Six Packs are not going to be the avid sportsman type, the bow hunting type; these guys are your meat hunters. But, who can blame them - many of these same people, not all but some, are of a lower income and use deer season as a means to put food on the table not so much as a means of sport and preservation. Now, put yourself in his shoes. You have no chances to kill a Doe with your rifle and if you happen to black powder hunt you have only one weekend to kill a Doe. So, you tell me what is going to be the deer you shoot? The answer: the first legal animal you see. In Tennessee a legal buck in Unit B has spikes at least 3" tall....3" tall!!! Knowing that you have little to no chance to kill a Doe to put food on the table you are going to shoot any buck, the 1st buck, the only buck you might see all year! [/font][/align][font=arial][/font] [/align][font=arial]Tennessee's Unit B laws are so screwed up I just can't stand it. I don't know if this is the fault of the board of commissioners or TWRA or both - but it is a joke! Tennessee will never be known as a state that produces competitively large whitetail bucks as long as these laws are in place. I can't tell you how many times, year after year I see spikes, 4 points, and little forked deer being checked in and it makes me sick and just really upsets me! But, I think back to the laws and I'm reminded that these guys may only get one chance to kill a legal deer so the 1st buck they see is a dead one. OH WAIT, DID I ALSO MENTION THAT YOU CAN KILL SOMETHING LIKE 3 OR 4 BUCKS IN TENNESSEE??!! [/font][/align][font=arial][/font] [/align][font=arial]The problem is folks is that like all things in this world it is all about the almighty dollar. Tennessee's laws care more about bringing in the money than cultivating, growing, and producing a better whitetail herd for tomorrow. A resident sportsman's license in TN is $135/yr. Most out of towners I tell that too are pretty shocked by that. I'd love to see TN go to a 4 point or better on one side law, but it will NEVER happen. No chance, because they think people would quit buying licenses - maybe they're right but I don't think so. Heck, if nothing else - who needs to kill 4 bucks in one year, seriously?! I don't even know of a family that can eat 4 deer in one year's time....although I'm sure there are a few. Well, thanks for allowing me to vent. If anyone knows how to bring some common sense into the Board of Commissioners or TWRA who put all these bullseyes on the backs of anything with a set of horns let me know. [/font][/align][font=arial][/font] [/align][font=arial]Signing off...[/font][/align]
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