2009 TN Harvest On Track For New Record

TN Wildlife Resource Agnecy, Bear Hunting Magazine

With only a little under two weeks into the 2009 bear season, hunters have already reported the harvest of 187 bears in East Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

With that number harvested this early in the season, it appears that the harvest is on track for a new record as in 2008 during the same time period, 98 bears were reported.

Harvests reported by county this year are: Blount - 28, Carter - 22, Cocke  11, Greene  7, Johnson  13, Monroe  29, Polk  14, Sevier  37, Sullivan  12, Unicoi  9, and Washington  5. Included in those figures are harvests of 111 bears during early gun seasons in Blount, Cocke, Sevier, Monroe and Polk counties.

The 2008 bear season set an all time record in Tennessee with 446. The major portion of the bear hunting season takes place in early December.

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