Tennessee Breaks New Harvest Record

TN Wildlife Resource Agency, Bear Hunting Magazine
12/27/2009

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says that 566 black bears were harvested in 2009, surpassing last year's record of 446 by 120 animals.

Tennessees black bear population has been steadily increasing over the past 40 years due to several management practices put in place by TWRA. These practices include: establishment of a series of bear reserves throughout the bear habitat, protection of females and cubs and setting the majority of the bear hunting season later in the year when most females have gone to the den.

Harvest totals have varied over the past 60 years from less than 10 to the record of 566 set this year. The annual harvest has been more than 300 bears the past 5 consecutive years.

The harvest in each county by season is as follows:
" Sept. 26  Oct. 30 archery-only: Blount (4), Carter (39), Cocke (17), Greene (11), Johnson (28), Monroe (4), Sevier (3), Sullivan (18), Unicoi (13), Washington (10).

Sept. 28  Oct. 4 G/M/A: Blount (27), Cocke (9), Sevier (37).

Oct. 5  6 G/M/A: Monroe (26), Polk (15).

Oct. 17  18 G/M/A: Monroe (16), Polk (7).

Nov. 2 - 5 G/M/A: Blount (16), Carter (20), Cocke (24), Greene (9), Johnson (9), Monroe (22), Polk (15), Sevier (15), Sullivan (9), Unicoi (10), Washington (4).

Nov. 26  29 G/M/A: Blount (2), Carter (1), Cocke (3), Greene (2), Johnson (2), Monroe (3), Unicoi (2), Washington (1).

Dec. 3  16 G/M/A: Blount (6), Carter (11), Cocke (15), Greene (14), Johnson (4), Monroe (14), Polk (17), Sevier (9), Sullivan (1), Unicoi (16), Washington (3).



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