Free Hunting Day is Saturday in Tennessee

Posted at 7:10 AM, Aug 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-24 08:22:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Saturday is the only day Tennessee residents can hunt without a license.

The TWRA created Free Hunting Day to give people who are on the fence about the sport a chance to decide if they want to buy a license.

"If there is someone that has some experience that can take you or tag along with you, teach you, show you the ropes, that's a great opportunity," said Barry Cross, spokesperson for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

A hunting license ranges from $38 for a small game license to $170 for the sportsman package.

Free Hunting Day is not a free-for-all. To participate, hunters need to have taken a hunter education course if they are born after January 1, 1969.

Many of the Wildlife Management Areas will be open on Free Hunting Day. If a hunter wants to access private property, ask for permission first.

Free Hunting Day coincides with the opening day of squirrel season as well as the August private lands, archery only deer season. In addition, the animals with a year-round season (armadillos, beavers, coyotes, groundhogs, and striped skunks) are open as well.

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