Tennessee and Kentucky hunters enjoy deer season

Tennessee and Kentucky hunters enjoy deer season

The 2013-14 deer hunting season in Tennessee and Kentucky have officially closed and the reports show a record number of hunters enjoyed hunting in the backwoods of Tennessee and Kentucky this season Photo: /Cathy Alexander's first buck

Philip Sparn | ClarksvilleNow.com

CLARSKVILLE, Tenn. – The 2013-14 deer hunting seasons in Tennessee and Kentucky have officially closed and the reports show a record number of hunters enjoyed hunting in the backwoods of Tennessee and Kentucky this season.

The 2013-14 deer season in Kentucky ended Jan. 20 with a total harvest of 144,404 animals; a gain of more than nine percent over the previous record set during the 2012-13 season.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources sold 9,000 more deer permits in 2013-14 compared to the previous season. Almost one third of those permits sold were youth sportsman’s licenses.

Courtland Kelley (2 yrs old) with his father Richard Kelley's 10-pt buck on Christmas Eve

Christian County reported 2,910 harvests, Trigg County reported 1,847 harvests and Todd County totaled 1,347 harvests in the 2013-14 Kentucky deer hunting season.

For a full list of Kentucky’s deer harvest results click here.

Tennessee sportsmen harvested More than 168,000 deer during the 2013-14 season as data continues to be gathered by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The Tennessee harvest numbers were recorded from the start of archery season on Sept. 28, 2013 through the final youth hunt on Jan. 12.

Greg Burns' 165 lb buck harvested in Fort Knox, Kentucky

According to TWRA, this year’s harvest numbers reflect the stability of the state’s deer population. Last year’s total was more than 176,600, while the 2011-12 total was slightly less than 168,000.

Montgomery County ranked 8th in the Tennessee with 3,897 deer harvested. Henry County ranked 4th with 4,557 harvests and Hickman County was 12th with 3,020 harvests. Giles County led the way as the top county in Tennessee with 5,396 deer harvested.

The top 13 counties in Tennessee all had harvests of at least 3,000, including – Lincoln 4,694, Henry 4,557, Hardeman 4,299, Maury 4,047, Franklin 4,040, Montgomery 3,897, Carroll 3,291, Madison 3,231, Weakley 3,122, Hickman 3,020, and Hardin 3,012.

Steve Christy and Larry Hogue with their 8-pt bucks harvested in Montgomery County during the 2013 deer season.

Hunters harvested 1,037 deer on Ft. Campbell’s outdoor recreation area during FT. Campbell’s 2013 deer hunting season.

More than 1,000 deer were harvested in 73 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Polk County, in the southeastern corner of the state, had the lowest county harvest total with 148.

To review the full list of the Tennessee harvest totals click here.

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