Anyone hunting in Tennessee will have a variety of game animals to choose from, and hunting opportunities for all ages, skills levels and hunting interests. The state’s landscape offers a variety of natural habitats and ecosystems for plenty of game animals, including big and small game species, furbearers, upland game and waterfowl.
Game species in Tennessee include:
- Big game including white-tailed deer, bear, elk and turkey.
- Small game including woodcock, rails, coot, snipe and crow.
- Waterfowl and other migratory game birds including ducks, geese, dove and sandhill cranes.
- Furbearers including beaver, bobcat, fox, minc, and coyote among others.
The TWRA defines a nongame species as “any wild mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile, fish, mollusk, crustacean or other wildlife not ordinarily taken for sport, fur, food or other commercial use”. Unless otherwise specified no person is permitted to take, attempt to take, possess or transport any nongame species within the state.
Additionally, some wildlife species in Tennessee may be designated as endangered, protected, or threatened. It is unlawful to hunt any endangered, protected or threatened species within the state. Some examples of these species include various types of bat, the piping plover, and the least tern, in addition various plants, fish, and mussels.