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Giles County Is Tops In Deer Harvested
Posted on December 03, 2012
The harvest numbers are in from the opening weekend of Tennessee's modern firearms hunting season for whitetail deer, and they're much more impressive than they have been the past few seasons.
A total of 17,093 deer were killed November 17th and 18th as the modern firearms season opened. That number is up more than 2,000 from the previous season's opening-weekend total of 14,459 deer taken on November 19th and 20th, 2011.
Tennessee hunters killed 15,827 deer on the opening weekend of 2010 and 15,342 on the opening weekend of 2009. Hunters took a five-year high of 24,432 deer on the opening weekend of 2008.
The 2012-13 deer season began with the initial archery segment on September 22nd and will continue through January 6th, 2013 with a young sportsman hunt scheduled for January 12th and 13th.
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, state hunters had taken 116,601 deer. Conservation officials believe hunters are on pace to top last season's total of 167,780.
On the opening weekend of gun season, Giles County was the top overall county with 720 deer killed. Other are counties in the top ten were Maury County, 6th with 538, Lincoln County, 7th with 496; and Lawrence County, 10th with 373 deer killed.