Tennessee Velvet Buck Hunt Scheduled for August

Many bowhunters in the Volunteer State are celebrating a soon-coming opportunity to shoot a Tennessee velvet buck when deer season kicks off in the late summer of 2018. In the past, Tennessee bowhunters have had a to patiently wait on the arrival of archery deer to open the 3rd weekend in September. It’s particularly difficult when our neighbors to the north, Kentucky bowhunters, typically start bowhunting the first week of September and are afforded a crack at a velvet buck when the opener falls just right. Now, however, Tennessee bowhunters will have the chance to kill a buck fore themselves during a special 3-day Tennessee velvet buck hunt that has been schedule for August.

Tennessee velvet buck hunt

Tennessee bowhunters will be paying closer attention to the velvet bucks this summer.

Reports from the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission say that changes for the 2018 hunting season include the addition of a three-day, archery only antlered deer hunt August 24-26. The commission had been requested to consider the season so that hunters can have the opportunity to kill a buck while it is still in velvet.

This is an additional hunting opportunity beyond the regularly scheduled archery deer season that will continue as normal. Reports say that this is not a bonus buck opportunity. Any buck killd during the Tennessee Velvet Buck Hunt will count toward the annual two-buck limit.

One things for sure, this will be a smoker of a sit in the treestand. August is typically one of the hottest months of the year in Tennessee. But, with the chance of killing their first velvet buck this season, you can bet that there will be plenty of bowhunters climbing into the tree in August when the first Tennessee velvet buck hunt kicks things off this season.

We want to hear from you. What are your thoughts on bowhunting deer in August? Would you do it?

Comments

  1. Christopher Buckland says:

    I think it’s a great thing!! There is no reason not to do it. Hunters want the chance, businesses want the increased revenue. Bucks are most relaxed and more easily patterned during August.

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  2. Johnny Little says:

    Would I do it? Ask me that on the morning of 24 August when I’m in a tree. Heck yes, I’ll do it.

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  3. Steven Serfass says:

    I would definitely love the opportunity. I live in Pennsylvania and our main archery season does not start until either the last Saturday in September or first Saturday in Ocotober. There is a special regulation area that would start two weeks earlier but even then most deer are out of velvet by the second or third Saturday of September. I wrote an emial to the PA Game Commision reqeusting them to look at the possiblity of doing what Tennessee is doing about a year ago and did not get any response back. I even suggested they maybe do a three day early archery hunt for buck only every other year to give PA hunters the opportunity at a velvet buck.

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  4. Erik Ungewitter says:

    I think it’s great. I wish they would do that up here.

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  5. Ralph Cody says:

    It’s gonna be sooooo hot here. Last year on opening day, which was the last Saturday in September, it was almost 100 degrees. I sat in my pop up blind in just my underwear and sweated my ass off. There was no way to control your scent, you just really have to use the wind in your favor. That’s not even to mention the ticks that will be all over the deer once you kill it….. But I will still be in the woods… lol

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  6. Mike Allen says:

    There will be a lot of wasted meat since a lot of hunters will have a hard time getting their deer out of the woods before it sours due to the heat.

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    • Jimmy bennett says:

      No different than the regular openers already. Sometimes 100 degrees. Just have to work quick.

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    • Jimmy bennett says:

      Can’t wait. I’m excited !

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  7. David Maxwell says:

    I will be sick that friday.. yes yes yes to the three days. Thermacell and plenty of water. I will punch a tag for velvet.

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  8. Brian Liford says:

    Absolutely count me in.

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  9. marshall says:

    woohoo I’m in, and won’t be any wasted meat on my end, people worry to much just get some ice bags in the cavity soon as you can

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  10. Just found out about it putting in for the days off at work tomorrow. Think it’s great always wanted a chance at a velvet buck!

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  11. Still hunters are out killing more than there limit

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  12. Tim wade says:

    I will be in a stand or blind.

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  13. Thank you Tennessee!

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  14. Tom Countryman says:

    Great idea. I’ve always wanted a chance at a velvet buck. Count me in.

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  15. Yes. Definitely!

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  16. Greg Pottorff says:

    Yes sir. I’ll be there!

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  17. As long as you have money it should be a great hunt. IE, private property or pay for a lease. Average guy is still not able to hunt. No reason to not open WMAs and allow all hunters the opportunity.

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  18. Clark Taplin says:

    Should be a bonus buck!
    I think it’s a private land only hunt…..I may be wrong

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  19. Rodney Albright says:

    I think it’s great to have a chance at a Velvet buck, And with this being something new to our State hopefully someone can post some information on how to care for the animals rack so they can get it the taxidermy without harm being done to it. I do believe this will only be for the Residents of Tennessee from what I saw in the you tube video on when the Wild life commission voted on this proposal. If any one wants to view it they can always go to the TWRA website and view it. Here is the web address that shows the vote for the Velvet deer hunt.
    link to youtube.com

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  20. Timothy McAnally says:

    I wish they would extend season to the end of January. Would be nice.

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  21. William Brooks says:

    I’ll be out there. I only wish it was more like a week.

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  22. Bucks are still bachelored up and acorns are dropping. It’s a great idea and chance to get a velvet buck. Thanks Tn.

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  23. Like shooting fish in a barrel that time of year if you can find them you can kill them . It’s similar here in KY with the Sept 2nd opening. I don’t have a problem with in in TN heck I used to own land in Henry and Wayne counties.. Good deer in TN but the buck limit needs to be reduced.

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  24. Can you kill one buck on one day and then kill another one on another day

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  25. Rodney A says:

    Yes but once you get 2 then your done on hunting bucks for the year, Tennessee only allows 2 per year .

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