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Black bear hunting with dogs in the
mountains of Tennessee. will separate the men from the
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For the purpose of these hunting regulations and better
wildlife management, the State of Tennessee is hereby divided
into five (5) bear hunt zones (BHZ’s) as follows:
- BHZ1: Carter, Cocke (North of I-40),
Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, & Washington.
- BHZ2: Blount, Cocke (South of I-40),
Jefferson (East of Hwy 411), Sevier
- BHZ3: McMinn (East of Hwy 411), Monroe,
Polk (East of Hwy 411 & North of Hwy 64)
- BHZ4: Cumberland (North of I-40),
Fentress, Morgan, Pickett (East of Hwy 111), & Scott (West
of Hwy 27)
- Transitional: Bradley, Hamblen,
Hamilton (East of TN River), Hancock, Hawkins, Grainger,
Jefferson (west of Hwy 411), Knox, Loudon, McMinn (West of
Hwy 411), & Polk (West of Hwy 411)
- Hunting private property without landowners permission.
- Hunting prohibited over a site where bait has been
placed to feed or attract wildlife unless the bait has been
removed at least 10 days prior to hunting.
- It is illegal to hunt, shoot at, chase, or kill any wild
animal, wild bird, or wildfowl from a public road
right-of-way, or from any motorized vehicle, or to shoot any
firearms across or from any public road or vehicle.
Bear hunting is not permitted in bear reserves unless a
special exception is provided by proclamation.
Taking Wild Hogs During Bear Dog Hunts
Individuals licensed to hunt bears may take
during any proclaimed bear-dog hunt.
2014 Bear Seasons
|Sept. 29-Oct. 5
Dec. 30-Jan. 2
|Sept. 27-Oct. 24
||Sept. 27-Oct. 24
||Sept. 27-Oct. 24
||Sept. 27-Oct. 24
||Sept. 27-Oct. 24
G/M/A (No Dogs)
* Youths 6-16 years of age may participate. Young sportsmen
must be accompanied by a non-hunting, adult, 21 years of age
or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate
control of the hunting device and who must also comply with
fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal
hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single
** The following areas within BHZ4 are closed to bear
hunting: Big South Fork River and Recreation Area, Scott
State Forest, and Obed National Scenic River Corridor.
Wildlife Resources Agency information.
We hunt in
the game rich Greene and Sevier County, Tennessee area with an
experienced guide who knows where the game is.
Bear hunting Tennessee Mountain Style
In the fall of 1825, Davy Crockett, who
was born in Southeast Tennessee, was busy at work building two
large boats. According to his narrative of the account, he
waited until the fall when the black bears were putting on fat
before going to den for the winter.
Soon, he had killed enough bears to
sustain himself and his family for the winter. However, one of
his neighbors had come to his house and asked him to go hunting
with him because he knew of a place where the bears were
plentiful and fat for the winter.
They were joined by other hunters and
together they all went hunting Tennessee black bear using their
hunting dogs. All the hunters went home with plenty of bear meat
to feed their families.
At the conclusion of his narrative about his bear hunting he
says this: "As soon as the time come for them to quit their
houses and come out again in the spring, I took a notion to hunt
a little more, and in about one month I killed forty-seven more,
which made one hundred and five bears I had killed in less than
one year from that time." (Source:
In early 1836, Crockett took part in the
Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in
Our bear hunting style hasn't changed too very much since Davy
Crockett went bear hunting in the mountains of Tennessee.
Email us for information about bear hunting the old
fashioned way. It's a real hunt.
|PERMANENT OPENING DATES - TENNESSEE
Free Hunting Day Fourth Sat. in Aug.
Squirrel Fourth Sat. in Aug.
(October 8, 2011)
Quail Second Sat. in Nov.
Rabbit Second Sat. in Nov.
Deer/Archery Fourth Sat. in Sep.
Deer/Muzzleloader First Sat. in Nov.
Deer/Gun Sat. before Thanksgiving
Deer/Young Sportsman Last Sat. in Oct.
What We Offer
Affordable, free range, fair
chase hunting the old fashioned way with an experienced guide
for hunting wild boar, black bear, deer, and wild turkey in
Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia & South Carolina. We hunt private leased property
and some public property.
(There are NO fenced in animals)
No hidden costs of any kind
hunts for the family
(available at an additional charge)
Camera/video is permitted on all
Wild Hog Hunts -
Razorbacks, Piney Woods Rooters, Feral Hogs, Wild Boar
White Tail Deer
Small Game Varmints (Coyote)
No minimum group size, except on
"group" rate specials
Gift certificates for that
Special Someone who wants to hunt (Christmas, Anniversary,
Birthday, Graduation, or Just Because)
Family oriented guide service with youngsters in mind.
Hiking and backpacking (Tennessee)
Whitewater rafting (Tennessee)
Outdoor photography / wildlife viewing
Please note that we are
on or near the Cherokee Indian Reservation located in Cherokee,
NC nor the Cherokee Nation Reservation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
We do not offer hunts in the Smoky Mountain National Park, or
the immediate surrounding area near the park or the reservation.
What We Do Not Offer for all excursions
- Lodging - Lodging options range from free primitive
camping in the hunting areas to furnished cabin rentals,
motels, bed & breakfast inns and for pay campgrounds.
If you're in the area at least once a year you might want to
consider a timeshare rental or more permanent lodging
options. We can offer lodging for hunting clients.
- Food - Due to insurance liability restrictions we
cannot provide food for our clients. There are local grocery stores
and many restaurants to choose from.
- Transportation - We cannot provide transportation to or
from the hunt area. Most of the roads to the hunt area are
National Forest dirt or gravel roads. Off road vehicles are
not permitted behind any gates on Forest Service roads and
in most areas not permitted on main roads in the National
Ask your guide what the local regulations are concerning
ORV's in the hunt area you choose.
- Hunting License/Permits - The Wildlife Resources
Agency in all states requires individual identification so we cannot
provide licenses or permits.
- Hunting Equipment, ammunition, tree stands, etc.
- 100% guaranteed kills
- We do not offer "canned hunts" where
there are animals contained in a fenced in area therefore we
cannot give you a 100% guaranteed kill. We hunt the
old fashioned way, free range, fair chase as it offers our
clients a true hunting challenge.
- Meat processing - We can advise a local meat
- Taxidermy Services -
Click here for our Taxidermy recommendation.
- Brochures* (see note below)
- Full Service Guide Outfitter -
is a small, family operated guide Service only and not a
full Service lodge or outfitter.
Several important changes were made to the hunting
and trapping regulations for the 2011–2012 seasons.
Several of the primary changes are:
Big Game Hunting
- There is now one gun season for deer running
from the traditional opening date of the Saturday
before Thanksgiving, Nov. 19, 2011 until Jan. 1,
- Added Benton, Hardin, and Perry counties to Unit
L for deer hunting.
- Increased antlerless deer hunting opportunities
have been created in Benton, Hamilton, Hardin, Perry
and Union counties. (See page 30).
- WMA quota permits will be reduced from a $20
refundable fee to a $10 non-refundable fee.
- A new red deer season (Jan. 14-22, 2012) has
been created for a section of Claiborne County.
- There will be a young sportsman hunt for bear,
the same weekend of the young sportsman hunt for
deer, (Oct. 29-30).
- Caliber restrictions for muzzleloaders changed
from .40 to .36 for big game
- Fall turkey season has been moved from December
to October (15-28), which increases the number of
hunting days from 12 to 14.
- All shotguns gauges are now legal for turkey
- Wild hogs have been removed as a big game animal
and will be allowed to be taken on select WMAs
during deer hunts. Wild hogs are now listed in a new
non-protected wildlife proclamation.
Small Game Hunting
- Quail and rabbit season will open the first
Saturday in November.
- Quail season now closes the last day of January.
- Small game hunters will get almost two straight
months (Jan.- Feb.) with no interruption from big
- Chasing of rabbits during night time hours added
as a legal training activity.
- Increased raccoon seasons in South Cherokee
(includes Tellico/Ocoee bear reserves).
- The WMA previously known as Volunteer Army
Ammunition Plant in Hamilton County is now named
Enterprise South Park.
- Dry Creek WMA in Region I is open to trapping,
big game and small game hunting.
- Two new areas, Allegheny County, Md., and Hardy
County, W. Va., have been added to the Chronic
Wasting Disease (CWD) importation laws.
- Hunting arrows and bolts must be equipped with
sharpened blades." Source:
In order to continue to operate in the
most efficient manner possible, and due to increases in
paper, printing, mailing expenses, and operating costs (rapid rise in fuel expenses), for the foreseeable
future, Appalachia Adventures will no longer be
sending out printed brochures. You can use the links on the left
side of the site for detailed information. Should you have
any questions at all or require further assistance, please
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