Hunt the Wild Side of the South for Black Bear, Wild Boar, Feral Hogs, Wild Turkey, Coyote, Grouse & Small Game !


Appalachia Adventures / Cherokee Hunting Guide Service

 email for information or telephone 423-261-2112


Are you up to a real hunting challenge? 

 Black bear hunting in the mountains of Tennessee. will separate the men from the "boys".

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We hunt zone 3 Monroe/Polk Counties, TN

Bear Hunting Zones

"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) "


"Prohibited Acts

  • 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 Reserves

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 wild hogs during any proclaimed bear-dog hunt. "Wild hogs are no longer regarded as big game animals in Tennessee." There is no bag limit as well.

"In Region III, wild hogs may be taken incidental to deer hunts on the following WMAs: Alpine Mountain, Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Catoosa, Skinner Mountain, Standing Stone State Forest, and Tellico Lake. Wild hogs may be taken on any deer or bear hunt on South Cherokee WMA.  "

We can offer still hunts for wild hogs, black bear and deer on private land.

We use female bear urine, sow urine and doe urine for attractants. We also use other legal scent attractants.

We cannot offer tree stands due to insurance liability but if  you want to bring your own tree stand it's permitted. We can offer ground blinds only. We can accommodate two hunters at a time. When you book your hunt you will not be sharing the property with any other hunters.2015 "Anticipated**" Bear Seasons - ZONE 3

Exact dates will be posted when the TWRA announces them around late June.


2014 Zone 3

2015** Zone 3


(Dogs Allowed)

Oct. 4-12
Nov. 3-7
Dec. 1-14
Dec. 30-Jan. 2

Oct. 3-11

Nov. 2-6

Nov. 30-Dec. 13?

Dec. 29-Jan. 1


Archery Only
(No Dogs)

Sept. 27-Oct. 24

Sept.26-Oct. 23


(No Dogs)

Nov. 22-25

Nov. 21-24


Young Sportsman
G/M/A (No Dogs)

Oct. 25-26

Oct. 24-27



* 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 qualifying adult.

** 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.


Click here for : License information.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency information.

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: During those times no meat was wasted and was shared with those in need.

In early 1836, Crockett took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in March.

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.

If you want to know how we bear hunt, here's some good reading on how it was done back in 1834 when Davy Crockett was hunting black bear in Tennessee the old-fashioned way. This account was written by Mr. Crockett himself.

Davy Crockett's Bear Hunt (journal entry, 1834)

or this link


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Free Hunting Day Fourth Sat. in Aug.
Squirrel Fourth Sat. in Aug.

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. We hunt private leased property and some public property. (There are NO fenced in animals)

  • No hidden costs of any kind

  • Reasonably priced hunts for the family

  • Lodging (available at an additional charge)

  • Camera/video is permitted on all hunts

  • Combo Hunts

  • Black Bear

  • Wild Hog Hunts - Razorbacks, Piney Woods Rooters, Feral Hogs, Wild Boar

  • White Tail Deer

  • Wild Turkey

  • 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)

  • Fishing

  • Whitewater rafting (Tennessee)

  • Outdoor photography / wildlife viewing

Please note that we are not located 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 Forest. 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 processor.
  • Taxidermy Services - Click here for our Taxidermy recommendation.
  • Brochures* (see note below)
  • Full Service Guide Outfitter - Appalachia Adventures 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, 2012.
    • 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 hunting (fall/spring)

    Hog Hunting

    • 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 game seasons.
    • 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 email us: Appalachia Adventures / Cherokee Guide Service

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