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Bonus Deer Spark Policy Change for Tennessee Hunters


Hunters that received their permits for the Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area were surprised to find that this year's permits count against their state-wide limit. TWRA discovered that hunters were using these "bonus deer" permits to shoot smaller does and spike bucks rather than mature deer. Problems with the printing of applications led to the change in policy not being disclosed to hunters. The TWRA claims that the change is not permanent and estimates that the policy will only last two to six years. The alternative to the policy would be to eliminate hunting access to this area.

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