Sportsman’s Paradise

Written By David Brashears

For those looking to have a solid hunting experience, Johnson City is a prime location to stay while on your trip.  There are several Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) managed hunting areas to choose from and a thriving white tail deer population for you.  The Cherokee National Forest covers approximately 650,000 acres across 10 East Tennessee Counties.  The USDA Forest Service and the TWRA manage the land cooperatively and are the best resource to find out about hunting regulations and seasons to plan your trip.

The game animals available for hunting in the Johnson City area is varied and offers several levels of difficulty and seasons to choose from.  All within an easy day drive to the downtown area, with plenty of dining and entertainment options to celebrate at the end of your adventure.  Below are some examples of the local game you can hunt;

  • Wild turkey
  • Ruffed grouse,
  • White-tailed deer
  • Black bear
  • Wild boar
  • Squirrel
  • Raccoon
  • Assorted small game

For more information and to get the latest hunting reports, we suggest reaching out to the TWRA agents in the areas you are interested in hunting.  They will be happy to help you plan your trip and guide you through licensing, regulations, seasons, and laws for hunting your favorite game in that particular area.

So, if you are an outdoorsman looking for a great hunting or fishing encounter, you either already know about all that Johnson City, TN has to offer, or you are now curious about all that’s here.  One thing we can say with a great deal of confidence, you will always find a friendly community of local sportsman that are ready to help you plan your trip.  We’re proud to have so many outdoor resources in our region, and we look forward to sharing an adventure with you.

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