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 423-261-2039


Tennessee Hunts Only for the upcoming season.



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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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website

We hunt Zone 3 only

2017 Season Dates based on last seasons dates. Exact dates will be out sometime in June. We will post any changes when the TWRA decides on 2017 Hunting Season


Bag limit: 1 per license/year. Cuts under 75 lbs are prohibited. If a sow has a young cub, please do not shoot her or the cub will die as well. 

We hunt Zone 3 only in Tennessee 2017. We do not hunt with dogs.

All dates listed below are based on last season's dates for 2016 and subject to change by the TWRA.  Exact dates will be published sometime in June.

Archery - No dogs: Saturday, Sep. 23 - Oct. 20, 2017

Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 Transitional

G/M/A   dogs allowed) Monday, Sept. 25 - Sunday, October 1, 2017          Zone 2

G/M/A (dogs allowed) Monday, Nov. 27 - Sunday, Oct. - 8, 2017  Zone 3

G/M/A (dogs allowed) Monday, Oct. 2 - Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 Zone 1

G/M/A (no dogs) Young sportsman (ages 6 - 16) Saturday, Oct. 28 - Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 (must be accompanied by an adult, preferably with a hunting license) Zones 1, 2, 3

G/M/A (dogs allowed) Monday, Oct. 30 - Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 Zones 1, 2, 3

G/M/A (no dogs) Saturday, Nov. 18 - 21, 2017 Zones, 1, 2, 3

G/M/A (dogs allowed) Monday, Nov. 27 - Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 Zone 3

G/M/A (dogs allowed) Monday, Nov. 27 - Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 Zone 1

G/M/A (dogs allowed) Monday, Nov. 27 - Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 (questionable date until around June) Zone 2

G/M/A (dogs allowed) Thursday, Dec. 28 - Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 Zone 3

Last year's season dates as a comparison


S/A Young Sportsman (ages 6-16): Mar. 25-26, 2017

Daily bag: 1 bearded bird per day. Counts toward

spring season bag of four (4).

S/A Apr. 1-May 14, 2017

Bag limit: 4 bearded birds. No more than 1 per day.

Please see the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Guide for detailed 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)

  • 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 -
  • 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.


    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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