Dove hunting season opens on Sept. 1

Special from the TWRA
Posted 8/26/17

The start of one of Tennessee’s most longstanding outdoor sports traditions, dove season, opens on Friday, Sept. 1, at noon.

Tennessee’s 2017 season is again divided into three segments: …

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Dove hunting season opens on Sept. 1

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The start of one of Tennessee’s most longstanding outdoor sports traditions, dove season, opens on Friday, Sept. 1, at noon.

Tennessee’s 2017 season is again divided into three segments: Sept. 1-28; Oct. 14 through Nov. 5; and Dec. 8 through Jan. 15, 2018. Hunting times, other than opening day, are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

Doves are found throughout the various regions in the state, but the highest concentration is in farming areas. The hunter must have in his/her possession a valid state hunting license and Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit at all times while hunting. Hunters must have the landowner’s permission to hunt on private land.

TWRA manages dove hunting fields in each of the four regions. For more information and the location of fields, visit http://tn.gov/twra/ article/dove.

The daily bag limit for doves is 15. There is no limit on collared doves. Doves not readily identifiable as collared will be considered mourning doves and will count toward the mourning dove daily bag limit.

No person shall take migratory game birds by the aid of baiting, or on or over any baited area.

Any auto-loading or repeating shotgun must be incapable of holding more than three shells while being used for dove hunting.

In addition to the start of dove season, the early season for Canada goose also starts on Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 15. There is a daily bag of five for Canada goose.

Other hunting seasons that open Sept. 1 are moorhens/gallinules and rails (Virginia and sora). The Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit is also required to hunt these species.

www.tnwildlife.org

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