Tennessee’s 2018-19 duck hunting season ends on Sunday, Jan. 27. The Youth Waterfowl hunting season will follow on two Saturdays, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, for the Statewide and the Reelfoot Duck Zones. Hunters ages 6-12 are eligible and must be accompanied by an adult (21 years or older), who cannot hunt ducks but can participate in other waterfowl seasons. One adult may supervise more than one hunter.

The daily bag limit is six ducks, consisting of no more than four mallards (maximum of two females), three wood, three scaup, two redhead, one pintail, two canvasback and two black.

Canada goose season ends on Jan. 27 in the Statewide Zone and Feb. 10 in the Northwest Zone. For most other goose species, the Standard Season ends on Feb. 10. The daily bag limit is 20.

For blue, snow and Ross geese there is an extra Conservation Season that runs Feb. 11 through March 18. But, there is now a free Light Goose Conservation Season Permit required to hunt during the Conservation Season, available in late January on the TWRA website. No federal or state waterfowl stamps are required, but a license is required, and it can be from any state. In this season there is no daily bag limit; also, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are allowed. See the waterfowl section of www.tnwildlife.org. You can track the fall migration of waterfowl with real-time hunting reports from Ducks Unlimited at www.ducks.org.

PHOTOS: Your best photographs of wildlife native to Tennessee, or fishing, boating and hunting activities in Tennessee could be good enough for publication in Tennessee Wildlife magazine. The winners of the 2019-20 photo contest will appear in next year’s calendar edition of the magazine in August. Photographers will earn $60 per photograph.

The deadline for submissions is March 20. The format is horizontal digital images on disk (no prints) in JPEG; high resolution (300 dpi) sized no smaller than 8½ x 11 is required. Each disk submitted must have the name of the photographer, address and telephone number; disks cannot be returned. Photographers may submit up to 10 entries each year.

Entries can be mailed to: Tennessee Wildlife Magazine, Calendar Issue, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, Tennessee 37204. To see some previously winning photographs or for more information, go to the older news section of www.tnwildlife.org. Tennessee Wildlife is the official magazine for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Subscription rates for Tennessee Wildlife begin at $10 per year.

CWD: Eleven additional Tennessee deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). TWRA received the results from 140 deer that were harvested Dec. 5-16 in West Tennessee.

The 11 deer testing preliminarily positive were from Fayette and Hardeman counties, in the CWD Management Zone. There were six males and five females, ranging in age from 1½ to 3½ years old. All were from within a few miles of the original 13 positive deer. If confirmed, the total would be 24 CWD positive deer from Fayette and Hardeman counties.

“The instance of more positives was fully expected, and this doesn’t change our plan of response or recent regulation changes made by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission,” CWD Coordinator Chuck Yoest said. “We do expect to find even more positives in the CWD Management Zone since we have increased sampling and the disease occurs there. Increase sampling is to determine disease prevalence and spatial distribution.”

CWD originally was confirmed in 13 deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties in December. On Dec. 20 in a special called meeting, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to establish a CWD management zone, which also includes McNairy County as a CWD positive deer was confirmed within 10 miles of that county’s border.

A new deer season (archery/muzzleloader/gun) has been added to Fayette, Hardeman and McNairy counties running until Jan. 31. Additionally, deer season will be open for all hunters of any age during the originally scheduled statewide Young Sportsman Hunt on Jan. 12-13 in these three counties.

All hunters harvesting deer there and in McNairy County on weekends through the end of the month are required to check the deer at a physical check station. Hunters harvesting a deer on weekdays are encouraged to use the CWD drop-off locations in the CWD management zone and surrounding counties. For a location and more information, go to www.CWDinTennessee.com.

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