The late entry small game seasons are about to commence. Rabbit and quail seasons open Nov. 3 and Wilson snipe opens Nov. 14. All three of these seasons close on Feb. 28. The daily bag limits are five for rabbit, six for quail and eight for snipe. Dove’s second segment closes on Nov. 4, but will reopen Dec. 8 to Jan. 15, limit of 15 per day.

The woodcock season has been shifted two weeks later on the calendar to better match the bird’s southerly migration through Tennessee. It now runs Nov. 10 to Dec. 24 with a daily bag limit of three. Remember that the Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit ($2) is required for dove, snipe and woodcock.

The muzzleloading deer season runs Nov. 3-16 for all the big game units. The limit on bucks is the same for all units, two, which happens to be the annual maximum for the state. The antlerless limit depends on the unit: Units A and B are two each; units C and D are one each; Unit L is three per day. Note that the antlerless bag limits are per unit; a limit may be taken in each unit.

OUTER: If you are an “Outer” — a man or woman who enjoys the great outdoors — this free app that can really make a difference in our environment: Wild Spotter™. Everyone venturing into our national forests is encouraged to keep a keen eye out for harmful non-native plants and animals, and report them on the Wild Spotter app.

Launched in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, University of Georgia and Wildlife Forever, Wild Spotter helps to identify, map and report invasive species to better assist the U.S. Forest Service with managing public lands.

In just over six months Wild Spotter already has been downloaded and used by hundreds of people hunting, fishing, hiking or simply exploring national forests. Field reports by citizens of invasive species are helping to locate problem areas. Endorsed by dozens of conservation groups from around the country, the program leverages tools such as a its app, Facebook page and website.

Executive Vice President of Wildlife Forever Pat Conzemius, stated, “Our public lands under attack. Invasive species are contributing to habitat loss around the country. Sportsmen and women have long been on the front lines of conservation so Wild Spotter is a perfect stewardship program to use to engage and protect our favorite places.”

Wild Spotter demand is growing. Piloted on 12 national forests from coast to coast, the app appeals to citizen scientists, recreationists, volunteer groups, and youth clubs venturing outdoors and looking to help protect their favorite wild places from aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. To participate visit the website at www.WildSpotter.org and follow along on Facebook. Download the free Wild Spotter app for Apple and Android devices.

Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat, and management of fish and wildlife. As a non-profit, 501c3 charity for over 30 years, WF supporters have donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct fish, game and habitat conservation projects. Recent audits reveal 94 percent of every dollar supports their conservation mission. To become involved visit www.WildlifeForever.org.

PLANTING: Here is some state money to help concerned citizens beautify their communities.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has grant dollars available to assist community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups with riparian tree planting projects. The best tree planting season in Tennessee is December through March. The TWRA will accept proposals through Nov. 30, 2018.

Five grants of $500 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects, a total of $2,500 per region. The grants require the group to have a nonprofit tax number.

The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2019.

Applicants should have complete contact information in their request, including the leader’s tax number. The proposal should also include the name of the stream, county or counties involved, and the project area and description. For more information contact Della Sawyers at 615-781-6577 or by email at Della.Sawyers@tn.gov.

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Tom Wiest is a long time columnist on all matters outdoors. He welcomes news, questions and comments from readers.

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