Sept. 1 is Tennessee’s traditional opening day for mourning dove, a Sunday this year. The shooting begins at noon on opening day only; regular shooting times are 30 minutes before sunrise till 30 minutes after. The daily bag limit is 15. In addition, the exotic collared dove is eligible and it has no limit.
The first dove segment ends on Sept. 28; the season continues Oct. 12 to Nov. 3 and Dec. 8 to Jan. 15. Remember that for dove and waterfowl you need the small game license AND the two-dollar migratory bird permit (as well as later for woodcock and Wilson snipe). Remember to install your shotgun’s two-shot magazine plug.
A list of leased public hunting areas and available wildlife management areas, all free of charge, is ready at www.tnwildlife.org; select “hunting”, “migratory birds” and then “dove hunting”. Or go directly to the list at www.tn.gov/content/tn/twra/hunting/migratory-birds/dove.html#fields. Check it often for updates.
The resident Canada goose season opens Sept. 1-22 with a daily bag limit of five. Brant, blue, snow, and Ross’s geese share this early season (daily limit is one). Also, Sept. 1 to Nov. 9 is the season for moorhens/gallinules and rails (Virginia and sora).
Hunters Connect was put online this month by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) as the next step after the hunter’s traditional introduction to the sport. The video library grows weekly and you can request new topics of interest to you.
Lastly, Hunters Connect is a valuable asset for the thousands of volunteer hunter ed instructors as they continue to teach and lead and mentor the next generation of hunters. See it all at www.youtube.com/HuntersConnect. Share it on social media.
The most significant misprint that could affect many hunters is the closing date for archery bear season in the Transitional Zone: It is Oct. 25 (not Nov. 25). Another subject is the description of legal traps. Most of the other errors concern regulations on certain wildlife management areas.