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; select “hunting”, “migratory birds” and then “dove hunting”. Or go directly to the list at 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).

VIDEO: Calling all new hunters, and still-learning hunters (that’s all of us): Here is a new resource for excellent information to mentor you in your new passion. “Hunters Connect” has a large collection of videos with a wide variety of subjects on every topic an up-and-coming hunter will need to know, from purchasing your first license to tagging your first animal and everything else in between. Hunters Connect has the “How-To, When-To, Where-To, and What-To Do” in hunting methods, techniques and requirements.

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 Share it on social media.

CORRECTION: Errors in the printed version of the 2019-2020 Hunting and Trapping Guide have been discovered by the TWRA, none of them major mistakes, but noteworthy nonetheless. See the news section of for the complete list. The online version of the Guide has been corrected; see it at

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.

ONLINE: This column will not list the condensed version of the hunting season dates as it has in the past. Instead you may find it on my blog version of The Great Outdoors, under “Hunting Seasons.” All of this column’s news stories appear there, as well as some other news that breaks after the paper’s deadline. And you can find all previous stories in the archives section. Check it out at

TAG: If you enjoy social media, then you should check out the new Tagboards from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Here you can share your outdoor experiences by using #tnwildlife, #tntrophyroom or #tnboating on your favorite social media site. Whether you prefer Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Vine, or Flickr, by using one of these hashtags, you can share memories with the TWRA, your friends and family. Make sure your posts are public; private posts will not make it to the board. Go to and visit one or all three tagboards.

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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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