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TWRA announces Dove Season Opens Friday, September 1st

Early Canada Goose Season Also Begins

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Dove season opens on Friday, September 1st, 2017 at noon (local time), the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions.

Tennessee’s 2017 season is again divided into three segments: September 1st through September 28th; October 14th through November 5th; and December 8th through January 15th, 2018.

Dove Season in Tennessee begins September 1st, 2017.
Dove Season in Tennessee begins September 1st, 2017.

Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.Father, Son Dove hunting edge of corn field.-Haynes Btm. WMA

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 landowner’s permission to hunt on private land.

TWRA manages dove hunting fields in each of the four regions. For more information and 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 doves 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 September 1st and runs through September 15th. There is a daily bag of five for Canada goose.

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

More information on Tennessee’s dove and other migratory birds can be found on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website by clicking here. The 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide can also be viewed on the website or a copy may be obtained at any TWRA regional office or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.


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