Tennessee dove hunting season opens Sunday, Sept. 1 at noon.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offers hunts on various wildlife management areas, although rainy, wet conditions have not been conducive to the best crops and prepared fields this year. TWRA also provides public hunting through lease agreements with area farmers. Click here for information on public hunts in the Chattanooga area.
Tennessee’s 2013 season will again be divided into three segments: Sept. 1 through Sept. 26, Oct. 12 through Oct. 27 and Dec. 19 through Jan. 15. Hunting times, other than opening day, are a half-hour before sunrise until sunset.
In addition to the start of dove season, the early season for Canada geese also starts Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 15. There is a daily bag limit of five for Canada geese.
Dove hunters must have in his/her possession a valid state hunting license and Tennessee migratory bird permit at all times while hunting. Hunters must have the landowner’s permission to hunt on private land.
The daily bag limit is 15. Remember that shotguns used for hunting migratory birds must be incapable of holding more than three shells. Every year, wildlife officers run across new guns or borrowed guns in the field where hunters have neglected to check to be sure it is "plugged" to only hold the allowed number of shells.
The Georgia dove season opens at noon on Saturday, Sept. 7. The official 2013-2014 dove seasons are Sept. 7-22, Oct. 12-20 and Nov. 28-Jan. 11. Shooting hours are noon until sunset on opening day and a half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season dates. Sunrise and sunset times for each day are found in the 2013-2014 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide or online.
In 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Research Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—in cooperation with several states, including Georgia—initiated an ongoing dove banding project. Hunters can participate in this conservation effort by examining harvested doves for leg bands and reporting band numbers to the USFWS by calling 1-800-327-BAND.
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