Dove season opens Wednesday

Dove season opens Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 9:07 pm

Dove season opens Wednesday | Dove season opens Wednesday
One of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor traditions will begin with the opening of mourning dove season. Dove season officially begins across the state at noon Wednesday.
Tennessee’s 2010 season will again be divided into three segments: Wednesday through Sept. 26; Oct. 9-24; and Dec. 19 through Jan. 15, 2011. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset for all other days.
According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, doves are found throughout the various regions in the state, but the most concentration is in farming areas. The hunter must have on his/her person 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. 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, according to TWRA. 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 dove hunting.
More information on Tennessee’s dove season can be found on the TWRA website (www.tnwildlife.org) under the “For Hunters” section.
Published in The Messenger 8.31.10

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