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The third and final segment of Tennessee’s three segment dove season returns December 8. The late season will run all the way through January 15. Bag limit remains at 15 daily.


Each year Tennessee offers a couple of segments on resident geese. This year the first one opens September 1 with a daily bag limit of five.

Hunters age 16 and over wishing to participate are reminded to obtain your Federal Duck Stamp at the local post office. And, you are also required to have the Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit in addition to the basic license package.

Numbers of resident geese are abundant across the state, although hunting them in 90-plus degree weather varies greatly from the normal winter seasons of bone chilling winds and low temperatures. Actually it’s kind of weird hunting geese with sweat running down your face!


    Sportsmen have a pretty full agenda for the next few weeks. Several important dates are about to arrive on their outdoor calendar.

    This weekend is pretty busy and kicks things off as the statewide squirrel season opens at first light Saturday morning. It has long been a tradition in Tennessee to introduce a youngster to the great outdoors with their first hunt on opening morning.

    My first hunt was more than fifty years ago but I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was special as was the preparation leading up to the early morning wake-up call.

    Stalking down an old logging road and scanning the treetops while listening to the woods wake up was quite a lot to process. Thanks to a guiding hand from my dad the fear of the unknown was negotiated much easier.

    There are a lot of different noises to a youngster in the woods for the first time. Owls hooting good night as jaybirds wake up the sleepy darkness, shouting another dawn to all things once an intruder enters the dark confines of the underbrush.

    Clumsy busy tails fumbling the big scaly bark hickory nuts from high in the treetops. They slam the forest floor with a distinct thud, helping give away the location of illusive grays. Heard but not seen. They are masters of the game of hide and seek, especially to young, inexperienced eyes.

    Sharing those type mornings yearns for more. The squirrel opener helps friends and family form a bond. The barking bushy tails are but a catalyst but the reason to rise and shine in the predawn hours and meander down dark unfamiliar trails.

    Here’s hoping you help introduce a novice to the sport this weekend. The first steps under your guidance could well chart the course of a long journey in the great outdoors.


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