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Tennessee Duck Hunting Report
EARLY DUCK SEASON...COOL WEATHER COINCIDE
week’s cool snap arrived right on schedule for Tennessee’s early wood
duck and teal season. The short segment opens Saturday for a short
window of opportunity for waterfowlers wanting to kick-start the winter
season opens each year on the second Saturday of September with the
first five days offering the combo of wood ducks and teal. Another four
days were tacked on a couple of years ago but the additional segment is
ducks are known to raise throughout Tennessee and the backwater swamps
and sloughs are perfect habitat for woodies. There numbers seemed to be
pretty good but they sometimes linger in areas hard to access.
of TWRA’s wildlife management areas offer a little activity such as West
Sandy. Reelfoot Lake is also popular for the early wood duck and teal
season as the shallow lily pad infested backwaters appeal to teal and
Homra Guide Service
Tennessee’s early season will be wood duck/teal September 9 through
September 13, then teal only September 14 through September17. Shooting
hours are one half hour before sunrise until sunset.
The limit is six ducks, but no more than two of the
six may be wood ducks during the September 9 through September 13
segment of the season.
Tennessee residents must have either a Lifetime or Sportsman license or
the Hunting and Fishing Combination license and a State waterfowl
license. Nonresidents are required to have the appropriate nonresident
Youths 13 through 15 years of age must have a Junior Hunting license but
are not required to have a State Waterfowl license. All hunters, sixteen
years old and older, must have a Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. All
hunters born on or after January 1, 1969 must possess proof that they have
successfully completed a hunter education course.
All migratory bird hunters (resident and nonresident) age 13-64 are
required to have the Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit. This permit is
available anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
The early season is a great time to introduce a novice hunter to the sport
and put a little polish on a new retriever pup.
Here is a phone video clip from a Reelfoot Lake youth hunt..."Smokin
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