Sept. 1 is the traditional opening day for mourning dove, a Thursday this year. The shooting begins at noon on the opener but a half-hour before sunrise after that; the first segment ends on Sept. 28. The daily bag limit is 15. In addition the exotic collared dove (pictured at left) is eligible and it has no limit. Dove season continues Oct. 8-30 and Dec 8 – Jan. 15.
A list of leased public hunting areas and available wildlife management areas is ready at www.tnwildlife.org; select “hunting”, “migratory birds” and then “dove hunting”. Remember that in addition to the basic Hunting and Fishing Combination license, the Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit (two dollars) is also required. And remember to install your shotgun’s magazine plug.
The resident Canada goose season opens Sept. 1 – 15 with a daily bag limit of five. Even though these big birds have forgotten how to migrate, the Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit is required here, too (as well as for woodcock and Wilson snipe).