The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission met in Nashville on Feb.16-17. The 2017-2018 seasons for waterfowl and other migratory birds were set. Most seasons were unchanged except for calendar date shifts; but there will be a new season and other changes worth noting here.
After four experimental hunting seasons, an operational sandhill crane season has been set for the whole state. There will be two zones, the eastern and the statewide. The eastern zone will have 1,200 tags issued to 400 hunters in an in-person drawing held in early August; the statewide zone will have 1,119 tags available, one tag per hunter, drawn by computer at a later date.
The American woodcock season will shift two weeks later to better match the birds’ migration through the state. Starting date will be the second Saturday in November. The daily bag limit for ducks will have two changes: Northern pintails will reduce from two to one; and black ducks will increase from one to two, the first increase for blacks in more than 30 years. For a complete account of the TFWC agenda, go to the news section at www.tnwildlife.org.