Dove hunting, Labor Day holidays on the lake and more

Johnson City Press • Aug 29, 2018 at 7:45 PM

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency released a series of announcements on Wednesday in a news release. 

Dove hunting season opens Saturday

Dove season opens on Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon local time, the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most longstanding outdoor sports traditions.

Tennessee’s 2018 dove season is again divided into three segments: Sept. 1-28; Oct. 13-Nov. 4; and Dec. 8-Jan. 15. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Officials said the daily bag limit for doves 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. 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 being used for dove hunting, according to regulations.

In addition to the start of dove season, the early season for Canada goose, brant and blue, snow and Ross’ Geese (light geese) also starts on Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 16.

Other hunting seasons that open Sept. 1 are moorhens/gallinules and rails (Virginia and sora). The Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit is also required to hunt these species.

Eric Anderson receives Officer of the Year Award

Eric Anderson, of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has been honored by the Shikar-Safari Club International as its 2017 Tennessee Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Anderson serves as a wildlife officer in Sumner County. He was recognized at the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The annual award from the conservation-based organization honors the officer whose efforts during the year display outstanding performance and achievement among TWRA law enforcement personnel. Anderson is among a distinguished group of officers nationwide to receive the honor.

2018 Labor Day Holiday Boating Weekend 

TWRA officers will be on the watch during the Labor Day weekend for dangerous boating behavior, such as boating under the influence and other reckless operation. To date in 2018 on Tennessee waters, there have been 21 boating-related fatalities. There have been 37 serious injury incidents and 34 property damage incidents. Officials also reported 65 BUI arrests.

During the 2017 Labor Day boating weekend, there were four boating-related fatalities. The fatal incidents occurred on Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Reservoir and Kentucky Lake. TWRA is continuing investigation of the incidents. Officers also made four BUI arrests and investigated a pair of property damage incidents.

Comment period open on 2019-20 fishing regulation proposals 

The TWRA’s Fisheries Division presented its proposed 2019-20 fishing regulation proposals during the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s August meeting held at TWRA’s Region II Ray Bell Building.

The public is invited to provide comments on the proposals. The deadline for sport fishing comments is Sept. 14. To provide comments, email TWRA at [email protected], or write to TWRA Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204.

The TFWC will vote on the sport fish and commercial fish regulations at its Sept.20-21 meeting to be held in Knoxville. If approved, TWRA officials say the sport fishing changes would become effective March 1. 

To take a look at some recent proposals, as well as other information on announcements listed above, visit www.tn.gov/twra.

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