Dove season

A young hunter takes aim during a dove hunt.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s dove season opened Sept. 1. It was the annual start of one of the state’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions.

Tennessee’s dove season is once again divided into three segments: Sept. 1-Sept. 28; Oct. 9-Oct. 31; and Dec. 8-Jan. 15, 2022. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

Doves are found throughout the various regions in the state, but the highest concentration is in farming areas. The hunter must have in his/her possession a valid state hunting license and Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit at all times while hunting.

Hunters also must have landowner’s permission to hunt on private land.

The daily bag limit for mourning 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.

In addition to the start of dove season, the early season for Canada goose, brant, blue, snow, and Ross’ Geese (light geese) also started Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 19.

Other hunting seasons that opened Sept. 1 are moorhens/gallinules and rails (Virginia and sora).

The Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit is also required to hunt these species.

A new short crow hunting season will resume Sept. 10 through Dec. 20 and hunting is allowed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only in this segment.

More information on Tennessee’s dove and other migratory birds can be found on the TWRA website,, in the Hunting section.

The 2021-22 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide can also be viewed on the website, the TWRA App, or a copy may be obtained at any TWRA regional office or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

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