Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits

-Daily Bag Limit: The maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or combination (aggregate) of species permitted to be taken by one person in any one day during the open season in any one specified geographic area for which a daily bag limit is prescribed.
-Possession Limit: The maximum number of birds that could have legally been taken in three (3) days, except on opening day and the second day of the season when the possession limit is the daily bag limit and two times the daily bag limit, respectively.

Species Statewide Duck Zone
(the remainder of
the state outside
the Reelfoot Lake
duck Zone)
Reelfoot Duck Zone (the lands and waters
within the boundaries
of Reelfoot Lake
 WMA only)
Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Ducks
Coots
Mergansers
Nov. 25- 26, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017- Jan. 28, 2018
Nov. 11-12, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017- Jan. 28, 2018

Ducks: 6, and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be female), 3 scaup, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintails, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 2 black duck.
Coots: 15
Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

Ducks:  3 times the daily bag limit.

Coots: 45

Mergansers:  3 times the daily bag limit.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season*
(for youths 6-15 years of age)
Feb. 3, 2018 &
Feb. 10, 2018
Feb. 3, 2018 &
Feb. 10, 2018
*Federal Regulations allow only youth waterfowl hunters from 6-15 years of age to participate. An adult at least 21 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field and must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Anyone 16 years of age or older within 25 yards of the youth may not hunt any migratory gamebird that has an open seasons. Geese, coots, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks may be taken by youths during the Youth Waterfowl Season. WMA's with special closing times are open all day, each day of the Youth Waterfowl Season.
Seasons close at the end of legal shooting hours on the closing date listed.

 

 

Species Standard Season Light Goose
Conservation Season*
Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Blue, Snow & Ross' Geese
(Light Geese)
Standard federal regulations apply (unplugged shotguns and electronic calls NOT allowed)
Nov. 25-26, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017- Feb. 10, 2018

The following provisions apply during the Light Goose Conservation Season only: Unplugged shotguns, electronic calls, shooting from 30 minutes before official sunrise until 30 minutes after official sunset, no daily bag or possession limit. 

Feb. 11- Mar. 9, 2018

Standard season: 20
Conservation season:
no limit
There is no possession limit for blue, snow and ross' geese except on opening day and the second when the possession limit is the daily bag limit and two times the daily bag limit, respectively.
White-Fronted Geese Nov. 25-26, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017- Feb. 10, 2018
- 2 6
Brant Nov. 25- 26, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017- Jan. 28, 2018
- 2 6
*A Light Goose Conservation Season Permit and valid hunting license (from any state) are required
for all hunters over 16 years of age to participate in this season, available in late January.
 Buy it online at the TWRA Go Outdoor Tennessee Online Portal

 

 

map of Tennessee Canada Goose Hunting Zones

Species Statewide Canada Goose Zone
All counties and portions of
counties not included in the
Northwest Zone.
Northwest Canada Goose Zone
Lake, Obion, and Weakley County, excluding
that portion south of Hwy. 104; and
Gibson County excluding that portion
bounded on the south by Hwy 104 and
on the west by Hwy 45W.
Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Canada Geese Oct. 14-31, 2017
Nov. 25-26, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017- Jan. 28, 2018
Oct. 14-18, 2017
Nov. 11-12, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017- Feb. 10, 2018
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