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Waterfowl Season Starts Across Tennessee December 2 Through January 28

Thursday, December 07, 2006 | 06:00pm

The second, and longest segment, of waterfowl season will open December 2 across the state as duck and goose hunters head out for their favorite time of the year in hopes of falling temperatures and migrating ducks.


If the weather cooperates and drives ducks down from the north, it could be a good season for Tennessee duck hunters between December 2 and January 28, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has estimated that 36 million ducks of various species inhabit North America.
Many duck hunters have already had their first experience of the year, hunting November 25-26 during the brief opening segment of the season. With 58 days still ahead, the hope—as always—is that birds will settle into the state in search for warmer temperatures and food in Tennessee.
Hunters need to remember that they must have—in addition to their Tennessee hunting licenses and/or permits—the federal duck stamp signed and in their possession.
They must also have their shotguns plugged so that no more than three shells can be loaded into their firearm at any time. And, they must be shooting steel or other non-toxic shot. Lead shot is illegal for waterfowl.
Waterfowl hunting begins each day one half-hour before sunrise until sunset (check guides for closing days and times on TWRA Wildlife Management Areas). Waterfowl guides that have rules and regulations can be obtained from businesses where hunting license are sold. The guide can also be found in electronic form here: 2006 Tennessee Waterfowl Hunting Guide.
The daily bag limit for the 2006-2007 season is six ducks. These six cannot contain more than 4 mallards (no more than 1 may be female), 1 black duck, 2 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail and 1 canvasback.

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