Dove hunting season opens in Tennessee

Tennessee’s dove season opens at noon today (Sept. 1), local time, 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 must have landowners’ 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 starts today and runs through Sept. 19.