August 23, 2008
PICKWICK DAM, Tenn. --- Tennessee’s 2008-09 waterfowl hunting seasons were established by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission during its August meeting at Pickwick Landing State Park on Thursday, August 21, 2008. The TWRC serves as the governing body for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
TWRC sets the state’s waterfowl seasons each year within the framework determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Tennessee has selected the option of a 59-day duck season in the Statewide Zone for 2008-09. The Reelfoot Duck Zone will have a 60-day season.
The statewide duck season will be Nov. 28, 2008 through Jan. 25, 2009. There will be no split in the Statewide Zone. In the Reelfoot Duck Zone, the dates for 2008-09 are Nov. 15-16 and Nov.29-Jan. 25.
The youth waterfowl season will also be similar to last year with only a calendar shift. For youth ages 6-15, the Statewide Zone is Jan.31-Feb 1, 2009 while the Reelfoot Zone will be Feb. 7-8, 2009.
TWRC approved the daily bag limit of six ducks that may include no more than four mallards (no more than one female), three wood ducks, two redheads, and one black duck, pintail, and scaup. The daily bag limit of merganser is five, only two of which can be hooded mergansers.
The major changes in bag limits from last year include: the wood duck bag limit has increased from two to three ducks per day; scaup bag limits have been reduced to one per day; the hen mallard bag limit has been reduced to one per day; and canvasback season will be closed this year;
Federal frameworks for Canada goose season were extended in the Kentucky Lake Canada Goose Zone and will allow 72 days of hunting across the state. Tennessee will effectively have only two functional Canada goose zones in the Statewide Zone and the Northwest Zone.
The Statewide Zone dates for Canada goose are Oct. 4-Oct. 11 and Nov. 28-Jan. 30. The Northwest Zone dates are Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 29-Feb. 8.
Can't kill em on the couch.