Migratory Bird Seasons & Bag Limits

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Migratory bird seasons are subject to change by federal framework; check TWRA website for updates.




Daily Bag

(Opens at noon on Sept. 1)
Sept. 1 Sept. 28 152
Oct. 12 Nov. 3 152
Dec. 8 Jan. 15 152
Woodcock1 Nov. 9 Dec. 1 3
Jan. 10 Jan. 31
Moorhens/Gallinules1 Sept. 1 Nov. 9 15
Crow June 1 Aug. 18 no limit
(Fri, Sat, Sun only)
Oct. 5 Jan. 1
(no day restriction)
Rails (Virginia and Sora)1 Sept. 1 Nov. 9 25
Snipe1 Nov. 14 Feb. 28 8
1. Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit required (see License Fees).

2. No limit on Eurasian collared doves; however, any doves not readily identifiable as Eurasian collared doves will be considered mourning doves and count towards the mourning dove daily bag and possession limits.

* The possession limit is three (3) times the daily limit for all migratory game birds, except opening day when it shall be the same as the daily bag limit, and the second day of the season when it shall be twice the daily bag limit, and except for crows which have no limit.