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Small Game Species

Migratory Birds

Furbearers

Other

Coots Beaver Armadillo
Crow Bobcat Bullfrog
Gallinules/Moorhens Coyote Collared Dove
Mourning Dove Fox Grouse
Waterfowl: Ducks & Geese Groundhog Quail
Snipe Mink Rabbit
Woodcock Muskrat Squirrel
Rails Opossum
River Otter
Raccoon
Skunk
Weasel

Hunting Seasons

All hunting seasons are closed unless opened by specific Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission proclamations.

Possession limit is twice the daily bag limit, except for migratory game birds, and except on opening day. Dogs allowed for hunting all small game species, except on specific WMAs where indicated.

Armadillo, beaver, coyote, groundhog, striped skunk – Open year-round, no limit.

Fox, mink, muskrat, ottera, spotted skunk, weasel – Open Nov. 22, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020 no limit.

Bobcatb – Open Nov. 22, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020. Limit 1 per day.

  1. All river otters harvested must be tagged by harvester with Tennessee U. S. CITES tags. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions.
  2. Bobcat pelts must be tagged with Tennessee U.S. CITES tags in order to be exported from the U.S. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions

Bullfrog Hunting

All waters of the state are open to bullfrog hunting except waters within state and federal wildlife refuges. Season is open year-round, except on TWRA managed lakes the season is June 1–30. Bag limit is 20 per person, per night. The use of firearms is prohibited for bullfrog hunting on wildlife management areas and TWRA lakes, except air guns may be used. Only domestically raised bullfrogs or parts thereof may be sold. A hunting license is required to take bullfrogs. No WMA permit is required.

Raccoon and Opossum Hunting

Opossum can be taken during the raccoon hunting season. No limit. Night is defined as one 24-hour period beginning at sunset.

Private Land Season – Open sunset July 1 through sunset Sept. 18, 2019. Bag limit is 1 per person per night. WMAs and all other public lands are closed during this period. Closed in Scott, Morgan, Roane, Rhea, Hamilton counties and all other Tennessee counties east of those counties.

Statewide – Opens sunrise Sept. 19, 2019 – sunrise Feb. 29, 2020; bag limit 2 per person per night.

Raccoon Dog Training (no taking)

Year-round except where regulated by Private Acts. The following counties are regulated by Private Acts: DeKalb County is open for year-round training except in the portion lying south and west of State Hwy. 96 and U. S. Hwy. 70 where the training season will open 30 days prior to the hunting season. Refer to specific WMA listings for WMA raccoon dog training seasons.

Trapping Seasons

Beaver, coyote, groundhog – Open year-round, no limit.

Bobcata, fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, otterb, raccoon, spotted skunk, striped skunk, weasel – Open Nov. 22, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020; no limit

  1. Bobcat pelts must be tagged with Tennessee U. S. CITES tags in order to be exported from the U. S. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions.
  2. All river otters harvested must be tagged by harvester with Tennessee U. S. CITES tags. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions.

Dog Training

Training of bird dogs and squirrel dogs is permitted year-round on private lands, during daylight hours only. Training of rabbit dogs is permitted year round on private lands day and night. The chasing of foxes with hounds is permitted year-round, day and night. A hunting license is required while training dogs except when a person is competing in recognized field trials. When training on a WMA, a small game permit (see License Fees) is required. Refer to specific WMA listings for WMA dog training seasons. See Unit CWD for bear dog training.