Limited Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Approved By Commission

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to approve the state’s first sandhill crane hunting season during its August meeting which concluded Friday. 

The inaugural season will be held From Nov. 28 through Jan. 1, 2014. It is more conservative than what is allowed by the USFWS, officials said. 

Hunting hours will be sunrise daily until to 3 p.

m. There will be 400 permits available and each permit will carry a limit of three birds. Hunters receiving a permit will be required to pass a crane identification test before their permits become valid. Details of the drawing will be available at a later date.

During the process leading to the final commission vote, various presentations were made to the commission providing as much information possible to determine if Tennessee should move forward with implementation of a sandhill crane hunt. Presentations were also made by individuals both for and against the hunt during Thursday’s committee meeting. After the establishment of the season was approved unanimously by the Wildlife Management Committee on Thursday, the full commission unanimously voted to approve the hunt during Friday’s meeting.

Concerning the other waterfowl seasons, the statewide season will open Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) and run for 60 days.

For late waterfowl seasons, the possession limit has been increased from two times the daily limit to three times the daily limit. This does not change the daily bag limit.


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