The 2018-19 statewide and Reelfoot Zone waterfowl hunting season runs Dec. 1 and will continue until Jan. 27, 2019. Most goose seasons will continue through Feb. 10.
In addition to the traditional waterfowl season, the sandhill crane hunting season also starts Dec. 1. The second-year statewide season continues through Jan. 27 while the southeast zone has a divided season from Dec. 1-Jan. 17 and Jan. 21-27. The length of the season is more conservative than the number of days allowed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Hunting hours, with the exception of the sandhill cranes, are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset (except where otherwise noted).
The youth waterfowl hunting season is set for Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 2019. The season is for youth ages 6-16. This season does not include sandhill cranes.
Sportsmen are reminded not to shoot unless they are sure of their target. Many protected species of waterfowl, wading birds, and other waterbirds occur alongside the many species of waterfowl that can be legally hunted in Tennessee.
More information on waterfowl hunting in the state can be found in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2018-19 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. Waterfowl regulations were combined into one guide this year. The guide is available at TWRA regional offices, license agents, and online at www.tnwildlife.org.