Dove advisory: Dove season opens Sept. 1 and the TWRA offers hunters some important reminders:
Anyone born after 1969 must complete a Hunter Education class in order to get a license. A special one-time exemption is available. Check the Trapping & Hunting Guide for details.
The dove is classified as a migratory bird in Tennessee, and a Migratory Bird permit is required in addition to a state license. Again, check the Hunting Guide for information.
Most importantly, hunting over a baited field is a violation and can result in a citation. The definition of a "baited" field can be confusing, and it is the responsibility of the hunter to understand and obey the regulations.
Area F&S finalist: A Murfreesboro man who has been in the forefront of the state's quail-restoration efforts has been named one of four finalists for Field & Stream's Heroes of Conservation Award.
Ron Crabtree has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore Tennessee's dwindling quail population, attending Tennessee Wildlife Commission meeting for the past 12 years to advocate for the cause.
The F&S award winner will gain national attention for the cause he supports, along with a $5,000 cash prize and a new car.
Hunting guides: The 2014 Tennessee Trapping and Hunting Guide is available for free at most outdoor outlets.
While there are no major changes from last year's state-wide regulations, there are some changes in regional or county rules and hunters are advised to check on them before going afield.
Tick warning: During early hunting seasons such as squirrel and dove seasons, it's a good idea to use insect repellent to ward off ticks. While most tick bites are more irritating than serious, some can result in infections and transmission of such diseases as Lyme Disease.
Aug. 23: Squirrel season opens
Sept. 1: Dove season opens
Sept. 27: Deer archery season opens
Oct. 11-26: fall turkey season
Nov. 8: deer muzzleloader season opens
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