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Dove season begins again Saturday

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The first segment of the 2013 dove season concluded on Sept. 26. The second segment starts on Oct. 12 and will continue for 15 days through Oct. 27.

The third and final segment of the season will start Dec. 19 and concludes Jan. 15, 2014.

In addition to the start of the second segment of dove season, grouse season (closed west of Interstate 65) will also open on Oct. 12. It runs through Feb. 28, 2014 with a daily bag limit of three.

For doves, the daily bag limit is 15. There is no limit on collared doves. Doves not readily identifiable as collared doves will be considered mourning doves and will count toward the mourning dove daily bag limit. No person shall take migratory game birds by the aid of baiting, or on or over any baited area. Any auto-loading or repeating shotgun must be incapable of holding more than three shells while dove hunting.

More information on Tennessee’s hunting seasons can be found on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website (www.tnwildlife.org) under the “For Hunters” section. The 2013 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide and the 2013-14 Tennessee Waterfowl Guide can also be viewed on the website or a copy may be obtained at any TWRA regional office or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.