Tennessee’s 2021 spring turkey hunting season opened in most areas of the state on Saturday, April 3.
In an effort to help the turkey population in specific areas, the season starts April 17 in the new Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) unit (consisting of Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties) and in Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Wayne counties in Middle Tennessee. The Young Sportsman Hunt is April 10-11 in these counties. The season concludes May 16 in all areas.
Turkey hunting is an excellent way to keep social distance, enjoy the outdoors, and take part in a popular activity, which has seen tremendous growth in recent years.
This will be the second spring turkey season to “Tag Before You Drag” where hunters tag their big game animal in the field prior to moving. Hunters are able to use the TWRA on the Go app to simply E-tag and report their harvest in the field in one easy step, with or without cell phone service, prior to moving.
If you do not have a phone, attach one of the temporary transportations tags that’s printed at the bottom of your license this year and you have until midnight on the same day of the harvest, or before leaving the state, to check in your harvest online at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com or at one of several manned check stations. Temporary transportation tags can also be obtained by logging in at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com.
One bearded turkey is allowed per day, not to exceed the new spring season limit of three bearded turkeys (two birds in the MAV unit).
A hunting and fishing combination (Type 001), plus a supplemental big game license, or a sportsman license is required. More information on the 2021 spring turkey season can be found in the 2020-21 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide. The guide is online at www.tnwildlife.org and available at TWRA offices and license agents.
Hunting hours are 30 minutes prior to legal sunrise until legal sunset – times found based on your location in the TWRA On the Go app. Legal hunting equipment includes shotguns using ammunition loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller, longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows.
Firearms and archery equipment may have sighting devices, except those devices utilizing an artificial light capable of locating wildlife.
Preview of migratory 2021-22 gamebird hunting seasons now available online
A preview of Tennessee’s 2021-22 migratory gamebird hunting seasons and regulations is now available for viewing on Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website, (www.tnwildlife.org on the Commission page). The preview was originally scheduled to be made at the March meeting, but the meeting had to be cancelled.
TWRA is now welcoming comments on the migratory gamebird hunting and regulations. Comments may be emailed to TWRA.HuntingComments@tn.gov or mailed to Migratory Gamebird Comments, TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division, 5107 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211.
All changes are within the federal frameworks and includes simple date changes for the 2021-22 calendar. There is a modification to the crow season, which will allow it to coincide with phase 1 of the dove season. All sandhill crane tags will be issued by computer drawing.
The proposals include additional language to veterans and active military personnel waterfowl hunting days. During the veterans and active military personnel waterfowl season, non-veteran or non-active military personnel may be present, however, only veterans or active military persons may hunt. When other migratory bird seasons (e.g. goose seasons) are open during the veterans and active military waterfowl season, any properly licensed youth or adult not accompanied by veterans or active military may harvest legal game.
The recommended crow season is June 12-July 12 (phase 1), September 1-first Sunday in September (phase 2), second Friday in September-December 20 (phase 3, Friday, Saturday, Sunday only) and January 1-February 28 (phase 4, no day restrictions).
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote on the seasons and regulations at its April 22-23 meeting scheduled at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.