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Tennessee Duck Hunting Report
EARLY SEASON A GAMBLE FOR TEAL AND WOOD DUCKS
You could say waterfowlers hoping to catch the early migration of
blue-wing teal passing through Tennessee are rolling the dice.
Itís always a gamble when the wood duck and teal seasons open as the
window of opportunity is short. Teal blow through like the pass of an
Amtrak Train; fast and somewhat of a blurr as they go by.
year duck hunters get the opportunity to jump start the regular season
by making a few early escapades to the backwater swamps and sloughs once
the September seasons roll around. Short and sweet pretty much sums it
The five day wood duck and teal combo opens Saturday. Hunters are
allowed six ducks but not more than two can be woodies.
After the five day combo thereís an additional four days tagged on the
end for a teal only segment.
And, the early season on geese is still underway too but draws to a
close on Thursday, September 15.
Hunters are hoping for a cool snap that might trigger the migration
of teal. Known to push through the region quickly, a little weather
change can make or break the short season. Without it, empty skies could
be the norm.
A few swamps and back water areas
scattered across West Tennessee usually harbor decent broods of wood
ducks but sightings along the main lake itself this year are down
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Reasons for a decline in wood duck hatches and recruitment are somewhat
disturbing as well. However, wood duck reproduction is dynamic and
varies from year to year. Weather and water conditions have a lot of
influence throughout the spring and early summer as to recruitment.
Meanwhile the early season is always special and enjoyable to some
in the waterfowling community who love the chance to head out to the
marshes and share another sunrise with friends and future duck hunters.
Itís a great time to introduce a youngster to the sport. Itís not too
cold and itís not really an all morning affair.
The early season is also a good time to help put polish on the pup.
From veteran dogs that havenít been in a hunting scenario since last
winter to a new pup experiencing it all and going through the motions
for the first time, this early season offers a little on the job
training for all concerned.
If you plan to participate make sure all hunters age 16 and over in the
party have their Federal Duck Stamp. And, donít forget to pick up the
Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit too.
Empty the buckets of all dove shells too as no lead shot is allowed in
your coat or buckets while waterfowl hunting.
early season will also test your hip boots or waders for leaks, not to
mention stubborn flashlights. Will the boat motor still run and are the
running lights working properly?
Itís a shakedown for sure in the wee hours of the morning. A lot of time
and effort which the ducks donít always appreciate!
Here is a phone video clip from a Reelfoot Lake youth hunt..."Smokin
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