Turkey hunting season to close; squirrel season to open

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, May 10, 2016

NASHVILLE — The spring hunting season for turkeys is heading down the home stretch with harvest numbers currently similar to last year.

Tennessee turkey hunters have surpassed the 30,000 harvest mark for the 14th consecutive year. With less than a week remaining, the harvest stands at 30,376 as compared to 30,002 for the same period last year.  The mark was passed during the next-to-last weekend of the season.

Maury County is on pace to be the top harvest county again this year with its current harvest at 895. Rounding out the current top 10 counties are Montgomery (828), Greene (715), Dickson (700), Sumner (653), Wilson (605), Stewart (553), Henry (548), Robertson (546), and Rutherford (506).

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The 2016 spring turkey closes at sunset on Sunday, May 15. Hunting hours for turkeys are 30 minutes before legal sunrise until legal sunset.

Tennessee’s spring hunting season for gray, fox and red squirrels opens Saturday, May 14 and will continue through Sunday, June 12.

The daily bag limit is 10, the same for the fall/winter squirrel season which is held from late August to the end of February.

There are five species of tree squirrels found in Tennessee. Two species, the southern flying squirrel and the northern flying squirrel, are not hunted. They are small, nocturnal and seldom seen.

For more information on Tennessee hunting seasons and license information, obtain a 2015-16 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at TWRA Regional Offices and at hunting and fishing license agents or go online to TWRA’s website www.tnwildlife.org to view a copy of the guide.