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Duck Season Opens November 26

Tennessee's 2005-2006 statewide duck season will open Saturday, November 26, 2005, one-half hour before sunrise. The season will run from November 26 and November 27 and then reopen on December 3 and continue through January 29, 2006. The season for canvasbacks is Dec. 31, 2005 - January 29, 2006.

TWRA Wildlife Officers would like to remind all waterfowl hunters that now is a good time to inspect their boats to make sure all of their safety equipment is in order. Two areas of primary concern are running lights and personal flotation devices (PFD's).

Waterfowl hunters also need to review the Federal Regulations Summary in the 2005-2006 State Waterfowl Hunting Guide. Duck hunters need to be aware that Federal law states: No person shall give, put or leave any migratory game birds at any place or in the custody of another person unless the birds are tagged by the hunter with the following information: The hunter's signature, address, the total number of birds involved by species and the dates the birds were killed. No person or business shall receive or have in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another unless such birds are properly tagged. This means a waterfowl hunter who gives his or her ducks, geese, and other waterfowl to another person and does not follow this procedure is putting themselves and the other person in violation of the law.

The daily bag limit for the 2005-2006 season is six ducks. These six cannot contain more than 4 mallards (no more than 1 may be female), 1 black duck, 2 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 red heads, 1 pintail and 1 canvasback (Dec. 31, 2005 - Jan. 29, 2006).

Waterfowl hunting regulations are available anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold and here: 2005 Tennessee Waterfowl Hunting Guide.