Free hunting day

SAM BEDWELL


 The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency would like to remind everyone that Saturday August 28 is Free Hunting Day.  This annual event  coincides with the opening day of squirrel season.  

The TWRA provides the free day in hopes that more people will take part in one of Tennessee’s oldest and richest traditions.  The free day serves as an opportunity for people to experience the enjoyment of the sport.   Regular hunters can introduce friends and family members (young and old)  to the outdoor sport.  It is also an opportunity for those folks who have not tried hunting in a while to get back into it.  

On free hunting day, state resident hunters are exempt from hunting licenses and permit requirements.  Not all WMAs are open on Aug.28.  Hunters are asked to consult the 2010 Hunting Guide (now available) for information on particular WMA hunting possibilities or visit www.tnwildlife.org   for further information.

Hunter education requirements have not been waived for Free Hunting Day.  Anyone born after January 1, 1969 is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course before hunting.  Those under 10 years of age do not need a Hunter Education certificate, but must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device.  A one time apprentice license is available for those that are required to have the course but have not completed one.  They can be purchased at any TWRA license agent.  

The season for squirrels will begin one-half hour before legal sunrise on Aug. 28 and will close one-half hour after legal sunset each day through the end of the season on February 28, 2011.  The daily bag limit is 10 squirrels (fox,red,gray) per person per day.