The 2019 Regional Hunts will be:
Region I - TBA
Region II - Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2, Erin, TN
Region III - Saturday, Sept. 7 Rossville, GA
Region IV - Sunday, Sept. 1, Surgoinsville, TN
This is the South, and there is nothing more southern than sweet tea, pit-cooked barbecue and an opening week dove hunt. There’s a joy that comes from finally being in the field after all those days just thinking about it. It’s the first time in months that many will pull the shotgun from its case and smell the burnt gunpowder in the air. When a hunter leaps from his stool and fires, it's official...dove season has started. With great exuberance, old acquaintances and friends re-unite year after year to enjoy the thrill of this shooting sport and revel in the tradition that marks the beginning of autumn in Tennessee.
The only problem with dove season is that it doesn’t last very long—at least not the hot days and hot shooting of those first hunts. We host our Regional Dove Hunt fundraisers during the first days of the season in separate regions. The proceeds of the shoots help fund habitat conservation, youth education programs, and Tennessee’s hunting and fishing heritage. The early dove season is really just an appetizer for the rest of the fall, and that’s probably why it’s as much about gathering with friends as it is about pursuing birds.