By Lars Dalseide | August 20 2014 13:07

Form the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Squirrel Season Opens, 2014 Free Hunting Day August 23

Squirrel image courtesy of TN.govNashville, Tennessee - All Tennesseans are reminded that Saturday, Aug. 23 is the 2014 Free Hunting Day in Tennessee when state residents may hunt without a license. The annual event coincides with the opening day of squirrel season. 

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides the free day in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity for persons to experience the enjoyment of the sport. Regular hunters are encouraged to introduce friends and family members (young and old) to the outdoors sport. It is also an excellent opportunity for those folks who have not tried hunting in a while to be reintroduced to the sport.

On Free Hunting Day, state resident hunters are exempt from hunting licenses and WMA permit requirements. Many of the WMAs are open to hunters seeking public access on Aug. 23. Hunters are asked to check the information for particular WMAs in the newly-published 2014 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide which is available online by clicking here or copies are available at any TWRA regional office or at most outlets where licenses are sold. 

Hunter education requirements are not being waived for Free Hunting Day. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course. A one-time, one-year apprentice license is required for those born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 if the hunter education course has not been completed.

Hunters are allowed to harvest up to 10 squirrels a day from the opening day of squirrel season through Feb. 28, with each hunting day beginning a half-hour before sunrise and ending a half-hour after sunset.

In addition to squirrels, those species that have a year-round season will be open as well. The year-round species include armadillo, beaver, coyote, groundhog, and striped skunk.

For more information about hunting in Tennessee, visit TWRA’s website  at www.tnwildlife.org or contact your nearest TWRA regional office.

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