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Second segment of
goose season arrives
The next segment of the Canada goose hunting season will be October 9-20 for all of Tennessee, except the Northwest Canada Goose Zone.
The daily bag limit for this segment is two Canada geese. Waterfowl hunters should remember:
•Hunting hours for waterfowl are half an hour before sunrise to sunset.
•Shotguns should be plugged to hold no more than three shells.
•Nontoxic shot is required for waterfowl hunting.
There will be additional hunting opportunities for Canada geese the weekend of Nov. 27-28 and from Dec. 4-Jan. 30, except the Northwest Canada Goose Zone which will be Dec. 4-Feb. 13.

Hunters should use care
while climbing tree stands

Tennessee’s deer hunting seasons are now open, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) urges hunters to use care when hunting from a tree stand.
Many deer hunters find hunting from an elevated stand to be advantageous. It is often more difficult for a deer to detect a hunter in a tree stand than one on the ground, but the TWRA is urging hunters to be cautious anytime they use a stand. The most common cause of tree stand accidents is falling out of one. All of these falls could be prevented with the proper use of a safety harness attached to the tree. Many falls occur when permanent, wooden stands have become weather-beaten, decayed and unsafe. Eventually, the weight of a hunter can cause the stand to collapse.
If possible, use temporary stands that may be stored in a dry area after deer season. If a permanent stand must be used, always check before hunting to make certain it is safe and securely attached. Whether using a permanent or temporary stand, always use a safety harness.
Hunters are also reminded of a new treestand regulation when hunting on wildlife management areas (WMA). All tree stands on WMAs are required to be marked with the hunter’s TWRA ID number.
Ten rules for tree stand safety are:
•Always wear a safety harness while hunting from a tree stand, even while ascending and descending.
•Never climb into a permanent stand you have not built or carefully checked out.
•Never hunt from tree limbs.
•Be sure the commercial stand you have is safe. Practice before using it in the woods.
•Never climb a tree that is too small or too large for your stand to fit safely.
•Be sure your stand is level at the height you wish to hunt.
•Always stand up slowly and be sure of your balance.
•Be sure you are steady and braced before shooting.
•Always use a haul line for your bow. Never climb with your equipment.
•Never climb a dead tree or one with dead limbs above your head.
Hunters should be aware that, on wildlife management areas, the use of wire, nails or other metal material is prohibited in the building or attaching of climbing devices or hunting stands. Portable devices or stands that do not injure trees can be used. Hunting from permanent attached stands is prohibited. Leaving any personal property, including tree stands, unattended for more than 24 hours on a wildlife management area is prohibited without prior approval of the area manager.