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» Sandhill Crane Hunting Season: see page 7 » Light Goose Conservation Permit (free): see page 9 » Waterfowl Seasons: see page 14

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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2016-2017 Several important changes were made to the waterfowl hunting regulations for the 2016-2017 seasons. Among the primary changes are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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New sandhill crane season dates. New season dates for moorhens and rails. Daily bag limit for the Sept. wood duck/teal season is 6/day (no more than 2 wood ducks). There will be a 4-day, Teal-only season in September 2016. A free permit is required to participate in the Light Goose Conservation Season. TWRA will accept public input from Oct. 15 - Nov. 15, 2016 on 2017-18 migratory bird hunting seasons. Please check our website for more information.

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WATERFOWL HUNTING GUIDE 2016-2017

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WATERFOWL

CONTENTS

HUNTING GUIDE

2 | What’s New

12 | Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs

4 | TWRA Regional Offices

14 | Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits

6 | Don’t Shoot Unless You’re Sure 7 | Sandhill Crane Season

15 | Canada Goose Seasons 16 | Federal Regulations

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1, 2016 - MARCH 31,

» Sandhill Crane Hunting Season: see » Light Goose Conservation Permit page 7 (free): see page 9 » Waterfowl Seasons: see page 14

8 | License Fees

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19 | Sunrise/Sunset Tables

10 | Special WMA Regulations

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DON’T SHOOT UNLESS YOU’RE SURE

Many protected species of waterfowl, wading birds, and other waterbirds occur alongside the many species of waterfowl that can be legally hunted in Tennessee. These species are protected by both state and federal law, and cannot be legally hunted anywhere in the state. Some protected species utilize the same habitats, possess similar coloration, and share the habits of many legally hunted birds. Through careful study, accidental shootings of protected species can be prevented. Please help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency prevent accidental shootings by familiarizing yourself with these protected species before heading into the field and remember, “Don’t Shoot Unless You’re Sure.” The Trumpeter and Tundra Swans are the largest and the only native, all-white waterfowl occurring in Tennessee. Both species are protected by both state and federal law in Tennessee and cannot be hunted. Until recently, John James Audubon had reported the last live Trumpeter Swans in Tennessee during his 1820 flatboat trip down the Mississippi River. As a result of intensive reintroduction efforts in the eastern United States, Trumpeter Swans returned to Tennessee in December of 2001 in Lauderdale County. Reintroduction of Trumpeter Swans is a cooperative effort between state, federal, and non-governmental organizations including sportsmen and nonconsumptive user groups. If you see a Trumpeter Swan in Tennessee, please report it to any TWRA Regional Office. Historically, populations of both the Sandhill and Whooping Cranes in the eastern United States experienced widespread population declines. These declines resulted from the loss of wetland habitat and unregulated market hunting. The Sandhill Crane has experienced a tremendous recovery in recent years and migratory populations crossing through Tennessee are steadily increasing. Today, the Sandhill Crane is common in portions of western and eastern Tennessee. In fact, a limited Sandhill Crane hunting season was introduced in Tennessee along with the 2013-2014 waterfowl season. A flock of Whooping Cranes migrating across Tennessee in October 2001 became the first migratory flock of that species in the state in over 100 years. An effort to reintroduce a migratory flock of Whooping Cranes to the eastern United States includes Tennessee as a vital part of the migratory journey. An ultralight aircraft serving as a surrogate parent to the Whooping Crane juveniles is teaching them the long forgotten migratory route through Tennessee to wintering grounds in Florida. Additional Whooping Cranes were led by aircraft in 2002 and several free-ranging Whooping Cranes can also be expected in the state from October–April. If you have information regarding any illegal activities concerning protected species, please call the TWRA Poacher Hotline: West TN (Region I)

1-800-831-1173

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CANADA GOOSE Gray and white body and wings Black head and neck with white chin strap Wingspan: 60" Length: 45"

SNOW GOOSE White, with black wing tips Short neck Wingspan: 53" Length: 28"

TUNDRA SWAN All-white plumage Long neck Wingspan: 66" Length: 52" Juveniles: gray-brown

TRUMPETER SWAN All-white plumage Long neck Wingspan: 80" Length: 60" Juveniles: gray-brown

WHOOPING CRANE White body with black wing tips Long neck Long legs trailing body Wingspan: 87" Length: 52" Juveniles: white mixed with brown

GREAT BLUE HERON Gray and white plumage “S” shaped neck Wingspan: 60" Flies with neck folded inward and legs extended

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SANDHILL CRANE SEASON

Sandhill Crane Hunting Season in Tennessee

2016–17 Sandhill Crane Quota Hunt

Sandhill crane hunting opens with the late waterfowl season on Dec. 3, 2016 through Jan. 12, 2017 and continues from Jan. 16 through Jan. 29, 2017. Only individuals with a Tennessee Sandhill Crane Quota Permit may hunt. The U.S., Canada and Mexico manage sandhill crane harvest through the same regulatory mechanisms as waterfowl and other migratory game birds. Listed as a game species, many central U.S. states, Canadian provinces and Mexico have been hunting cranes for over 50 years and all populations are stable or increasing.

Quota Hunt Hand-Held Draw: Aug. 13, 2016 at the Birchwood Community Center in north Hamilton county. Check www.tnwildlife.org for updates and details.

North American Sandhill Cranes

Shooting Hours: Sunrise to 3 p.m. EST.

Sandhill cranes are the most numerous and wide ranging of all worldwide crane species with a population exceeding 600,000. There are six distinct migratory populations of sandhill cranes with breeding ranges extending across North America. During migration, sandhill cranes congregate in large numbers at staging areas of mid-latitude states and then migrate to wintering areas in the southern U.S. and Mexico. Hunting occurs on four of the six migratory sandhill crane populations with over 26,000 cranes harvested annually. The hunting of sandhill cranes continues to grow in popularity since the first U.S. hunts in 1961.

Check-in: Harvested cranes must be accompanied by a completed kill tag and checked in by the end of the calendar day by mailing completed business reply card provided on the permit.

The Eastern Population of sandhill cranes has undergone an impressive recovery by rebounding from an estimated 25 breeding pairs in the 1930s to a minimum population of over 87,000 in recent years. The core breeding range lies in south-central Ontario, Michigan, and Wisconsin extending into adjacent Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Quebec. In recent years this breeding range has expanded south to Indiana, Ohio and Iowa, and east to several New England states. The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways are the main migratory routes of the Eastern Population. These cranes winter primarily in Florida and Georgia though recently cranes are wintering further north in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and even southern Ontario.

Hunt Dates: Dec. 3, 2016 - Jan. 12, 2017 and Jan. 16 - 29, 2017. Hunt Zone: South of Interstate 40 and east of State Highway 56. Limits: Daily bag, season bag, and possession limit is 3 cranes per permit holder.

Federal Regulations: No shotguns larger than 10-gauge or capable of holding over 3 shot shells. Federally approved non-toxic shot is required. Notes: All wildlife refuges are closed to sandhill crane hunting. Hunters are required to fill out and return a post-season survey.

Permit Drawing A total of 400 3-permit packets were available by hand-held draw on August 13, 2016. Please check the TWRA website for further details and updates. Leftover permits, if available, will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis at regional offices or other locations designated by TWRA. An Annual Hunting and Fishing License (Type 001), plus a Tennessee Waterfowl License (Type 005) or equivalent licenses (such as Lifetime or Annual Sportsman), are required in order to enter the draw or obtain a leftover permit. Permits are non-transferable and individuals must be present to obtain the permits.

Sandhill Crane Identification Test

Sandhill Crane Hunting Zone Tennessee Sandhill Cranes The sandhill cranes migrating through or wintering in Tennessee make up a large portion of the Eastern Population. These cranes are considered the world’s second largest sandhill crane population. Tennessee has wintered over 23,000 cranes in each of the last five years. Two areas serve as the primary migration and wintering areas: Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, where thousands can be seen at one time, and Hop-in Refuge and surrounding lands near Reelfoot Lake in west Tennessee which attract several thousand birds. Smaller groups of cranes can be seen scattered across the Tennessee landscape, too. 2016-2017 Waterfowl Hunting Guide

All sandhill crane hunters must pass an internet-based crane identification test each year before hunting. All permits issued are invalid until the permitee’s “Sandhill Crane Test” validation code is written on the permit. The purpose of this test is to improve hunter’s awareness and ability to distinguish between sandhill cranes and other protected species which may be encountered while hunting. The test is available at tnwildlife. org.

Whooping Crane There are approximately 100 whooping cranes in an experimental eastern migratory population and they share similar physical characteristics as well as habitats with the sandhill crane. An intensive reintroduction effort started in 1999 in which whooping cranes were taught their migratory path from Wisconsin to Florida by an ultra-light aircraft. Take the protection of this rare species seriously. Be sure the bird you intend to shoot is a sandhill crane. Accidental or intentional shooting of a whooping crane is considered a dual violation and subject to state and federal laws. Don’t shoot unless you’re sure.

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LICENSE FEES All waterfowl hunters are required to have the following in order to hunt waterfowl in Tennessee: 1. Federal Duck Stamp (except as noted below) 2. Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit (HIP permit; except as noted below) 3. A state of Tennessee hunting license 4. Tennessee Waterfowl License (only required if purchasing Type 001 hunting license) 5. Other permits may be required depending on where you hunt (such as WMA permit, Reelfoot Preservation permit, WMA quota hunt permit) 6. Light Goose Conservation Season Permit (free), if you plan to hunt during Feb. 12 - March 10, 2017, see page 14.

Refer to the current Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide for additional regulations regarding waterfowl hunting on individual WMAs.

Federal Duck Stamp

$25

Federal law requires that each waterfowl hunter, age 16 and over, carry on his/ her person, in addition to a hunting license and state migratory bird permit, a valid Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) signed in ink across the face. These can be obtained through the Post Office, National Wildlife Refuge offices, and some discount and sporting goods stores. The stamps can also be purchased online at www.duckstamp.com

Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit Resident and nonresident hunters must possess a Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds in Tennessee, available anywhere that hunting and fishing licenses are sold. The following do not need this permit: • Landowners hunting on their own land • Permanent license holders • Tennessee residents 65 years or older • Tennessee residents under 13 years of age • Lifetime Sportsman license holders • Military personnel on leave or furlough (with leave papers) Migratory Bird Permit (Type 006) Migratory Bird Permit (Type 007) Only available to Annual Sportsman license holders.

$2 no fee

Resident Licenses Hunting and Fishing Combination (Type 001) Age 16–64

$34

Tennessee Waterfowl (Type 005) Age 16 and over Needed in addition to Type 001 if waterfowl hunting.

$38

Annual Sportsman (Type 004) Age 16–64

$166

An all-inclusive license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any TWRA supplemental licenses or non-quota permits: allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Annual Sportsman licenses can be purchased from all license agents. Lifetime Sportsman

Age determines the cost

An all-inclusive license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any TWRA supplemental licenses or permits (not including the Tennessee Guide license). It allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. This license is available vis application only, that must be sent in with the required supplemental information. Applications are available at your local TWRA office and the TWRA website. Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish (Type 002)

$10

Age 12 and under - no license required. WMA, special season permits, or quota hunt permits may be required. Ages 13-15. Good for hunting all game, fishing and trapping. Must be purchased prior to 16th birthday. No supplemental licenses are required, but special season and WMA big game permits will need to be purchased in addition to this license. Fees apply when applying for quota hunt permits as well as “left over” permits. Permanent Sr. Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 166)

$50

Available at all license agents and can only be purchased when 65th birthday is reached. A valid Tennessee driver’s license or proof of age and residency is required. No supplemental licenses are required, but special season and WMA permits will need to be purchased in addition to this license. Fees apply when applying for quota hunt permits as well as “left over” permits. Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman (Type 167)

$50

An all-inclusive license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any TWRA supplemental licenses or non-quota permits and allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Available at all license agents and can only be purchased when 65th birthday is reached.

Nonresident Licenses - Adult (Age 16 and Over) 7-Day Hunt – Small Game/Waterfowl (Type 072)

$61.50

Annual Hunt – Small Game/Waterfowl (Type 071)

$111.00

7-Day Hunt - All Game (Type 074)

$214.50

Annual Hunt - All Game (Type 073)

$306.00

Nonresident Licenses - Junior Age 12 and under - no license required. WMA, special season permits, or quota hunt permits may be required.

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Annual Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish (Type 070) Required for nonresidents ages 13–15 to fish or hunt small game (including waterfowl). A Type 085 or 086 is required to hunt big game.

$11.00

7-Day Junior Hunt - All Game (Type 085)

$26.50

Annual Junior Hunt - All Game (Type 086)

$42.00

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Wildlife Management Area Permit Everyone who hunts on wildlife management areas that require permits must have a WMA permit except: holders of the Annual , Lifetime, or Senior Citizen Sportsman License, or juveniles under age 16 hunting small game or waterfowl. A complete list of WMAs, including those that require permits, can be found in the current Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. Refer to this Waterfowl Hunting Guide for regulations regarding waterfowl hunting on specific WMAs. Permit cost is the same for residents and nonresidents. NOTE: Juvenile hunters must be accompanied by an adult with a valid WMA permit, if required by that WMA. 1-Day WMA Small Game and Waterfowl (Type 092)

$12.50

Annual WMA Small Game and Waterfowl (Type 091)

$62.00

Reelfoot Preservation Permit Required for all users of Reelfoot WMA except those under 16 years of age, residents 65 years or older and holders of an Annual or Lifetime Sportsman License. Permit cost is the same for residents and nonresidents. 1-Day Reelfoot Preservation Permit (Type 090)

$3.50

3-Day Reelfoot Preservation Permit (Type 088)

$10.50

Annual Reelfoot Preservation Permit (Type 089)

$17.00

Light Goose Conservation Season Permit Required for all persons hunting during the Light Goose Conservation Season except those under 16 years of age. There is no fee for this permit. These are self-issue permits and will be available beginning in late January on the TWRA website. Permit holders are required to report their activities and harvest after the season. This permit will allow for additional methods of take, see Light Goose Conservation Season on page 14.

Special Regulations Hunting Hours Ducks, Geese, Gallinules, Rails, Coots: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset (except where otherwise noted). Sandhill cranes: sunrise to 3 p.m. EST.

Plugged Shotguns No person shall hunt migratory game birds, except crows, with a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three (3) shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three (3) shells.

Legal Shot All federally approved non-toxic shot (bismuth-tin, steel, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron, tungsten-matrix, tungstennickel-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-tin-bismuth or tungsten-tin-iron-nickel) are legal for waterfowl hunting. A complete list is available at www.FWS.gov/birds/birdenthusiasts/hunting/nontoxic.php Possession or use of any loose shot other than non-toxic shot or any shotgun shells other than non-toxic while hunting waterfowl, sandhill cranes, coots, gallinules, Virginia rails and sora rails is prohibited.

Guide License This license is required for anyone who accepts compensation for providing assistance to another in any act of hunting, fishing, and/or trapping. Resident Guide License (Type 450)

$151.00

Nonresident Guide License (Type 455)

$651.00

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WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS CAMDEN UNIT I:

All activities are prohibited in the sub-impoundments for the five days before each opening day of the statewide duck season. No fishing, trapping or hunting of any species, except waterfowl, during the late duck season. GOOCH UNIT A AND UNIT E: All activities are prohibited in the sub-impoundments for the five days before the opening day of the statewide duck season. No fishing, trapping or hunting of any species, except waterfowl, during the late duck season.

Miscellaneous WMA Regulations Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

All decoys from permanent registered and annual draw blinds must be removed by the owner of the blind within 10 days after the close of waterfowl season. Youths hunting waterfowl on a WMA: Youths, ages 6–15, must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device except as otherwise noted. Wheelchair-bound hunts, zones, or blinds are open to hunters who are totally and permanently confined to a wheelchair as certified by a physician. Certain WMAs have special blind sites established for wheelchair-bound hunters which include: Camden, Cheatham Lake, North Chickamauga Creek, Old Hickory, Reelfoot, and West Sandy. See specific WMAs for regulations. On wheelchairbound waterfowl hunts, each wheelchair-bound hunter must be accompanied by at least one, but not more than three assistants (at least one of whom must be age 16 years or older), who may also participate in the hunt.

Applications for Cheatham and Old Hickory are available from the Region II office, (615) 781-6622. Applications for Camden, West Sandy, and Reelfoot are available at www.tnwildlife.org and at the Region I office (731-423-5725) or Reelfoot office (731-253-7343). Information for North Chickamauga Creek (Varner Unit) is available from the Region III Office, (931-484-9571). Applications for wheelchair-bound hunts must be received by noon on the fourth Friday of October at the Region I Office (Camden, West Sandy), Reelfoot Office (Reelfoot), or Region II Office (Cheatham and Old Hickory).

Special Closing Times on WMAs • Waterfowl hunting on all WMAs is open until sunset on the last day of each segment of the duck season (except for North Chickamauga Creek and Fort Loudoun WMAs). • WMAs with special closing times are open all day, each day of the Youth Waterfowl Season. • During the waterfowl season, hunting on Bogota (all pools) Camden (Unit I), Gooch (Units A and E), John Tully, Obion River (Maness Swamp Hunt Unit), Old Hickory, Reelfoot, South Fork Refuge, Thorny Cypress (all pools), Tigrett, West Sandy, White Oak and Wolf River closes 10

at 3 p.m. (CST) except on the last day of each segment of the season, when hunting closes at sunset. • No waterfowl hunters are allowed on the unit or access area of Barkley (Unit I), Big Sandy, Camden (Unit I and II), Cheatham Lake, Chickamauga, Gooch (Unit A and E), Haynes Bottom, Obion River (Maness Swamp Hunt Unit), Old Hickory (Units I and II), South Fork Refuge, Three Rivers, Tigrett, West Sandy and White Oak from 2 hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4 a.m. the following day.

Special Regulations on WMAs REGION 1 BARKLEY WMA UNIT I: Closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday except the first and last day of each segment of the late duck and goose seasons. All activities are prohibited in the sub-impoundments for the five days before each opening day of the statewide duck season and on days when waterfowl hunting is closed. No fishing, trapping or hunting of any species, except waterfowl, during days open to duck hunting. BIG SANDY WMA (including Gin Creek):

Closed on Tuesdays and Fridays except the first and last day of each segment of the late duck and goose seasons. All activities are prohibited in the sub-impoundments for the five days before each opening day of the statewide duck season and on days when waterfowl hunting is closed. No fishing, trapping or hunting of any species, except waterfowl, in the sub-impoundments during the late duck season. BOGOTA WMA: All hunt units except Pool 1 will be allocated by a special computerized draw (see page 13). Youth waterfowl hunts (Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 2017; ages 6 -15) will be allocated by a hand-held drawing at the Dyersburg work base on January 23, 2017 at 6 p.m (CST). BOGOTA WMA (Pool 1): Waterfowl hunting during the late duck season permitted only on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the first and last day of each segment of the duck season. No waterfowl hunters are allowed on the unit or access area from two hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4 a.m. the following day. Temporary blinds only. All decoys, temporary blinds, blind materials and boats must be removed daily.

Gooch Unit E - waterfowl hunting will be restricted to designated blind sites allocated by a special computerized drawing (see page 13). No fishing, trapping or hunting of any species, except waterfowl, during the late duck season. No permanent blinds. All temporary blinds, blind materials, and boats must be removed from the unit daily. HORNS BLUFF REFUGE: The portion of Horns Bluff Refuge, that is north of the main river channel, is open for waterfowl hunting on Saturdays and Sundays during the late duck season(s). Hunting closes at 3 p.m. and no one is allowed on the area after 5 p.m. or before 4 a.m. JOHN TULLY: (Fig Field Unit/Fullen North and South Tract)

Waterfowl hunts (opening weekend and Fri-Sun hunts) will be allocated by weekly hand-held drawings on the Monday prior to the hunt at 6:00 p.m. at the John Tully Field Office. Waterfowl hunting closes at 3 p.m. and is allowed only from designated locations. MEEMAN-SHELBY FOREST STATE PARK AND NATURAL AREA: Waterfowl hunting allowed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the late waterfowl season. The area north of Pleasant View Road is open first-come, first-served. The area south of Pleasant View Road is restricted to designated blind sites allocated by a special computerized drawing (see page 13). OBION RIVER WMA MANESS SWAMP HUNTING UNIT Waterfowl hunting, during the late duck season, is permitted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. SOUTH FORK REFUGE: Waterfowl hunting during the late duck season is permitted on Saturdays and Sundays and the first and last day of each segment. WEST SANDY: All activities are prohibited in the sub-impoundments for the five days before each opening day of the statewide duck season. No fishing, trapping or hunting or any species, other than waterfowl, in the sub-impoundments during the late duck season. WHITE OAK: Same as statewide season, except during the late waterfowl season hunting closes at 3 p.m. (CST) and all types of watercraft and waterfowl hunters are prohibited on the area from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. (CST). Also, all water traffic is prohibited five

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days before each opening day of the statewide duck season. All decoys, temporary blinds, blind materials and boats must be removed daily. Temporary blinds only. No waterfowl hunters permitted on the area or access areas before 4 a.m. opening day. WHITE OAK (Lebanon Pond Area): Waterfowl hunting is restricted to designated blind sites allocated by a special computerized draw (see page 13). THORNY CYPRESS WMA: All hunt units, except pools 10, 11 and 12, will be allocated by a special computerized draw (see page 12). Youth waterfowl hunts (Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 2017; ages 6 -15) will be allocated by a hand-held drawing at the Dyersburg work base on Jan. 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. (CST).

AEDC & WOODS RESERVOIR REFUGE, CHEATHAM LAKE WMA and HAYNES BOTTOM WMA: All areas closed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday except the first and last day of each segment of the late duck season. *NEW* Old Hickory: Hunting is permitted only from registered blind sites and staked temporary blind sites during the late duck season. Same as statewide season, except waterfowl hunting shall cease at 3p.m. (CST) during the late duck season and at sunset on the last day of each segment of the late duck season.

REGION III CHICKAMAUGA (Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek and Yellow Creek Units): All hunts (except the Youth Waterfowl Hunts) will be allocated by a special computerized draw (see page 12). Open each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the first and last day of the statewide waterfowl season. Hunting ends at 3 p.m. (EST) on Thursday and Friday and sunset on Saturday and Sunday. All hunting during the regular duck season is from registered blinds only. During Youth Waterfowl hunts, youths may hunt from registered blind sites on a first-come, first-

served basis, and must enter the hunting area only from established TWRA parking areas. NORTH CHICKAMAUGA CREEK: Open each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and the first and last day of the statewide season. Hunting ends at noon each day. Shot size No. 2 or smaller is required.

REGION IV FORT LOUDOUN: Same as statewide waterfowl seasons, except only open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hunting ends at noon each day. Shot size BBB or smaller is required. *NEW* Lick Creek Bottoms: South Mohawk, Skinner and Foxgate Units: The Units are allocated by hand held drawing every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Joachim Bible Refuge Maintenance Facility to determine the following Tuesday and Saturday hunters. Hunters must be present and have all applicable license/permits to enter the drawing. Waterfowl hunting is restricted to designated staked positions and/or pools. Hunters drawn may bring up to 3 guests. Remainder of the WMA is same as statewide seasons. ATTENTION: According to Tennessee law (TCA Section 70-4-108) when hunting on public land or waters, you can not hunt within 100 yards of a visible dwelling without the owner’s permission.

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THORNY CYPRESS WMA (Pools 10, 11, and 12): Waterfowl hunting during the late duck season permitted only on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the first and last day of each segment. All hunting closes at 3 p.m. (CST) each day, except the last day of each segment of the season when hunting closes at sunset. No waterfowl hunters are permitted on the unit or access area from two hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4 a.m. the following day. No permanent blinds. All decoys, temporary blinds, blind materials and boats must be removed daily.

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WATERFOWL HUNTING ON WMAs Blind Site Drawings A valid Lifetime, Annual or Senior Citizen Sportsman License, or an Annual WMA Small Game and Waterfowl Permit (along with a Type 001 or 071 as appropriate) are the minimum needed to enter the blind site drawings in August. For full list of license requirements to waterfowl hunt, see page 7 of this guide.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

Hand-Held Drawings Hand-held drawings will be held on the first Saturday in August for the permanent (annual) waterfowl blind sites on AEDC (Woods Reservoir), Barkley (Unit I), Big Sandy (including Gin Creek Unit), Camden (Units I and II), Cheatham Lake, Gooch (Unit A), Harmon Creek, Haynes Bottom, Old Hickory (Units I and II), Reelfoot, Tigrett and West Sandy WMAs. Individuals wishing to compete in the drawing must appear in person at the designated location and submit an application between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. The drawings will be held immediately after the last person signs up. One application is permitted per person and no one may apply for more than one area. Each applicant must be at least sixteen (16) years of age to compete in the drawing or sign-on. The permittee, who is the person to whom the TWRA issued a permit, or any of their sign-ons, must occupy the blind by the legal shooting time on

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days they wish to hunt. The permittee or sign-ons have priority use (exclusive and uninterrupted) only if they are in the blind on or before the legal shooting time, regardless of whether or not the blind is occupied by another person or party, provided the permittee produces identification and his/her blind permit. If the blind is not occupied by the permittee or a sign-on by legal shooting time, the first person or party occupying the blind shall be entitled to the privilege of its exclusive and uninterrupted use until the end of shooting hours that day. Exclusive and uninterrupted use entitles the person or party the right to exclude all others from the blind, at the person’s or party’s option, except for law enforcement personnel engaged in the performance of their duties; no more than 8 individuals, age 16 or older, may occupy a permanent (annual) draw blind at any time; no restrictions on the number of youths under age 16.

Permanent Draw Blind Sites Waterfowl hunting on all the above WMAs (except Big Sandy, Camden (Unit II), Harmon Creek, Reelfoot, Tigrett and West Sandy) permitted only from permanent blind sites allocated by the annual hand-held drawing, unless otherwise specified. On Big Sandy, Camden (Unit II), Harmon Creek, Reelfoot, Tigrett, and West Sandy, hunting is

permitted from registered blind sites and from temporary blinds or hides. Temporary blinds and decoys must be at least 200 yards from any permanent blind. Blinds, blind materials, boats, hides and decoys must be removed at the end of shooting hours each day.

Permanent Registered Blinds

West Sandy (Springville Bottoms) and Reelfoot Lake A valid Lifetime, Annual or Senior Citizen Sportsman License, or an Annual WMA Small Game and Waterfowl Permit (along with a Type 001 or 071 as appropriate) are the minimum required to register blinds on West Sandy. West Sandy blind sites must be registered at the designated location on the first Saturday in August by 10 a.m. (CST).

A Reelfoot Waterfowl Blind Permit (Type 025) is required to register blinds on Reelfoot Lake. Reelfoot blinds must be registered with the TWRA Sales Office prior to August 1. All blind sites will be given a registration number, which must be displayed, using lettering 2 inches or larger inside the blind, or on a stake at floating blind sites. When floating blinds are moved to designated blind stakes, the number must be immediately transferred from the stake to the blind. No blind may be constructed or repaired or any floating blinds

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moved onto the area that have not met the deadline for registering that blind. Unregistered and/or unnumbered blinds are subject to removal. Individuals claiming permanent blind sites on these two areas may not compete in annual blind site drawings on any other areas.

Computerized Drawings Blind/pool sites at Bogota, Chickamauga (Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek Units), Gooch (Unit E), Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and Natural Area, Thorny Cypress, White Oak (Lebanon Pond area) will be allocated by a computerized drawing. Hunters can apply through any TWRA license agent or on the internet at www.tnwildlife.org from Sept. 7-28, 2016. There is a $12 application fee plus a $1 license agent fee for applying through a TWRA license agent. For applying on the internet the application fee is $12 plus a $2.50 fee charged by the company handling internet sales. Lifetime, Annual, and Senior Citizen Sportsman license holders are exempt from the application fee.

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If the “Notice of Intent” is not received by TWRA by the specified deadline, the blind/pool will become vacant. Any vacant blinds/pools, will be reallocated by a hand-held drawing. For the Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek and Yellow Creek Units of Chickamauga, a hand-held drawing for vacant blinds will be held Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. (EST) at the Hiwassee Refuge, 525 Priddy Lane, Birchwood, TN 37308. Information concerning availability of vacant blinds/pools can be obtained at www.tnwildlife.org, or by contacting the Region III Office at 1-800-262-6704. For Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, hand-held drawings for vacant blind sites will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Registration for the drawings will begin at 8 a.m. and take place at 10 a.m. at the Park Recreation Lodge (for information contact Chris Park at (901) 876-5169). Gooch (Unit E) hand-held drawings for vacancies will occur each Monday from Nov. 21 - Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Kenton Gym, 206 West College St., Kenton, TN 38233. For more information contact

Larry Armstrong at (731) 749-5587. White Oak (Lebanon Pond area) will conduct hand-held drawings for vacant blind sites on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Milledgeville City Park, behind the Milledgeville Fire Station off of Highway 22A (for information contact Chad Harden at (731) 687-3444). For Bogota and Thorny Cypress, hand-held drawings for vacancies will occur each Monday from Nov. 21 - Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Dyersburg TWRA Workbase. Information concerning availability of vacant blinds/pools can be obtained at www.tnwildlife.org, or by contacting Jason Maxedon at (731) 285-6124. All hunting on computer drawn areas is permitted only from designated temporary blind sites. A blind may not be hunted unless a hunter who was drawn for that blind site and hunt date is present and possesses a valid TWRA blind site confirmation number. If a drawn hunter is not present the blind site will not be hunted. A hunter drawn for a blind may bring up to four additional hunters. Decoys and temporary blinds may be left out during the specified hunt period.

No portion of a blind used for discharging firearms at game may be locked or barricaded when the blind is not in use.

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Hunters that are successful in drawing a blind/ pool site on Gooch (Unit E), Bogota and Thorny Cypress, White Oak (Lebanon Pond Area) must, two weeks or more prior to their hunt date, return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” which states they do intend to hunt their assigned blind/pool. Hunters that are successful in drawing a blind site on

Chickamauga (Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek and Yellow Creek), Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and Natural Area must by Nov. 4, 2016 return to TWRA a “Notice of Intent” which states they do intend to hunt their assigned blind pool.


WATERFOWL SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS Statewide Duck Zone

Reelfoot Duck Zone

(the remainder of the state outside the Reelfoot Lake Duck Zone)

(the lands and waters within the boundaries of Reelfoot Lake WMA only)

Virginia & Sora Rails

Sep. 1 - Nov. 9, 2016

Sep. 1 - Nov. 9, 2016

Gallinules & Moorhens

Sep. 1 - Nov. 9, 2016

Sep. 1 - Nov. 9, 2016

Species

Ducks, Coots & Mergansers Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season* (for youths 6–15 years of age)

Nov. 26-27, 2016

Nov. 12-13, 2016

Dec. 3, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017

Dec. 3, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017

Feb. 4, 2017 and Feb. 11, 2017

Feb. 4, 2017 and Feb. 11, 2017

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Virginia and Sora Rails: 25 Coots and Gallinules: 15 Ducks: The Daily bag limit of ducks is 6, and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be female), 3 scaup, 3 wood ducks, 2 pintails, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 black duck. Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

The maximum number of birds that could have legally been taken in 3 days, except on opening day and the second day of the season when the possession limit is the daily bag limit and two times the daily bag limit, respectively.

Same as regular season daily bag limits.

* Federal regulations allow only youth waterfowl hunters from 6 -15 years of age to participate. An adult at least 21 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field and must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. The adult accompanying the youth hunter may not hunt ducks but may participate in other open seasons. Geese, coots, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks may be taken by youths during the Youth Waterfowl Season. WMAs with special closing times are open all day, each day of the Youth Waterfowl Season.

Species

Blue, Snow & Ross’ Geese (Light Geese)

Standard Season

Light Goose Conservation Season*

Standard federal regulations apply (unplugged shotguns and electronic calls NOT allowed) Nov. 26-27, 2016 Dec. 3, 2016 - Feb. 11, 2017

The following provisions apply during the Light Goose Conservation Season only: Unplugged shotguns, electronic calls, shooting from 30 minutes before official sunrise until 30 minutes after official sunset, no daily bag or possession limit. Feb. 12 - Mar. 10, 2017

White-Fronted Geese

Brant

Nov. 26-27, 2016 Dec. 3, 2016 - Feb. 11, 2017 Nov. 26-27, 2016 Dec. 3, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017

Daily Bag Limit Standard season: 20 Conservation season: no limit

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Possession Limit There is no possession limit for blue, snow and ross’ geese except on opening day and the second day of the season when the possession limit is the daily bag limit and two times the daily bag limit, respectively. The maximum number of birds that could have legally been taken in 3 days, except on opening day and the second day of the season when the possession limit is the daily bag limit and two times the daily bag limit, respectively.

* A free Light Goose Conservation Season Permit is now required to hunt during the Conservation Season, available in late January on the TWRA website. Hunting is allowed from 30 minutes before official sunrise until 30 minutes after official sunset. There is no daily bag or possession limit. No Federal or state waterfowl stamps are required to hunt during the Conservation Season. Hunters must possess a TN Light Goose Conservation Season Permit and have a valid hunting license, but the license may be from any state.

Species

Season and Zone

Permits and Limits

Dec. 3, 2016 - Jan. 12, 2017 and Jan. 16-29, 2017

Daily bag, season bag, and possession limit is 3 cranes. Harvested cranes must be accompanied by a completed kill tag and be checked in by the end of the calendar day of harvest by mailing completed business reply card on the permit. Also, hunters must fill out and return a post-season survey. Failure to return the post-season survey will be a violation of this proclamation.

Standard federal regulations apply. Sandhill Crane* Hunt Zone: South of Interstate 40 and east of State Highway 56.

* 400 3-permit packets will be issued by handheld draw. A Type 001 Hunting & Fishing License and Type 005 Waterfowl License or equivalent are required to enter the draw. Leftover permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at regional offices. Permits are non transferable. Permits are invalid until proof of passing a bird identification test during the year the permit is obtained and permit is signed by the individual.

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CANADA GOOSE SEASONS Canada Goose Zones STEWART

CH

WEAKLEY

EA

HENRY

HOUSTON

ON

GIBSON

ITH

DEKALB

MADISON

HENDERSON

RUTHERFORD

MCNAIRY

GRUNDY

OO

WAYNE

M LAWRENCE

GILES LINCOLN

Species

Canada Geese

Statewide Canada Goose Zone

FRANKLIN

OI

IC

UN

COCKE

SEVIER BLOUNT

RHEA

MONROE

MCMINN

IE CH

HARDEMAN

BLEDSOE

AT QU

BEDFORD

GREENE

E

SE

MARSHALL

COFFEE

RE

FAYETTE

VANBUREN

L

MB

JEFFERSON

AN

RO

LEWIS

CHESTER

SHELBY

CUMBERLAND

MAURY

WASHINGTON

EN

KNOX

CANNON WARREN

PERRY DECATUR

HARDIN

ANDERSON

WHITE

WILLIAMSON

TIPTON

MORGAN

PUTNAM

CARROLL

HICKMAN

GRAINGER

HA

WILSON

JOHNSON CARTER

UNION

SM

N

IDSO

DAV

SULLIVAN

EIG S

HAYWOOD

AM

FENTRESS

OVERTON

HAWKINS

CAMPBELL

HUMPHREYS

CROCKETT

LAUDERDALE

JACKSON

TH

DICKSON

NT

BE

DYER

HANCOCK CLAIBORNE SCOTT

TROUSDALE

LO UD ON

OBION

ETT

PICK

CLAY

MACON

SUMNER

M

LAKE

ROBERTSON

MONTGOMERY

MARION

HAMILTON

BRADLEY

POLK

Statewide Zone Northwest Zone

Northwest Canada Goose Zone

All counties and portions of counties not included in the Northwest Zone.

Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties; that portion of Dyer County, excluding that portion south of Hwy 104; and Gibson County excluding that portion bounded on the south by Hwy 104 and on the west by Hwy 45W.

Oct. 8-25, 2016

Oct. 8-12, 2016

Nov. 26-27, 2016

Nov. 12-13, 2016

Dec. 3, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017

Dec. 3, 2016 - Feb. 11, 2017

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

3

The maximum number of birds that could have legally been taken in 3 days, except on opening day and the second day of the season when the possession limit is the daily bag limit and two times the daily bag limit, respectively.

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FEDERAL REGULATIONS SUMMARY Wanton Waste All migratory game birds killed or crippled shall be retrieved, if possible, and retained in the custody of the hunter in the field.

Tagging 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 such birds were killed. No person or business shall receive or have in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are properly tagged.

Possession of Live Birds In addition to state regulations, the following federal rules apply to taking, possession, shipping, transporting, and storing of migratory game birds. This is only a summary. Each hunter should also consult actual regulations, which may be found in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.

Restrictions No person shall take migratory game birds: • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10-gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fishhook, poison, drug, explosive or stupefying substance. • With a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a onepiece filler which cannot be removed without disassembling the gun. • From a sink box (a low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the surface of the water). • From or with the aid or use of a car or other motor-driven vehicle, or any aircraft, except that paraplegic and single or double amputees of the legs may take from any stationary motor vehicle. “Paraplegic” means an individual afflicted with paralysis of the lower half of the body with involvement of both legs, usually due to disease or injury to the spinal cord. • From or by means of any motor boat or sail boat unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sail furled and its progress therefrom has ceased. • By the use or aid of live decoys. All live, tame or captive ducks and geese shall be removed for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to hunting and confined within an enclosure which substantially reduces the audibility of their calls and totally conceals such tame birds from the sight of migratory waterfowl. • Using records or tapes of migratory bird sounds, or electronically amplified imitations of bird calls.

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• By driving, rallying or chasing birds with any motorized conveyance or any sail boat to put them in range of hunters. • By the aid of baiting (placing feed such as corn, wheat, salt or other feed to constitute a lure or enticement), or on or over any baited areas. Hunters should be aware that a baited area is considered to be baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait, and it is not necessary for the hunter to know an area is baited to be in violation.

Closed Season No person shall take migratory game birds during the closed season.

Shooting or Falconry Hours No person shall take migratory game birds except during the hours open to shooting and falconry as prescribed.

Daily Bag Limit No person shall take more than one daily bag limit per day.

Field Possession Limit No person shall possess more than one daily bag limit while in the field or while returning from the field to one’s car, hunting camp, home, etc.

Wounded birds reduced to possession shall be immediately killed and included in the daily bag limit.

Dressing No person shall completely field dress any migratory game bird (except doves and band-tailed pigeons) and then transport the birds from the field. The head or one fully feathered wing must remain attached to all such birds while being transported from the field to one’s home or to a migratory bird preservation facility.

Shipment No person shall ship migratory game birds unless the package is marked on the outside with: (a) the name and address of the person sending the birds, (b) the name and address of the person to whom the birds are being sent, and (c) the number of birds, by species, contained in the package.

Importation For information regarding the importation of migratory birds killed in another country, hunters should consult 50 CFR 20.61 through 20.66. One fully feathered wing must remain attached to all migratory game birds being transported between a port of entry and one’s home or to a migratory bird preservation facility. No person shall import migratory game birds killed in any foreign country, except Canada,

Mandatory Hunter Education All hunters, resident or nonresident, born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must possess proof that they have successfully completed a hunter education course. 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. Call your local TWRA office or visit the TWRA’s website at www. tnwildlife.org for a listing of scheduled Hunter Education classes. NOTE: To replace a Hunter Education Card at a TWRA license agent location, first contact your TWRA Regional Office during normal business hours. Verify that your Hunter Education number has been updated in the TWRA license system. Then you may go to a TWRA license agent and purchase a Type 500 (Hunter Education Card Replacement for $8.00).

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unless such birds are dressed (except as required above), drawn and the head and feet are removed. No person shall import migratory game birds belonging to another person.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp The law requires that each waterfowl hunter, 16 years of age and over, must carry on his or her person a valid Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) signed in ink across the face.

Dual Violation Violation of state migratory bird regulations is also a violation of federal regulations.

Caution More restrictive regulations may apply to National Wildlife Refuges open to public hunting. For additional information on federal regulations, contact: Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, RM 132-C, U.S. Courthouse, 801 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203. Telephone: 615-736-5532.

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SUNRISE/SUNSET TABLES Bristol, Tennessee (EST) 2016 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

All sunrise/sunset tables are shown in military time. October 1, 2016 – November 5, 2016: Add one (1) hour to the times in the chart for Daylight Savings Time (DST). November 6, 2016 - Feb.28, 2017: the times in the chart are correct.

NOV. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

DEC. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

JAN. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

FEB. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

624 625 626 627 628 629 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652

653 654 655 656 657 658 659 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722

723 724 725 725 726 727 728 729 730 730 731 732 733 733 734 735 735 736 736 737 737 738 738 739 739 739 740 740 740 741 741

741 741 741 741 741 741 741 741 741 741 741 741 740 740 740 740 739 739 738 738 738 737 736 736 735 735 734 733 733 732 731

730 729 729 728 727 726 725 724 723 722 721 720 719 718 716 715 714 713 712 711 709 708 707 706 704 703 702 700

Chattanooga, Tennessee (EST) 2016 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

JAN. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

FEB. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

636 637 638 639 639 640 641 642 643 643 644 645 646 647 648 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 654 655 656 657 658 659 700 701 702

703 704 705 706 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 729 730

731 732 733 734 735 736 736 737 738 739 739 740 741 742 742 743 743 744 745 745 746 746 747 747 747 748 748 748 749 749 749

749 749 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 749 749 749 749 749 749 748 748 747 747 746 746 746 745 744 744 743 743 742 741 741

740 739 738 737 737 736 735 734 733 732 731 730 729 728 727 726 725 723 722 721 720 719 718 716 715 714 713 711

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1741 1741 1742 1743 1744 1745 1746 1747 1747 1748 1749 1750 1751 1752 1753 1754 1755 1756 1757 1758 1759 1800 1801 1802 1803 1804 1805 1805 1807 1808 1809

1713 1713 1713 1713 1713 1713 1713 1713 1713 1713 1713 1714 1714 1714 1714 1715 1715 1716 1716 1716 1717 1717 1718 1719 1719 1720 1721 1721 1722 1723 1723

2016

DEC. Rise Set A.M. P.M. 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1729 1730 1730 1730 1730 1731 1731 1731 1732 1732 1733 1733 1734 1734 1735 1735 1736 1736 1737 1738 1738 1739 1740

1732 1730 1729 1729 1728 1727 1726 1725 1724 1723 1722 1722 1721 1720 1720 1719 1718 1718 1717 1717 1716 1716 1715 1715 1715 1714 1714 1714 1713 1713

1724 1725 1726 1727 1728 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735 1736 1737 1738 1739 1740 1741 1742 1743 1744 1745 1746 1747 1749 1750 1751 1752 1753 1754

1755 1756 1757 1758 1759 1800 1801 1802 1803 1805 1806 1807 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815 1816 1817 1818 1819 1820 1821 1822 1823

Knoxville, Tennessee (EST)

NOV. Rise Set A.M. P.M. 1746 1745 1744 1743 1743 1742 1741 1740 1739 1739 1738 1737 1736 1736 1735 1735 1734 1733 1733 1732 1732 1732 1731 1731 1731 1730 1730 1730 1730 1729

1811 1810 1809 1807 1806 1804 1803 1801 1800 1759 1757 1756 1754 1753 1752 1750 1749 1748 1747 1745 1744 1743 1742 1740 1739 1738 1737 1736 1735 1734 1733

2017

OCT. Rise Set A.M. P.M. 1824 1823 1821 1820 1819 1817 1816 1815 1813 1812 1811 1809 1808 1807 1805 1804 1803 1802 1801 1759 1758 1757 1756 1755 1754 1752 1751 1750 1749 1748 1747

2017

OCT. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

1810 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815 1816 1817 1818 1819 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829 1830 1831 1832 1833 1833 1834 1835 1836

Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

2017

OCT. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

NOV. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

DEC. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

JAN. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

FEB. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

631 632 633 634 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658

659 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 713 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 725 726 727

728 729 730 731 732 733 733 734 735 736 737 737 738 739 739 740 741 741 742 742 743 743 744 744 744 745 745 745 746 746 746

746 747 747 747 747 747 747 747 747 747 746 746 746 746 745 745 745 744 744 744 743 743 742 742 741 740 740 739 738 738 737

736 735 734 734 733 732 731 730 729 728 727 726 725 725 723 722 720 719 718 717 716 714 713 712 711 709 708 707

1819 1817 1816 1814 1813 1811 1810 1809 1807 1806 1805 1803 1802 1801 1759 1758 1757 1755 1754 1753 1752 1751 1749 1748 1747 1746 1745 1744 1743 1742 1740

1739 1738 1738 1737 1736 1735 1734 1733 1732 1731 1731 1730 1729 1729 1728 1727 1727 1726 1726 1725 1725 1724 1724 1723 1723 1723 1722 1722 1722 1722

1722 1722 1721 1721 1721 1721 1721 1722 1722 1722 1722 1722 1722 1723 1723 1723 1724 1724 1725 1725 1726 1726 1727 1727 1728 1729 1729 1730 1731 1731 1732

1733 1734 1734 1735 1736 1737 1738 1739 1740 1741 1742 1743 1744 1744 1745 1746 1747 1748 1750 1751 1752 1753 1754 1755 1756 1757 1758 1759 1800 1801 1802

1803 1804 1805 1806 1807 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815 1816 1817 1818 1819 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829 1830

19


SUNRISE/SUNSET TABLES Dyersburg, Tennessee (CST)

Camden, Tennessee (CST) 2016 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

2016

2017

OCT. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

NOV. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

DEC. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

JAN. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

FEB. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

548 549 550 550 551 552 553 554 555 555 556 557 558 559 600 601 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615

616 617 618 619 619 620 621 622 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 638 639 640 641 642 643 644

645 646 647 648 649 649 650 651 652 653 653 654 655 655 656 657 657 658 659 659 700 700 701 701 701 702 702 702 703 703 703

703 703 704 704 704 704 704 704 703 703 703 703 703 703 702 702 702 701 701 700 700 659 659 658 658 657 657 656 655 654 654

653 652 651 650 650 649 648 647 646 645 644 643 642 640 639 638 637 636 635 634 632 631 630 629 627 626 625 624

1735 1734 1732 1731 1730 1728 1727 1725 1724 1723 1721 1720 1718 1717 1716 1715 1713 1712 1711 1709 1708 1707 1706 1705 1703 1702 1701 1700 1659 1658 1657

1656 1655 1654 1653 1652 1651 1650 1650 1649 1648 1647 1646 1646 1645 1644 1644 1643 1643 1642 1642 1641 1641 1640 1640 1639 1639 1639 1639 1638 1638

1638 1638 1638 1638 1638 1638 1638 1638 1638 1638 1638 1639 1639 1639 1640 1640 1640 1641 1641 1642 1642 1643 1643 1644 1644 1645 1646 1646 1647 1648 1649

1649 1650 1651 1652 1653 1653 1654 1655 1656 1657 1658 1659 1700 1701 1702 1703 1704 1705 1706 1707 1708 1709 1710 1711 1712 1713 1714 1715 1716 1717 1719

1720 1721 1722 1723 1724 1725 1726 1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735 1736 1737 1738 1739 1740 1741 1742 1743 1744 1745 1746 1747

Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

NOV. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

DEC. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

JAN. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

FEB. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

553 554 555 555 556 557 558 559 600 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620

621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 646 647 648 649

650 651 652 653 654 655 655 656 657 658 658 659 700 701 701 702 702 703 704 704 705 705 706 706 706 707 707 707 708 708 708

708 708 709 709 709 709 709 709 709 708 708 708 708 708 707 707 707 706 706 705 705 705 704 703 703 702 702 701 700 700 659

658 657 656 655 655 654 653 652 651 650 649 648 647 646 644 643 642 641 640 639 637 636 635 634 633 631 630 629

Memphis, Tennessee (CST) 2016 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

20

1643 1643 1643 1643 1643 1643 1643 1643 1643 1643 1644 1644 1644 1644 1645 1645 1645 1646 1646 1647 1647 1648 1648 1649 1650 1650 1651 1652 1652 1653 1654

2016

DEC. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

JAN. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

FEB. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

555 556 557 557 558 559 600 601 601 602 603 604 605 606 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621

622 623 624 625 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 649

650 651 652 653 654 655 655 656 657 658 658 659 700 701 701 702 702 703 704 704 705 705 705 706 706 707 707 707 708 708 708

708 708 709 709 709 709 709 709 709 709 708 708 708 708 708 707 707 707 706 706 705 705 704 704 703 703 702 702 701 700 659

659 658 657 656 655 655 654 653 652 651 650 649 648 647 646 645 644 642 641 640 639 639 637 635 634 633 632 630

1648 1648 1648 1648 1648 1648 1648 1648 1648 1648 1649 1649 1649 1649 1650 1650 1650 1651 1651 1652 1652 1653 1653 1654 1654 1655 1656 1656 1657 1658 1659

1701 1700 1659 1658 1657 1656 1656 1655 1654 1653 1652 1652 1651 1650 1650 1649 1648 1648 1647 1647 1646 1646 1645 1645 1645 1644 1644 1644 1644 1643

1654 1655 1656 1657 1658 1659 1700 1700 1701 1702 1703 1704 1705 1706 1707 1708 1709 1710 1711 1712 1713 1714 1715 1716 1717 1718 1719 1721 1722 1723 1724

1725 1726 1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735 1736 1737 1738 1739 1740 1741 1742 1743 1744 1745 1746 1747 1748 1749 1750 1751 1752

Nashville, Tennessee (CST)

NOV. Rise Set A.M. P.M. 1705 1704 1703 1702 1701 1700 1700 1659 1658 1657 1656 1656 1655 1654 1654 1653 1653 1652 1652 1651 1651 1650 1650 1650 1649 1649 1649 1648 1648 1648

1740 1739 1737 1736 1735 1733 1732 1730 1729 1728 1726 1725 1724 1722 1721 1720 1718 1717 1716 1715 1713 1712 1711 1710 1709 1707 1706 1705 1704 1703 1702

2017

OCT. Rise Set A.M. P.M. 1743 1742 1740 1739 1738 1736 1735 1733 1732 1731 1729 1728 1727 1726 1724 1723 1722 1720 1719 1718 1717 1716 1715 1713 1712 1711 1710 1709 1708 1707 1706

2017

OCT. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

1659 1700 1701 1702 1703 1703 1704 1705 1706 1707 1708 1709 1710 1711 1712 1713 1714 1715 1716 1717 1718 1719 1720 1721 1722 1723 1724 1725 1726 1727 1728

1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735 1736 1737 1738 1739 1740 1741 1742 1743 1744 1745 1746 1747 1748 1749 1749 1750 1751 1752 1753 1754 1755

Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

2017

OCT. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

NOV. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

DEC. Rise Set A.M. P.M.

542 543 544 545 546 547 548 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 554 555 556 557 558 559 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 606 607 608 609

610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639

640 641 642 643 644 644 645 646 647 648 648 649 650 650 651 652 652 653 653 654 655 655 655 656 656 657 657 657 658 658 658

1730 1728 1727 1726 1724 1723 1721 1720 1719 1717 1716 1714 1713 1712 1710 1709 1708 1707 1705 1704 1703 1702 1700 1659 1658 1657 1656 1655 1654 1653 1652

1650 1649 1649 1648 1647 1646 1645 1644 1643 1642 1642 1641 1640 1639 1639 1638 1638 1637 1636 1636 1635 1635 1635 1634 1634 1634 1633 1633 1633 1633

1633 1632 1632 1632 1632 1632 1632 1632 1633 1633 1633 1633 1633 1634 1634 1634 1635 1635 1636 1636 1636 1637 1638 1638 1639 1639 1640 1641 1641 1642 1643

JAN. Rise Set A.M. P.M. 658 658 658 659 659 659 659 659 658 658 658 658 658 658 657 657 657 656 656 655 655 654 654 653 653 652 651 651 650 649 649

1644 1645 1645 1646 1647 1648 1649 1650 1651 1652 1652 1653 1654 1655 1656 1657 1658 1659 1700 1701 1702 1704 1705 1706 1707 1708 1709 1710 1711 1712 1713

FEB. Rise Set A.M. P.M. 648 647 646 645 644 643 643 642 641 640 639 637 637 635 634 633 632 631 630 628 627 626 625 623 622 621 620 618

1714 1715 1716 1717 1718 1719 1720 1721 1722 1724 1725 1726 1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735 1735 1737 1737 1738 1739 1740 1741

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