Free Hunt Day begins on Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Tennessee residents will be able to hunt without a license for just one day this weekend.

His objectives? squirrels

Wild Hunt Day, August 27, is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) holds annually on the opening day of chipmunk season in hopes of increasing the interest in hunting.

“Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions,” says a TWRA press release. “The day serves as an excellent opportunity for people to experience the enjoyment of sport.”

On Free Hunt Day, in-state hunters are exempt from the hunting license and permit requirements of the Wildlife Management Area (WMA). However, the hunter education requirements still apply. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 must have successfully completed a hunter education course.

Hunters can catch up to 10 squirrels per day from the opening day of squirrel season through March 15. Each hunting day begins half an hour before sunrise and ends half an hour after sunset.