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TWRC makes Amendment to Wild Hog Proclamation
Posted By News Staff On Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 10:00 pm In News | No Comments
Hears Fisheries Division Updates
Jackson, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission amended the Statewide Non-protected Wildlife Proclamation concerning the eradication of wild hogs and heard updates on fisheries among business at its September meeting which concluded Friday.
Concerning the eradication of wild hogs, landowners have voiced concerns that the persons who had leased their land for hunting had expected to be able to have the opportunity to kill a hog. The landowners were concerned they will lose the income produced from these leases.
In response to this concern, the commission voted to allow all landowners who have hunting leases the ability to authorize individuals under those leases to assist in the eradication of wild hogs. The leases must have been in effect as of September 15th, 2011.
Landowners who have hunting leases in effect as of September 15th, 2011 may allow individuals authorized under the lease to assist in eradication efforts of wild hogs. Authorized lease members may use the following methods:
a. Any weapon and ammunition legal for taking big game and small game during daylight hours only.
b. Live traps with bait. Bait may not be used during big game hunting seasons without an exemption from the TWRA. All targeted animals must be dispatched before removal from trap.
c. If a landowner has obtained an exemption, authorized lease members may shoot hogs at night with the aid of artificial light, shoot over bait during big game season, or any other methods as approved by TWRA. Authorized lease members may also use dogs as part of the experimental eradication program in Overton, Fentress, Cumberland, and Pickett counties. Dogs may not be used during November or December.
The authorization of lease members by landowners for wild hog eradication expires February 28th, 2012.
Also, in response to suggestions about the hog eradication process, the commission authorized the incidental take of wild hogs during previously scheduled bear/dog hunts in the counties or portions of counties open to bear/dog hunting in the current Big Game Hunting Season Proclamation.
In other business at the meeting, as a follow-up to previous discussions, Frank Fiss, Assistant Chief of TWRA Fisheries, presented options for a fishing guide license for the commission’s and public’s consideration.
The fishing guide license options presented were 1) no change to existing rules or no guide license required; 2) fishing guide license required ($200.00 for residents, $1,000 for non-residents); and 3) fishing guide license required (the same fee of $200 for residents, $1,000 for non-residents) and guides would need to meet qualifying criteria. Those criteria included for discussion were proof of insurance, background check, first aid/CPR training, and boating safety training. No decision was made on these options. However, the discussion was centered around the guide license for designated tailwater fisheries.
Also presented were recommendations offered by Commercial Fishing Advisory Committee. The volunteer committee is entirely comprised of nine members of the commercial fishing community and was recently established by the Tennessee General Assembly.
These recommendations will be reviewed by TWRA staff. After input from the general public, this issue will be reviewed by the commission.
The TWRC will hold its next meeting October 13th-14th in Nashville.
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