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TWRA reports Whirling Disease Found in Watauga and South Holston Tailwaters

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Whirling disease was recently discovered by biologists during their annual trout population monitoring in the South Holston and Watauga tailwaters. The discovery is the first known occurrence of this disease in Tennessee.

Whirling disease, a condition caused by a non-native microscopic parasite, affects fish in the trout and salmon family, including rainbow, brook, and brown trout. This parasite can cause damage to the fish’s cartilage and skeletal tissue, resulting in deformities in the head and spine.  They may also develop a black tail, or display “whirling” or erratic tail-chasing behavior.

Whirling Disease. (Barry Nehring, Aquatic Wildlife Researcher (retired), Colorado Division of Wildlife)

Whirling Disease. (Barry Nehring, Aquatic Wildlife Researcher (retired), Colorado Division of Wildlife)

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2017 Wildlife Awards go to Dan Gibbs, Joshua Roberson

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Dan Gibbs and Joshua Roberson have been honored by being named the 2017 TWRA Wildlife Biologist of the Year and Wildlife Technician of the Year, respectively.

The annual awards are presented by the TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division. Division Chief Mark Gudlin announced the winners at the January meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Dan Gibbs (second from left) holds his award for being named Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Biologist of the Year for 2017. Pictured (from left) are Ed Carter (TWRA Executive Director), Gibbs, Mark Gudlin (TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division Chief), John Mike (Region IV Wildlife Manager) Jeff Cook (Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Vice Chairman).

Dan Gibbs (second from left) holds his award for being named Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Biologist of the Year for 2017. Pictured (from left) are Ed Carter (TWRA Executive Director), Gibbs, Mark Gudlin (TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division Chief), John Mike (Region IV Wildlife Manager) Jeff Cook (Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Vice Chairman).

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TWRA announces Second Robert M. Scholarship Awarded to APSU Graduate Student Mackenzie Roeder

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Mackenzie Roeder, a graduate student at Austin Peay State University, is the second recipient of the Robert M. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship. She was recognized and presented the award at the January meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The $1,000 scholarship is named in honor of Bob Hatcher, who served the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for 38 years, which included the Non-Game and Endangered Species Coordinator from 1987 until 2001. Members of the Hatcher family attended the presentation at the TFWC meeting held at the agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.

Mackenzie Roeder (far right) received the 2017 Robert M. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship. Mackenzie, a graduate student at Austin Peay, was presented the award at the January meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Nashville. Pictured from left are Mr. Hatcher’s wife, Betty, TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter, the Hatchers’ daughter, Terri Hatcher Goodwin, the Hatchers’ son, Jerry, and TWRA Bird Conservation Coordinator, David Hanni. This marks the second year of the scholarship presented in Mr. Hatcher’s honor.

Mackenzie Roeder (far right) received the 2017 Robert M. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship. Mackenzie, a graduate student at Austin Peay, was presented the award at the January meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Nashville. Pictured from left are Mr. Hatcher’s wife, Betty, TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter, the Hatchers’ daughter, Terri Hatcher Goodwin, the Hatchers’ son, Jerry, and TWRA Bird Conservation Coordinator, David Hanni. This marks the second year of the scholarship presented in Mr. Hatcher’s honor.

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TWRA announces Antlerless Deer Hunting available on Private Lands only in L Counties, January 8th-12th

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced that antlerless deer hunting will be allowed on all privately owned lands in Unit L counties January 8th-12th, 2018. This is the third year for the five days of hunting following the completion of the deer season on January 7th.

Privately owned lands include leased land and lands owned by individuals.

Antlerless Deer Hunting allowed on Private Lands only in Unit L Counties January 8th through 12th.

Antlerless Deer Hunting allowed on Private Lands only in Unit L Counties January 8th through 12th.

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officers honored by MADD for Efforts

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently honored four Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife officers during the 2017 Statewide Night of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony.

TWRA wildlife officers Greg Julian, Josh Landrum, and Jeff Roberson were honored by MADD Tennessee for their efforts on removing boating under the influence (BUI) operators from Tennessee waterways thus enhancing safety and saving lives.

Four TWRA wildlife officers were honored at the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Night of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony in Nashville. Pictured (from left) are Sgt. Vinny Turocy of the Tennessee High Patrol, Glenn Moates, TWRA Assistant Boating and Law Enforcement Chief, Darren Rider, TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Chief, and honorees Jeff Roberson, Josh Landrum, Greg Julian, and Matt Majors. In the front, is MADD Tennessee President Pheadra Olsen.

Four TWRA wildlife officers were honored at the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Night of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony in Nashville. Pictured (from left) are Sgt. Vinny Turocy of the Tennessee High Patrol, Glenn Moates, TWRA Assistant Boating and Law Enforcement Chief, Darren Rider, TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Chief, and honorees Jeff Roberson, Josh Landrum, Greg Julian, and Matt Majors. In the front, is MADD Tennessee President Pheadra Olsen.

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TFWC Meeting receives update on Asian Carp

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRAHardeman County, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission received an update on Asian carp among its agenda items at the final meeting of the calendar year which concluded Friday.

The TFWC met for the first time at Lone Oaks Farm in Hardeman County near Bolivar and Middleton, which is operated by the University of Tennessee.

Frank Fiss, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division chief, presented an update on Asian carp.

Grass Carp

Grass Carp

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TWRA releases 2017-18 Winter Trout Stocking Schedule

 

Clarksville’s Billy Dunlop Park to be restocked on January 6th and February 1st, 2018

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced its 2017-18 winter trout stocking schedule. TWRA plans to release approximately 90,000 rainbow trout into Tennessee waters from December through March.

The program provides numerous close to home trout fishing opportunities for anglers during the winter months. These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing.

TWRA’s winter trout stocking program will begin in late November and continue into March. Approximately 90,000 rainbow trout will be stocked during the time frame. Updates can be found on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org

TWRA’s winter trout stocking program will begin in late November and continue into March. Approximately 90,000 rainbow trout will be stocked during the time frame. Updates can be found on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org

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TWRA announces 2017-18 Gun Hunting Season for Deer Opens November 16th

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Tennessee’s 2017-18 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, November 18th, 2017. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. The season will continue through January 7th, 2018 and the second Young Sportsman Hunt is January 13th-14th.

TWRA Elk Hunts to take place October 3rd - 7th and October 17th - 21st.

TWRA Elk Hunts to take place October 3rd – 7th and October 17th – 21st.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Recognizes Six Tennessee Veterans

 

Six Military Veteran State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize six veteran state employees and more than 474,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. 

The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Watch Out for Deer

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) cautions motorists to watch out for deer on or near the roadways.  An increase in deer related crashes is more likely during November-December due to deer mating and hunting season.

“Deer related crashes can be a very serious and dangerous incident,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.  “Deer pose a danger to motorists throughout the year, especially in the fall.  Stats show November is typically the worst month for deer-related crashes. It is important for motorists to exercise caution, slow down and remain alert in areas where deer are present.”

November-December worst time for deer related crashes

November-December worst time for deer related crashes

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