Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) approved updates to the state’s fishing regulations at its September meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.
The changes came to the commercial fishing, sport fishing regulations, and bait regulations for 2020-22.
In addition to the fishing regulations, the Fisheries Division announced its 2019 awards. Eric Ganus, who coordinates the agency’s statewide commercial fish, turtle, and mussel programs, was named Fisheries Biologist of the Year. Tim Williams was named Fisheries Technician of the Year and serves as the senior technician at Buffalo Springs Hatchery, the agency’s largest trout hatchery which is located in Rutledge.
TWRA announces 2019 Free Youth Deer Hunt Registration Underway to Win Opportunity to Record First Harvest
Nashville, TN – Youth between the ages of 10-16, who are hunter safety certified and who have never harvested a deer, are eligible to win a spot in what has become an annual special hunt. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the hunt in conjunction with the opening day of the 2019 Tennessee Young Sportsman Deer Hunt on Saturday, October 26th.
Youth from various regions from across the state have participated in the event held at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in Humphreys County.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) will be updating fishing regulations at its September meeting. The meeting is scheduled September 19th-20th, 2019 in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building in Nashville.
Committee meetings start at 1:00pm on Thursday. The regular TFWC meeting begins at 9:00am on Friday.
The TWRA Fisheries Division presented its proposed changes to regulations at the TFWC’s August meeting.
Nashville, TN – A deer collected in Tipton County has tested suspect positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). If confirmed, this would change Tipton County from being a high-risk CWD county to a CWD positive county.
Tipton County is already a part of Unit CWD, therefore deer carcass exportation and wildlife feeding restrictions already apply there, as well as the Unit CWD hunting regulations.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Tennessee’s statewide three-day archery private lands only/antlered only deer season will be held August 23rd-25th, 2019. In addition, newly-created muzzleloader/archery, antlered only hunt for the new Unit CWD for private lands and selected public lands will take place.
Unit CWD hunting regulations only apply to CWD positive counties of Fayette County, Hardeman County, and Madison County and CWD high-risk counties of Chester County, Haywood County, McNairy County, Shelby County, and Tipton County.
Nashville, TN – On Saturday, August 24th, 2019, Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season as well as being during the August private lands, archery only deer season.
Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity for people to experience the enjoyment of the sport.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2019 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Sunday, September 1st.
Mourning doves are a popular game bird and one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America. More mourning doves are harvested than all other migratory bird species combined in 39 of the continental states. In Tennessee, an estimated 19,000 hunters harvested approximately 334,000 mourning doves last year.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) wants to remind waterfowl hunters of adjustments that have been made for the August 3rd, 2019 handheld duck blind drawings to be conducted at 10 locations.
On-site registrations for individuals will be conducted in the traditional format from 7:00am-10:00am. There will be a two-stage drawing.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) says the 2019-20 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide has arrived. The guide is available at all TWRA offices and will be distributed at license vendors throughout the state.
The guide is also available online. Users may access the new interactive, mobile-friendly, eregulations site, www.eregulations.com/tennessee/hunting/ or download the full PDF document as in years past. Both options are available on the agency website at www.tnwildlife.org
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reports there was one boating-related fatality and nine boating under the influence (BUI) arrests made over a four-day span which included the Independence Day (July 4th) holiday and the annual Operation Dry Water.
The fatality occurred July 4th on Normandy Lake in Coffee County. According to witnesses, a 61-year-old man from Huntsville, AL, jumped off the back of a ski boat and swam away, but did not return. Individuals attempted to rescue the man.
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