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Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approves 2013-2014 Hunting Seasons

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission set the state’s 2013-14 hunting seasons at its May 30th-31st meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Ray Bell Region II Building.

TWRA staff had presented the recommendations on upcoming hunting seasons at its April meeting with few changes for 2013-14. Tennessee deer hunters will again see an increased opportunities for harvest in the coming year. «Read the rest of this article»

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Federal cuts pose problems for TWRA’s Trout Stocking Program

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Federal fish hatcheries responsible for raising 60 percent of all trout in Tennessee are in jeopardy due to proposed federal budget cuts. The cuts would become effective October 11th, 2011 and would eliminate a majority of the funding for the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery and the Erwin National Fish Hatchery.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) relies on the fish from Dale Hollow and Erwin hatcheries to provide quality fishing at dozens of locations in Tennessee. Both facilities are operated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  «Read the rest of this article»

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Chattanooga Girl Wins Best of Show for 2011 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Joanna Rush, of Chattanooga is the Best of Show winner in the 2011 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp art contest. She was recognized as this year’s winner at an awards’ ceremony held at Bass Pro Shops.

Joanna, who recently turned 15, is a sophomore home school student. She titled her winning artwork “Let’s Get Together,” depicting a male and female cinnamon teal in acrylic, colored pencil, and water color.

Joanna Rush, of Chattanooga, is pictured with her awards. Also pictured (from left), Don King, Chief of the Information and Education Division of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Jarron Ritchie, Bass Pro Shops Operations Manager, Joan Stevens, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tennessee Refuge, Karen Anna Barton, Joanna’s art teacher, Mike Butler, CEO of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and Barron Crawford, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tennessee Refuge. (TWRA)

Joanna Rush, of Chattanooga, is pictured with her awards. Also pictured (from left), Don King, Chief of the Information and Education Division of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Jarron Ritchie, Bass Pro Shops Operations Manager, Joan Stevens, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tennessee Refuge, Karen Anna Barton, Joanna’s art teacher, Mike Butler, CEO of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and Barron Crawford, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tennessee Refuge. (TWRA)

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TWRA seeks help in 2011 Bald Eagle Nest survey

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Scott Somershoe, ornithologist for The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has announced the agency is looking for bald eagle nests across Tennessee in 2011.

TWRA, in partner with other government agencies and private citizens, have been monitoring bald eagle nests across the state for many years; however there are gaps in monitoring as birds have moved nests and many new nests are appearing annually. «Read the rest of this article»

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TWRA Voted to Delay Sandhill Hunting Regulation Process for Two Years

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has delayed a decision for at least to two years to move forward through the regulation process and request the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a hunting season for sandhill cranes in the state.

The decision came in a vote by the commission at its January meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building. A lengthy discussion was held during the wildlife portion of the committee meetings on Thursday. The commission heard presentations from Tim White, TWRA Migratory Game Bird Coordinator and Jim Kelley of the USFWS. The TWRC also heard opinions from representatives on both sides of the issue. «Read the rest of this article»

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TWRC hears Fishing updates among business at September Meeting

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRACrossville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission heard several fishing-related items, including an update on Tennessee’s statewide trout fishing programs, among its business conducted at its September meeting held at the Crossville Hampton Inn.

The commission, which will approve the 2011 sport fishing regulations at its October meeting, heard an update on a pair of changes. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency decided to keep its original recommendations concerning the size limit on crappie at Whiteville Lake in Hardeman County and the closed fishing zone in Cherokee Reservoir.

As was discussed at the August commission meeting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that shovelnose sturgeon be listed as a “similarity of appearance” species with the federally endangered pallid sturgeon. Proclamation 10-12 amends the commercial fishing proclamation to prohibit the take (harvest) of this species by commercial fishing activities in Tennessee. In addition, due to the action taken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on shovelnose sturgeon, the agency is proposing to prohibit the harvest of this species by sport fishing methods as well. If sturgeon are accidentally captured, they should be released immediately. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency meeting

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will hear an update on the proposed 2011 sport fish proposals and an overview of Tennessee’s trout program at its September meeting. The TWRC will meet September 22nd-23rd in Crossville at the Hampton Inn.

The commission was presented the 2011 sport fish proposals at its August meeting. An update on two sport fish changes, that were mentioned at the August 2010 Commission meeting (Whiteville Lake crappie and the closed fishing zone in Cherokee Reservoir), will be made.

As was discussed at the August commission meeting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that shovelnose sturgeon be listed as a “similarity of appearance” species with the federally endangered pallid sturgeon. Proclamation 10-12 amends the commercial fishing proclamation to prohibit the take (harvest) of this species by commercial fishing activities in Tennessee. In addition, due to the action taken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on shovelnose sturgeon, the agency is proposing to prohibit the harvest of this species by sport fishing methods as well. «Read the rest of this article»

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Duck Stamp exhibit features young artists

 

An exhibit of Duck Stamp art by area students is now on exhibit at the Custom House Museum in downtown Clarksville.

The exhibit is small, confined to a single wall panel, but features wonderful mixed media drawings and paintings by young artists. The Duck Stamp exhibit is part of a statewide initiative to bring awareness to local wildlife and its ecosystems.

The Duck Stamp exhibit is located on the lower level of the Custom House Museum

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