TWRA Requests Public Input On Pair Of Migratory Bird Issues

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking public input on two migratory bird issues.

The first issue involves the opening day of the 2013-14 waterfowl hunting seasons. Due to the federal framework and Tennessee’s 60-day waterfowl season, the season would open up on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.  The agency has the option to split the season and have an opening weekend on Saturday, Nov. 23 (also the opening of the deer gun season) or on Saturday, Nov. 16 (potential lack of water and/or ducks).

“Considering the potential conflicts that all those options present, we would like to hear what our waterfowl hunters would prefer,” said Daryl Ratajczak, chief of TWRA’s Wildlife and Forestry Division.

To complete the survey online, visit www.tnwildlife.org.

The TWRA is also soliciting input on a possible sandhill crane hunting season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended a potential 60-day sandhill crane season, with 775 permits available (3 birds per permit). The sandhill crane zone would be restricted to the southeastern portion of the state (south of I-40, East of Hwy 56) where the majority of the birds migrate. To provide comments on the sandhill crane season, send emails to TWRA.Comment@tn.gov with the subject line “Sandhill Crane.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also have a 10-day public comment period once the recommendation is published to the Federal Register in late July

Both the Waterfowl opening day survey and the TWRA sandhill crane comment period will be open until Aug. 10. For those individuals without internet services, comments on both issues can be mailed to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Att: Waterfowl Regulations, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204. Sportsmen casting a vote on the opening day of waterfowl seasons must supply a valid TWRA ID number.


Tellico Wild: A Weekend Of Wilderness In The Cherokee National Forest

Tennessee Wild is hosting a weekend of free outdoor activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act of 1964, and to support protecting special forest places while promoting the Tellico Region and Cherokee National Forest as the ideal destination for outdoor recreation in the southeast.   Come learn more about a key effort to protect special places in ... (click for more)

Lee Hosts National Fishing Tournament Aug. 5-9

Lee University’s Campus Recreation and the Lee University Anglers Fishing Club, in partnership with Southern Brothers Anglers, Bendabout Farms and Pryor Lake, will host the 106th American Casting Association North America National Championship Tournament Aug. 5-9 in Cleveland. “We are honored to host this prestigious and historical event for the first time in the Southeast,” ... (click for more)

House Approves Expansion Of Chattanooga Veterans Affairs Clinic

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to authorize funding for a new lease and expanded Veterans Affairs clinic in Chattanooga. This veterans’ package has been approved by the House and Senate Conference Committee.  Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said, “I am proud to announce the legislation passed this afternoon will fund a new lease for a multi-specialty ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Council To Hold Special Meeting On Naming New City Judge

The Cleveland City Council will hold a special called meeting next Monday to consider an interim appointment of a city judge. It will be at 11:45 a.m. at the City Council’s regular meeting place in the Cleveland Municipal Building, 190 Church Street, NE. The council will also establish the process for application for city judge. Longtime City Judge Bill Moss died July ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mark’s 50th Anniversary Toast

In the new book that celebrates the first 50 years of baseball’s Southern League, its splendid author Mark McCarter recalls that very early in his career as a sports writer, he was riding with his boss somewhere and mentioned that if the legendary Allan Morris ever needed help covering the Chattanooga Lookouts that he’d love to help. Today, as he looks back, he ruefully adds, “I ... (click for more)