Waterfowl Blind Permit Drawings Are Saturday

Friday, August 2, 2013

The 2013 edition of Tennessee’s long-standing tradition of hand-drawn duck blind drawings will be held at the regular sites across the state on Saturday.

Registration will be held from 7-10 a.m. and the drawings will begin at 10 a.m. at most locations. For more information, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website, www.tnwildlife.org.

While hand drawings will be held for the majority of the locations, a computerized drawing system for blind sites on Bogota and Thorny Cypress Wildlife Management Areas in Dyer County and the four units on the Chickamauga WMA (Candies Creek, Johnson Bottoms, Rogers Creek, and Yellow Creek) will again be conducted for this season. The application period is Sept. 4-Oct. 9 for these areas.

The 2013-14 state waterfowl seasons will be set at the Aug. 22-23 meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. The August meeting will be held in Knoxville at the Holiday Inn West at Cedar Bluff.


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