TFWC To Hold 1st Meeting Of 2014 In Memphis At Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s first meeting of 2014 will be held in Memphis at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters. Committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 while the regular session is on Friday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

Among the agenda items on the first meeting of the year will be a hunting seasons summary provided by Daryl Ratajczak, Chief of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Wildlife Division. These will include the deer, fall turkey, black bear, and inaugural sandhill crane season. A brief update of the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area’s wild hog control will also be given.

The TWRA recently implemented a new check-in application. An update on it will be presented.

Chris Richardson, Special Assistant to the Director/Policy and Legislation will give a preview on the upcoming session of the Tennessee Legislature. An update on issues with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in regard to license and certification programs and boat registration will be given.

The TWRA has had a long standing partnership with Duck Unlimited. Highlights of the relationship will be shared at this month’s meeting.

Representatives of the Shikar-Safari Club International will be at the meeting to present its 2013 Tennessee Officer of the Year Award. The annual award from the conservation-based organization honors the officer whose efforts during the year display outstanding performance and achievement among TWRA law enforcement personnel.

The commission will take the opportunity to recognize Bill Dance, nationally-known fishing personality. He has been active through the years in fishing, the outdoors and Tennessee in general.

West Tennessee resident Shane Hall will be introduced as the coordinator for the Agency/Commission Moment of Freedom Project.

The meeting will be the commission’s first in Memphis in several years. The public is invited to attend. The location of the DU building is One Waterfowl Way, 38120.

Here is the agenda:

Time               Discussion                                                            Subject


1:00 p.m.*       Chairman Jeff McMillin                                    Call to Order

                                                                                                      Roll Call


                        Wildlife Management Committee:

                              Trey Teague, Chairperson

                              Tom Rice, Vice-Chairperson

                              Jim Bledsoe

                              James Stroud

                              Jamie Woodson

                              Bill Cox

                              David N. Watson

                              Daryl Ratajczak, Chief                             1.         Hunting Season Summary

                              Wildlife Division

                              Daryl Ratajczak, Chief                             2.         Ducks Unlimited Partnership

                              Wildlife Division

                              Craig Hilburn

                              Manager of Conservation Programs

                              Ducks Unlimited, Inc.                                                     

                        Fisheries Management Committee:

                              Jim Bledsoe, Chairperson

                              Bill Cox, Vice Chairperson

                              Harold Cannon

                              Clayton Stout

                              Jeff Griggs

                              Jim Ripley

                              Bobby Wilson, Chief                                1.         Commercial Fishing                                                    Fisheries Division                                                                    Proclamation 14-01


                        Retention and Recruitment Committee:

                              James Stroud, Chairperson

                              David Watson, Vice-Chairperson

                              Jim Bledsoe

                              Bill Cox

                              Clayton Stout

                              Trey Teague

                              Shane Hall, Coordinator                           1.         Moment of Freedom

                              Moment of Freedom                                             Project

                        Government Relations Committee:

                              Jamie Woodson, Chairperson

                              Harold Cannon, Vice-Chairperson

                              Jeff Griggs

                              Jim Bledsoe

                              Jim Ripley

                              Tom Rice

                              Chris Richardson                                      1.         Update on Upcoming Session

                              Special Assistant to Director/                               of the Legislature

                              Policy and Legislation

                                                                                                2.         Recent Meetings with County

Officials and State Representatives   

                              Barry Sumners                                          3.         Legislative History of the TN

                              Assistant Director                                                 Permanent Senior Citizen

                              Chris Richardson                                                  License

                              Special Assistant to Director/

                  Policy and Legislation                              4.         Update on Issues with the US Fish and Wildlife Service                       

                        Audit Committee:                                         

                              Bill Cox, Chairperson

                              Jeff Griggs, Vice Chairperson

                              Jamie Woodson

                              Clayton Stout

                              Tom Rice

                              Barry Sumners                                          1.         Audit Compliance Update

                              Assistant Director                            

                        Budget Committee:

                  Jeff Griggs, Chairperson

                  Harold Cannon, Vice-Chairperson                              

                              Jim Ripley

                              James Stroud      

                              Barry Sumners                                          1.         Budget Expansion

                              Assistant Director                                                 $37,500

                                                                                                            State Wildlife Grants Project

                                                                                                2.         Real Estate Report                 

*Times subject to change

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