Three Popular Waterfowl Hunting Areas Have New Regulations

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hunting regulations have been changed on Gooch Unit E, Meeman-Shelby State Park, and White Oak (Lebanon Pond area) Wildlife Management Areas. 

The duck hunting on these areas, prior to the change, was on a first come first serve basis. There were not any established hunting sites and hunters could set up anywhere they wanted. This has created an overcrowded issue which has resulted in numerous safety issues and has ultimately diminished the quality of the hunt.

 

These areas have been added to the computerized drawing system used by other wildlife management areas with temporary hunting sites. Hunters may apply as individuals or in parties of up to five hunters. Successful Individual applicants may bring up to 4 other hunters with them when they hunt. Hunters will apply at places that sell hunting licenses or on the TWRA website, from Sept. 3-24. 

The applicants pick the Wildlife Management Area and the dates and sites that they wish to hunt.  They may apply for up to 24 hunt dates, but can only be drawn for a maximum of five of their choices. 

The computerized draw will randomly choose an individual or party. The chosen individual/party will be assigned a specific hunt period at a specific site from the choices made on the application.  Individuals/parties may be chosen for multiple hunt periods depending on the number of sites, the number of hunting periods and the number of applicants on each Wildlife Management Area. 

Individuals/parties will be notified of the site and dates within two weeks of the computerized draw.  The hunters must then determine if they intend to hunt at that site on those days and return an intent to hunt card to TWRA. 

If the intent to hunt card is not received by TWRA by the specified deadline, then this hunt site and hunt period will be considered vacant.  Vacant sites and sites not allocated by the computerized draw will be issued to individuals at a hand held drawing, at a place and time to be determined, for each Wildlife Management Area. 

Hunters selected for a hunting site, either by the computerized drawing or by the hand held vacancy drawing, must possess a confirmation number while hunting at the site.  Sites may not be hunted unless at least one hunter selected for that site and hunt period is present.  No more than five hunters may hunt from any hunting site.  Hunters must remain at the specified hunting site while afield. 

Maps marked with waterfowl hunting sites and GPS coordinates, for each area, will soon be available at TWRA offices and at tnwildlife.org. 

For specific regulations regarding the individual WMAs contact Larry Armstrong for Gooch E at 731 749-5587; Pete Creech for White Oak at 731 687-3444; and Chris Park for Meeman Shelby at 901 876-5169.  If no one answers, leave a message for the manager to return your call.  


Invasive Zebra Mussels Found In Cherokee Lake

An invasive species has made its way into Cherokee Lake threatening to disrupt the lake’s ecosystem and clog the lake with harmful and unsightly mussel colonies. Last month, an angler fishing near the TWRA boat ramp at Olen Marshall Bridge in Bean Station discovered what he believed to be zebra mussels.  He contacted the TWRA office and biologists were able to positively ... (click for more)

Photo Contest Underway For 2015-16 Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Issue

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2014-15 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee. Interested photographers must submit ... (click for more)

TVA Sues Cleveland's Allan Jones Over Dock, Retaining Wall, Boat Ramp, Boathouse On Hiwassee River

TVA has sued Cleveland, Tn., Check Into Cash millionaire W. Allan Jones Jr. over the construction of a dock, retaining wall, boat ramp and boathouse on the Hiwassee River. In the lawsuit in Federal Court, TVA said it told Mr. Jones before the construction was finished that he was on TVA property. The complaint says he has refused to move the construction from the river. ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Manger Scene Stays!

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation struck the tiny town of Jay, Fla., earlier this month, the town mayor had a life-sized Nativity scene that had been displayed every Christmas for the past 40 years taken down and sold as “city surplus.” But in Alabama, things are different. When the foundation tried the same thing in Rainbow City, Ala., more people than all those who live ... (click for more)