TWRA Reminds Motorists Of Deer Rut

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reminds motorists to stay alert during deer rut. Rut, simply put, is the breeding season for whitetail deer. It occurs each fall and is triggered by shorter day length. Deer are far more active during this time. Rut can occur through December.

 

0001pt;">The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reported 7,219 deer related crashes in 2017 resulting in 330 injuries and one fatality. Whitetail deer are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Rut however, can alter deer behavior. Motorists should heed deer crossing signs and even reduce speeds in areas where deer are known to be active.

 

Motorists encountering deer should brake firmly and remain in their lane of travel. Drivers should also expect more than one deer. Deer are often in groups. Should a motorist hit a deer, they should follow their insurance provider’s recommendations for reporting the incident. TWRA does not keep deer-vehicle crash records or remove deer from roadways.

 

Deer killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed for personal use and consumption. However, the vehicle operator must notify TWRA or other law enforcement officer within 48 hours. To see deer-vehicle crash statistics visit https://www.tn.gov/safety/news/54029



Reflection Riding Holds Spring Native Plant Sale This Weekend

Reflection Riding is holding its Spring Native Plant Sale selling the region's best selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials.  Here is the schedule: Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale and Earth Day Festival.  Native plants, grown for a variety of garden conditions, are beautiful, sustainable, and contribute ... (click for more)

TWRA Congratulates Tennessee Wildlife Federation On Award

A strong advocate for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been honored with a prestigious national award. The Federation has been named the 2018 Affiliate of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation in recognition of its outstanding achievement in promoting conservation of wildlife and natural resources on the state and national level. ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In Plane Crash At The Collegedale Airport

A person was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening. Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane is a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said the person who died frequently had flown out of the Collegedale Airport. The FAA and NTSB are investigating ... (click for more)

$26.2 Million Grant Awarded For Bradley County Veterans Home

A $26.2 million U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Veterans Home Grant has been awarded for the construction of the future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home. “Today is a monumental day for the veterans of East Tennessee, and I am thrilled that they have finally received the long overdue grant funding for the Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home," said ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)