Commission To Set Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a two-day meeting Feb. 16-17, in Nashville at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.

The committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The regular TFWC meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The public is invited to attend.

The commission will vote on the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting seasons.  At the TFWC’s January meeting in Memphis, the TWRA shared proposed season dates and bag limits for all migratory bird species. The TWRA is also recommending an operational sandhill crane hunting season. For the past four years, an experimental sandhill crane hunting season has been held in a limited area in East Tennessee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved an operational season for Tennessee.

The agency is proposing a two-week shift in the American Woodcock season. Currently this season starts the last Saturday in October and the shift would have it beginning the second Saturday of November. Other seasons will remain intact with only date changes. 

 Due to recent changes in the timing of the federal regulation process, Tennessee and other states will now set their waterfowl, dove and other migratory bird seasons earlier in the calendar year. Waterfowl seasons had been set in late summer in previous years.

The commission had asked the TWRA to review the big game check-in system which was made at the January meeting. The commission requested the cost of big game harvest survey and tagging options which will be made at the February meeting.

The Biodiversity Division will discuss the lists of species in the state that are deemed endangered, threatened and in need of management. The Code of Tennessee requires the list to be reviewed by the commission every two years.

The Information Technology Division’s 2016 Professional of the Year of the Year will be introduced to the commission.

TFWC Chairman Harold Cannon will call for a report from the TFWC Officer Nominating Committee. The TFWC will elect new officers for 2017-18.

The February meeting is scheduled to conclude the appointments of five commissioners. The out-going commissioners are Jim Bledsoe (Jamestown), Harold Cannon (Lenoir City), Dr. Jeff McMillin (Bristol), Jim Ripley (Sevierville), and Trey Teague (Jackson).


Fur Harvesters Sale Is March 4 In Crossville

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will be on hand to provide fur harvesters with bobcat and otter tags at the annual Fur Harvesters Association sale on  March 4 , at the Cumberland County Fair Complex in Crossville. Check in starts at  8:00 a.m. Central Standard Time and the sale will begin  9:30 a.m.  The event will continue until all sales are ... (click for more)

Registration Opens March 1 For 67th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Registration for the 67th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage   opens at  8 a.m.   Wednesday, March 1 . Each year, more than 700 people from more than 35 states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains as the spring flora tints the forest with flowers and vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home. This year, the pilgrimage ... (click for more)

Signal School Study Says Under Own School System Much More Could Go To The Classroom; Lennon Says Getting Land, Buildings A Major Issue

A panel studying a new school system operated by Signal Mountain concluded that much more money could go directly into the classroom, helping students further increase their potential.   However, County School Board member Kathy Lennon said how the town would be able to acquire the land and buildings is a major issue.   A group of Signal Mountain residents ... (click for more)

Man, 39, Shot Late Friday Night In The Vicinity Of North Chamberlain Avenue

Police said a 39-year-old man was shot late Friday night in the vicinity of North Chamberlain Avenue.   He was identified as Ruben Williams Sr.   Officers with the Chattanooga Police Department were informed just before midnight that a shooting victim arrived at a local hospital via personal vehicle.   Officers made contact with the victim who advised ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Trump's Latest Delight

I was quite amused this week when Donald Trump’s administration “locked out” several news organizations from the daily press briefings at the White House. The reason I loved it because in the 50 years I have spent in the news business, I have been locked out of press conferences, too. To be truthful, I am a longtime veteran of a bunch of “you versus me” squabbles and, if I do say, ... (click for more)