The state’s 2017-18 hunting seasons will be set when the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission holds its next meeting, May 23-24, on the campus of Bryan College in Dayton.
The meeting will begin on Tuesday, May 23 at 1 p.m. (EDT) with the committee sessions. The formal meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24. The location is in the Rhea County room.
At the TFWC’s April meeting, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency staff presented recommendations for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, offering few changes to its regulations. TWRA staff will review this year’s proposals and address specific questions raised during last month’s meeting. The full commission vote on the proclamation is Thursday.
After hearing the agency’s proposals in April, the TFWC discussed turkey harvest and bag limits, possibilities of minor changes in bear hunting days and establishing a consistent opening day, and the definition of what constitutes an antlered buck. The commission is expected to continue the discussion during the May meeting.
Various changes were recommended on wildlife management areas, public hunting areas, and national wildlife refuges. A public comment period on the proposals was held through May 15.