Waterfowl, Migratory Bird Hunting Proposals Made During TFWC 1st Meeting In 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

A preview of the 2018-19 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting seasons was presented at the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s first meeting of the year. The two-day meeting concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.

Jamie Feddersen, TWRA’s Migratory Game Bird Program leader, gave the preview. Seasons and bag limits for most migratory gamebirds will be similar to 2017-18.

Proposed changes include the increase of the daily bag limit for pintails and black ducks from one bird a day to two birds a day.

Another proposed change is in regard to the youth waterfowl hunts which occur on consecutive Saturdays in February. The hunts have been for youth ages 6 to 15, but the agency is proposing a change for youth from ages 6 to 16 to fall in line with other TWRA youth hunts such as deer and turkey.  Federal regulations were recently changed to include youth to age 16.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, age 21 or older. Also proposed is, adults and other persons accompanying youth hunters shall not hunt during these youth waterfowl hunts.

The proposal includes an expansion for most goose seasons to include more days. The bag limit of white-fronted geese would increase from two birds a day to three a day.

The statewide sandhill crane hunting season will remain the same with only a change in calendar dates.

Frank Fiss, Fisheries Division chief, followed his presentation that he gave in December with an update on Asian carp. He discussed the agency’s exploring the possibilities of controlling the invasive species, including working with commercial fishermen. 

Doug Markham, TWRA Communications manager, also updated the commission on the agency’s continued efforts to educate the public about chronic wasting disease (CWD). Tennessee has not had any documented cases of the disease which could be devastating to deer and elk populations. Efforts  include informing hunters who travel out of state about Tennessee’s carcass import restrictions.

Three surrounding states, Arkansas, Missouri, and Virginia, have reported cases of CWD in deer or elk herds. They are among the states where Tennessee’s important restrictions apply.

Ducks Unlimited/Canada representative Dave Kostersky, discussed the 2017 highlights and the organizations continued partnership with the TWRA. He was joined by the DU/Canada Chairman Jim Couch and they presented plaques of appreciation to commission members for continued support of the organization.

Several awards were presented at this month’s meeting. Mark Gudlin, TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division chief, announced the wildlife biologist and wildlife technician of the year. Dan Gibbs, from TWRA Region IV, was the biologist winner and Josh Roberson, TWRA Region I, was named the technician award winner.

David Hanni, TWRA’s State Bird Conservation coordinator, introduced the second winner of the Robert M. Hatcher Ornithological Scholarship. Mackenzie Roeder, a graduate student at Austin Peay, was at the meeting to receive her award. The $1,000 scholarship is named in honor of Bob Hatcher, who served the TWRA for 38 years ending his career as the Non-Game and Endangered Species coordinator from 1987 until 2001. 


TWRA Launches New Smartphone App With Enhanced Features

Tennessee Fish And Wildlife Commission's 1st 2019 Meeting To Be Held At Duck Unlimited Headquarters In Memphis

Egg Candling Classes Offered In Walker County On Feb. 13


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is launching a new smartphone app, “TWRA on the Go,” with enhanced features to make it easier to hunt, fish, boat, and enjoy wildlife. “We are always ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its first 2019 meeting at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters in Memphis. The two-day meeting is set for Jan. 17-18 (Thursday-Friday). ... (click for more)

The Walker County Extension Office is hosting egg candling classes on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Walker County Ag. Center in Rock Spring. The Georgia Department of Agriculture will teach the ... (click for more)


Outdoors

TWRA Launches New Smartphone App With Enhanced Features

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is launching a new smartphone app, “TWRA on the Go,” with enhanced features to make it easier to hunt, fish, boat, and enjoy wildlife. “We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for those who enjoy the outdoors,” said Michael May, TWRA Assistant Director. “The new app makes it easy to go paperless and report your deer or ... (click for more)

Tennessee Fish And Wildlife Commission's 1st 2019 Meeting To Be Held At Duck Unlimited Headquarters In Memphis

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its first 2019 meeting at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters in Memphis. The two-day meeting is set for Jan. 17-18 (Thursday-Friday). Committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The regular commission meeting begins at 9 a.m., Friday. Among the items on this month’s agenda, is an update on chronic wasting ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Federal Agents Make 126 Arrests, Seize Guns, Drugs During Operation Triple Beam

Federal officials said they made 126 arrests and seized seven guns and a large amount of illegal drugs during Operation Triple Beam in Hamilton County. David G. Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and J. Douglas Overbey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said OTB was a systematic and sustained collaborative enforcement operation specifically ... (click for more)

Google Working With TVA To Put 1.6 Million Solar Panels In Tennessee And Alabama To Power New Data Centers

Google plans to work with TVA to deploy 1.6 million solar panels to power two new huge Google data centers in Tennessee and Alabama. Google officials said, "Hundreds of engineers, electricians and construction workers are building two new, energy-efficient Google data center campuses in the Southeastern U.S. - one in Tennessee and another in northern Alabama . And we’re not stopping ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Culture Of Policing In Chattanooga - And Response (3)

I totally agree with the sentiments expressed by Brenda Washington. Over the years, I have noticed that people tend to ignore or dismiss what she says, or attack her. This is unfortunate, because she is alerting people of the problems within the culture of policing in Chattanooga, whether it is in Hamilton County or the city of Chattanooga. There are good, honest police officers ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Best Olympics Story Ever

When I was in elementary school, there was an article in “Boys Life” magazine that introduced me to Jesse Owens, the great Olympic athlete who was far-and-away my favorite of all my childhood heroes. You’ll remember Hitler said Jesse was a member of the “United States Negro Auxiliary” at the 1936 Olympic Games because blacks were too inferior to be on the real U.S. team. You’ll ... (click for more)