Migratory Gamebird Hunting Seasons Among February TFWC Agenda Items

Friday, February 15, 2019

The setting of the 2019-20 migratory gamebird hunting seasons will be among the agenda items for the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its February meeting.

The two-day meeting is set for Feb. 21-22 (Thursday-Friday). Committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The regular commission meeting begins at 9 a.m., Friday.

A preview of waterfowl and migratory game bird hunting seasons were made at the January meeting held in Memphis. The proclamation includes season dates and bag limits for ducks, geese, crows, dove, snipe, woodcock, rails, and sandhill cranes.

Changes in the federal framework require the TWRA to update its proclamation each year. The season change proposed to crow, woodcock, ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes were based mainly on hunter input.

Chuck Yoest, CWD (chronic wasting disease)  Coordinator, will present an update on the TWRA’s CWD response efforts. James Kelly, Deer Management Program leader, will provide a brief update on changes made to the Strategic Deer Management Plan as a result of public input received and the confirmation of CWD in Tennessee.

Tennessee had a record black bear harvest in 2018. Dan Gibbs, the Black Bear Program leader, will provide an overview of the season, research, and ongoing issues.

Several TWRA divisions are in preparation for various outreach and support roles for the Bassmaster Classic and Outdoors Expo in Knoxville, March 15-17. Pro anglers will compete for three days on Fort Loudoun and Tellico lakes. TWRA Fisheries Chief Frank Fiss will discuss TWRA’s involvement for the event, which is expected to attract more than 150,000 spectators.

Other updates will include in the area of marketing and R3 (recruitment, retention, and reactivation) efforts from 2018 and a look at new tactics for this year.

The commission will elect its new officers for 2019-20 to serve as chairman, vice chairman, and secretary. The February meeting will also conclude the appointment terms for commissioners Jeff Cook (Franklin), Bill Cox (Collierville), Chad Baker (Bristol), Bill Swan (Dunlap), and Jamie Woodson (Lebanon).


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Three hunters charged with multiple violations associated with illegal duck hunting pled guilty in Loudon County General Sessions Court on Wednesday. Stephen Giles, 50, and Justin Thompson, 30, both of Loudon, and Dalton Giles, 23, of Philadelphia, faced charges of hunting In a baited area, violation of the daily bag limit of Redhead Ducks (12 over limit), violation of gross ... (click for more)

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