Commission's 1st 2020 Meeting To Be Held In Nashville

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its first meeting of 2020 at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Region II Building. The two-day meeting is set for Jan. 23-24 (Thursday-Friday).


Committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The regular commission meeting begins at 9 a.m., Friday.


The latest chronic wasting disease (CWD) developments will be presented as well as an update on the large scale incinerator to be built in Fayette County.

The TFWC approved a budget expansion for the project at its December meeting which will be maintained and operated by Fayette County.


A preview of changes to the 2020-21 waterfowl and migratory game bird hunting will be presented. Season date changes will be discussed. Changes in the federal framework require the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to update its proclamation on an annual basis. 


There will be a presentation on the upcoming Big Game E-Tagging System. Michael May, TWRA’s Deputy Director for Staff Operations, will make the presentation.


Tennessee’s 112 General Assembly is now in session. TWRA Assistant Director Chris Richardson will provide a legislative update.


Ben West, director and professor, UT Institute of Agriculture/UT Foundation will be present at the meeting. He will give an update on the status of the Lone Oaks Farm shooting facility. Lone Oaks Farm is administered by UT Extension and encompasses 1,200 acres in Hardeman County near Middleton and Bolivar.


The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Andrew Peercy will be present for his annual presentation on the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program. SCTP provides youth ages 9 through the 12 grade and college to participate in the three main shotgun disciplines in trap, skeet, and sporting clays. 


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Outdoors

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Opinion

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