TFWC Sets 2022-24 Sport Fish Regulations At October Meeting

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2022-24 sport fish regulations at its October two-day meeting which concluded Friday at Lone Oaks Farm.

Several changes were made to sport fish regulations. A few major changes include the addition of a 10-inch minimum length limit for crappie on Reelfoot Lake, a reduced crappie creel limit on Barkley Reservoir from 30 to 20 fish, 15 fish creel limit on yellow perch on Chilhowee and Parksville reservoirs, and the addition of a delayed harvest season for trout on Big Soddy Creek.

In other agenda items, results of the 2021 spring turkey hunter survey were presented and included an estimated 91,000 hunters harvested 53,650 turkeys. An update on the progress of duck blind building/brush was given and will be completed by the opening of the early waterfowl hunting season.

The Boating and Law Enforcement Division made a presentation regarding TWRA’s response to the August flood in Waverly/Humphreys County. TWRA wildlife officers participated in the search, recovery, and cleanup efforts due to the devastating flood.

The Wildlife and Forestry Division introduced its annual statewide award winners to the commission. Brian Chandler, the Statewide Forestry Coordinator is the Biologist of the Year. Andy Lively from AEDC Wildlife Management Area is the Wildlife Technician of the Year.

Pamela Stanfield received a special recognition award for her work in TWRA’s 2020 CWD Communication Campaign. The Association for Conservation Information awarded the TWRA a national first place award in the Education Division. A resident of Jackson, she helped with the designed on several of the signs and graphics on several occasions.

Three retiring TWRA staffers were recognized in their final commission meeting before their upcoming retirements. Lt. Col Cape Taylor and Capt. Walter Cook from Boating and Law Enforcement and Mark Gudlin, Habitat Program Manager are leaving after their long-time service to the Agency.


CWD Positive Deer Found In Gibson And McNairy Counties

SAWS Announces Kaitlin Burroughs De Varona As Executive Director

Duck Season Opens Nov. 20


Gibson and McNairy County are now positive for chronic wasting disease after confirmation through multiple tests from hunter harvested deer. These results change the CWD status of both counties ... (click for more)

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Outdoors

CWD Positive Deer Found In Gibson And McNairy Counties

Gibson and McNairy County are now positive for chronic wasting disease after confirmation through multiple tests from hunter harvested deer. These results change the CWD status of both counties from high-risk to positive and makes Carroll County high-risk because of the proximity to the new positive deer. As a result, carcass transport, feeding, and mineral placement regulations ... (click for more)

SAWS Announces Kaitlin Burroughs De Varona As Executive Director

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards announces that Kaitlin Burroughs de Varona will become its next executive director on Dec. 1, after a nationwide search over the summer and fall. Ms. de Varona assumes the position after spending nearly five years working at SAWS in seasonal, managerial and leadership positions. “Kaitlin is a dynamic leader, and we’re excited to have ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Cherry Street Development Sells For $4.7 Million

A downtown development has sold for $4.7 million. The property at 701 Cherry Street had been redeveloped by Mike and Matt McGauley. The first Krystal restaurant was at that location at the southwest corner of Seventh and Cherry. Krystal built its headquarters at the site in 1952. The McGauleys later completely remodeled the three-story complex. The sale was from McGauley ... (click for more)

Harrison Home Damaged By Fire Friday Morning

A home in the Harrison area was damaged by fire Friday morning. The Highway 58 Fire Department was called to 8006 Turtle Lane around 9 a.m. to a fire coming from under a deck. Highway 58 Engine 42 was first to arrive and reported a working fire. A quick attack on the fire and securing the gas and electricity to the area was made, resulting in saving the home and containing ... (click for more)

Opinion

The I-75/I-24 Interchange Disaster - And Response (4)

We all waited a couple of years for the grand new interchange of I-75/I-24. Little did we know what a disaster it would become. To go right on 75 North, you must get in the left lanes. To go left to I-24, you must get in the right lanes, and that's where the deaths will occur. The overpass from the right lanes onto I-24 West has created a small mountain which brings the tractor ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The New Samaritan

The stranger at the door was shivering and cold. He asked to use the phone to summon an Uber driver. He was barefoot and said he was homeless, so Daniel Rider loaned him a coat so the man would get warm faster. As they talked, Rider even made him a sandwich. All the while the stranger was polite, cognizant and did not appear nervous or troubled. Then the police surrounded the house ... (click for more)