TWRA News

Proposed changes to the state’s sport fish proclamation for approval will be presented to Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its October meeting at Lone Oaks Farm in Hardeman County. The two-day meeting begins Thursday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. The second day starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22.

The sport fish proposals were previewed by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at the August TFWC meeting. There have been no changes since the preview with exception for a delay to a construction project at the Tellico River. TWRA plans to stock trout in the Tellico River during the 2022 season.

Results of the 2021 spring turkey hunter survey will be presented. The survey was conducted by University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Wildlife and Forestry Division will introduce the Wildlife Technician of the Year, Andy Lively, and Wildlife Biologist/Manager of the Year, Brian Chandler, to the commission. The Biologist of the Year winner also competes for the Southeast Biologist of the Year, as part of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual conference.

The Boating and Law Enforcement Division will make a presentation regarding TWRA’s response to the August flood in Humphreys County.

TWRA will be holding its third meeting at Lone Oaks. The commission last met at the facility in 2019.

2021 Free Youth Deer Hunt registration

underway

Youth between the ages of 10-16, who are hunter safety certified and who have never harvested a deer, are eligible to win a spot in what has become an annual special hunt. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the hunt in conjunction with the opening day of the 2021 Tennessee Young Sportsman Deer Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Youth from various regions from across the state have participated in the event held at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in Humphreys County. A total of 30 young hunters will be selected to participate. The area incorporates a variety of wildlife management practices and totals more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat. Tree stands will be provided, including three that are handicap accessible.

A Friday night cookout will be held. Sites will be available for those who wish to camp – participants must provide their own camping gear. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided Saturday.

TWRA will hold a drawing and the winners will be notified the week prior to the hunt. Confirmation packets will be sent to the successful participants that will include directions and a list of items to bring as well as a list of area hotels. Winning hunters are responsible for providing the appropriate Tennessee hunting license and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age or older.

Applications and additional hunt information are available on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org. For additional information contact Donald Hosse, at Don.Hosse@tn.gov.

Annual Beyond BOW Muzzleloader

Workshop scheduled November 12-14 in Humphreys County

The 2021 Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Muzzleloader Workshop will be sponsored by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency November 12-14 in Humphreys County.

Female hunters 18 and older will have the opportunity to learn about hunting deer during the weekend. The workshop will be held at Buffalo Ridge Refuge, which incorporates a variety of wildlife management practices and totals more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat. Along with the hunts, a variety of topics including deer biology, deer management, and hunting ethics will be covered.

Registration for the workshop is on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, two weeks priority will be given to first-time participants. The cost of the workshop is $250, which includes meals and camping, if participants wish to camp. Campers must provide their own gear. A list of local hotels will be included with the registration packet.

Workshop participants are required to have the appropriate licenses. Participants born on or after January 1, 1969 will need to have successfully completed the hunter education course. Participants will draw from a number of predetermined sites that will have tree stands. There will be two hunts on Saturday and one Sunday morning.

Applications and additional workshop information are available on the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org. For additional information contact Donald Hosse, at Don.Hosse@tn.gov.