Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding hunters of a slight change in harvest reporting requirements this year. Beginning with the 2020 spring turkey hunting season, the “Tag Before You Drag” system is in effect for tagging big game animals in the field prior to moving their harvest.

Hunters will be able to use the TWRA on the Go app to simply E-tag and report their harvest in the field in one easy step, with or without cell phone service prior to moving. If a hunter does not have a phone, attach one of the temporary transportation tags that is printed at the bottom of your license this year. If using a temporary transportation tag, hunters have until midnight on the same day of the harvest to check in online at

Tennessee’s spring turkey hunting season is open for business and runs from April 4 through May 17. To learn more about turkey hunting in Tennessee, visit the TWRA website at

Turkey season

starts as scheduled; lakes and rivers to remain open

Tennessee’s 2020 statewide spring turkey hunting season began as scheduled and the state’s lakes and rivers and access areas controlled by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will remain open.

“Governor (Bill) Lee’s Executive Orders 22 and 23 identifies outdoor activity as an essential activity provided that individuals follow Health Guidelines,” said Kurt Holbert, chairman of Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Tennessee spring hunting turkey annually attracts thousands of Tennesseans to the woods. Chairman Holbert urges hunters, anglers, wildlife viewers, and others who enjoy the outdoors to take necessary precautions.

“This disease is an imminent threat to Tennesseans and should not be taken lightly,” said Chairman Holbert. “The Commission wants to encourage all hunters, anglers, and boaters to follow the Governor’s Executive Orders and to practice social distancing. Go enjoy the outdoors, but please do it in a manner that is smart and safe.”

Centers for Disease control has established guidelines for individuals to protect themselves and limit the spread of COVID-19.