The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission met on March 29 in Nashville. Following is some of the information presented: Tennessee’s Statewide Strategic Whitetail Deer Management Plan has expired and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation presented a resolution requesting that another strategic plan be formulated.
Asian carp are in Tennessee’s waterways. Wild populations of black, grass, bighead, and silver carp are established in the Mississippi River, and grass, silver and bighead carp have already entered the Tennessee and Cumberland river systems. Control efforts are currently limited to commercial fishing, but no one should use these species as live bait.
TWRA Geographic Information System (GIS) gave a demonstration on the new interactive WMA map for the hunting public. The map was developed by using existing Environmental System Research Institute software. The map has been viewed more than 46,000 times. GIS staff is currently working on a new map for anglers and is always looking to improve and upgrade the existing WMA map.
More details on the TFWC meeting are in the news section at www.tnwildlife.org. The next TFWC meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the TWRA Region II Building in Nashville. The public is welcome.