The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its January 2017 meeting on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid in Memphis. The one-day meeting is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. in the Flyway Room of the Big Cypress Lodge.
Among the items on the agenda, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Wildlife Division staff will present the proposed 2017-2018 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting seasons, including sandhill cranes. Due to recent changes in the timing of the federal regulation process in regard to the waterfowl and migratory game bird hunting, the annual proposals are now made in January. They will be voted upon at the February TFWC meeting to be held in Nashville.
Other items: There will be a presentation from Ducks Unlimited on the organization’s partnership with the TWRA. DU’s Dave Kostersky and Tim Willis will be present to discuss Tennessee’s efforts with Duck Unlimited and prairie Canada to create and enhance wetlands. A review of the big game tagging/harvest reporting will be made by assistant chief of wildlife and forestry, Joe Benedict. Wade Bourne will be honored by the TFWC with a resolution for his long-time communications efforts in helping promote the outdoors. He was an outdoors journalist from Clarksville who recently passed away.