At the April meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, there were many items left open concerning the 2017-18 hunting seasons. A special comment period has been announced by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to get public comments on these possible changes. The deadline for comments is May 15.
The issues under consideration: TWRA would standardize the opening dates for the various bear seasons (no changes proposed), just as many other opening dates are done. The newly adopted definition of an antlered buck (any antler protruding above the hairline) is being reconsidered; originally it was required to be three inches or more. Should the annual bag limit on spring turkey be changed from four male birds? Various changes would be made on wildlife management areas, public hunting areas, and national wildlife refuges. All the proposed regulations changes can be found on the TWRA website www.tnwildlife.org under the Hot Topics section of the front page.
Public comments should be presented as a proposed change to the regulations. They will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff. Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2017-18 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204, or emailed to email@example.com. Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line.