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State game officials tweak
deer carcass importation law

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) has made an amendment to a proclamation that was established in May concerning the addition of states from which deer carcasses are prohibited for importation unless bones were removed to aid in the prevention of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Tennessee.
Officials from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) had earlier recommended that Virginia and Missouri, along with the entire state of Illinois, be added to the list of states to be included in the prohibition. The prohibitions came as a response to the discovery of CWD in white-tailed deer in these states.
After internal discussion on the enforceability of these regulations and discussions with the affected states, the TWRA recommended that the prohibition zones in Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia be reduced to those areas where CWD is known to occur or where the affected state has established containment zones. The TWRA proposed the change in an effort to lessen the burden on state sportsmen while still providing adequate protection of Tennessee’s deer population from CWD.
Virginia counties that are affected are Frederick and Shenandoah. Hampshire County in West Virginia and Linn County in Missouri are the only affected counties in those respective states. In Illinois, the area continues to be that north of Interstate 80.
Sportsmen that plan on hunting mule deer, whitetail deer, moose or elk in any of the affected areas should be aware of the following regulations.
Carcasses and other parts from these areas that may be brought into or possessed in Tennessee include:
•Meat that has bones removed
•Antlers attached to cleaned skull plates or cleaned skulls (where no meat or tissues are attached to the skull)
•Cleaned teeth
•Finished taxidermy and antler products
•Hides and tanned products
Chronic wasting disease is a serious neurological disease of white-tailed deer and other ungulates such as elk. Tennessee has adopted a number of measures, both for wildlife and farm animals, to reduce the likelihood that CWD might be introduced into the state.
For more information about CWD, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide or go to www.tnwildlife.org.

Hunter education class
begins Sept. 13 at Jellico

Brent Harrison will lead a Tennessee Hunter Education class beginning Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Jellico Rescue Squad Building. Classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
State law requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 possess proof of satisfactory completion of an approved hunter education course before hunting in Tennessee.
In order to enroll in a hunter education class, a student must be at least 10 years old. Youngsters ages 6-9 may participate in Young Sportsman and WMA hunts without hunter education but must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.
Participants need to bring a pencil and their Social Security number to class.