Deer season for archers
set to open on Saturday
Deer season for archers will open statewide in Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 25. Dates in all deer hunting units are the same again this year.: Sept. 25-Oct. 29, Nov. 1-5 and Dec. 6-17.
The antlerless deer bag limit for each unit is: Unit A (4), Unit B (2) and Unit L (3 per day). The antlered deer bag limit is a total of three for the year.
Hunters may take their three antlered deer during any season, but no more than one per day. In Unit B, for example, a hunter may take two antlerless deer and all three antlered deer during the archery season. There is no longer a requirement to change units or seasons in order to take all three antlered deer.
In addition to deer, archers may harvest one wild turkey of either sex during the archery-only deer seasons in counties that have a fall turkey gun-hunt. Check for a list of counties on page 36 of the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. Hunters are urged to pick up a copy to review and become familiar with counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units.
Hunters are reminded that they must possess the appropriate licenses and permits. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 must also have, in their possession, proof that they have successfully completed a hunter education course. An apprentice license exempts a person from hunter education for one year. A hunter with an apprentice license must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old that has proof of hunter education or is old enough to be exempt from hunter education. The apprentice license may only be purchased once during the lifetime of the hunter.
Check out the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency web page, www.tnwildlife.org, for a complete list of hunter education courses.
State wildlife commission
meets today at Crossville
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) will hear an update on the proposed 2011 sport fish regulations and an overview of the state’s trout program at its September meeting today (Sept. 23) at Crossville. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
The commission was presented the 2011 sport fish proposals at its August meeting. An update on two sport fish changes, that were mentioned at the August commission meeting (Whiteville Lake crappie and the closed fishing zone at Cherokee Dam) will be made.
As was discussed at the August commission meeting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that shovelnose sturgeon be listed as a “similarity of appearance” species with the federally-endangered pallid sturgeon. Proclamation 10-12 amends the commercial fishing proclamation to prohibit the taking (harvest) of this species by commercial fishing activities in Tennessee. Also, due to action taken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on shovelnose sturgeon, the agency is proposing to prohibit the harvest of this species by sport fishing methods as well.
The overview of the state’s trout program will include species stocked, number produced, status of the trout hatcheries and future management plans for various trout fisheries.
The agency was contacted by Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) with an offer to lease approximately 4,100 acres of land in Hardin County as a wildlife management area. The lease agreement would start with the current hunting season for five years.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency staff will provide an update on mining issues related to the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.