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First TWRC meeting of 2011
set for Jan. 20-21 at Nashville

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) has scheduled its first meeting in 2011 for Jan. 20-21 at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building in Nashville at the Ellington Agricultural Center.
The session will open with committee meetings at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. The regular commission meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 21. The agenda will be announced about a week prior to the meeting.
The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Application period now open
for quota spring turkey hunts

Hunters have from now until Jan. 26 to apply for the 2011 spring quota turkey hunts. There will be no mail-in quota hunt applications; hunters must apply online or at a license agent.
A complete list of available spring turkey quota hunts is printed in the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide and online at www.tnwildlife.org.  Wildlife management areas with spring turkey quota hunts include Chuck Swan (7 hunts), Meeman Shelby (3 hunts), Oak Ridge (2 hunts), Wolf River (2 hunts) and Yuchi Refuge (5 hunts). There are a total of 19 hunts listed. A hunter may list 12 choices, but will be drawn for only one.
Hunters will need their Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency ID number and any required fees. Annual sportsman and lifetime sportsman license holders and seniors with a type 167 permit are not required pay a permit fee.
Using the 2011 spring turkey quota hunt instruction sheet, hunters should select the hunt choices for the areas they wish to apply. After applying, the license agent will give the applicant a receipt listing name, address, hunt choices and fees. Hunters should make sure to verify all information (including address) on the application receipt to ensure that they receive quota hunt information after the drawing.
Hunters with Internet access may go to www.tnwildlife.org and apply for a spring quota turkey hunt. Click on “Buy a License On-Line”. Once you have accessed the Internet site, follow the on-screen directions. All applicants (except sportsman license holders and seniors with a Type 167 permit) pay a $20 permit fee, 50-cent drawing fee and a $2 access fee for applying on-line. The company that maintains the Internet site collects the $2 usage fee.
•You may apply alone. Once you apply alone, you may not create or join a party.
•If you wish to create a party, you must indicate this when you first apply. The party leader decides the hunt choices. You may allow other applicants to join your party by giving them your party number.
•You may join a party created by another applicant. To do this you must have the party number when applying. A party may not exceed 5 members.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency priority drawing system gives priority points (maximum of 5 for spring turkey drawing) to hunters based on the number of years that they have participated in the spring turkey quota drawing without being drawn for a hunt. Applicants that were successful last year will start over with a priority of zero.