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No boating fatalities during holiday weekend

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is reporting that there were no boating-related fatalities reported over the 2011 Memorial Day holiday weekend.

During the Memorial Day holiday period from May 27 through May 30, there were six total reported boating accidents. Two of the accidents resulted in injuries, and there were four property damage accidents. TWRA officers made 13 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests over the weekend. Officers also issued 14 reckless/negligent operation citations.

The 2010 Memorial Day holiday period had six total reported accidents with one fatality and three injuries. TWRA officers made 17 BUI arrests during the 2010 holiday period.

There have been 32 boating accidents statewide in 2011. Six of the accidents have resulted in seven fatalities. Wildlife officers have made 21 BUI arrests.


Spring turkey harvest down, but still ranks third all-time

Tennessee turkey hunters again posted another successful spring season as the harvest for 2011 nears 34,000 and reports continue to trickle in.

The spring turkey statewide hunting season came to a close on May 15. The harvest number stands at 33,968. The harvest is below the 2010 record harvest of more than 37,000 birds, but this year’s harvest ranks as the state’s third highest all-time.

“It was another strong year for our turkey harvest,” said Gray Anderson, turkey program coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “We can’t expect to have record harvests every year, but we are at a stable point.

“We had a little less than 90 percent of the harvest being gobblers versus jakes this spring. This tells us our hunters are getting mature birds and we have a healthy population.”

Maury County was the top county with 949 birds harvested. Greene County also had a strong year and finished second with a harvest of 896.

Dickson County, a past leader for the spring season, was third with 852. Rounding out the top 10 counties were Montgomery, 821; Sumner, 774; Rutherford, 710; Henry, 709; Hardin, 628; Hickman, 613; and Hardeman, 609.


Format changed for commission meeting

The format has been changed for the June meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission to be held at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Ray Bell Region II Building in Nashville.

Rather than the usual two-day meeting, the commission will hold the session on Friday, June 17. Committee meetings will begin at 9 a.m., with the formal commission meeting to follow.

The public is invited to attend.