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HUNTING SEASON COMMENTS REQUESTED
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now soliciting comments on
the proposed 2017-18 hunting seasons’ regulations that were made at the
April meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. This is an
opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about the
proposed hunting regulations with TWRA staff.
At the April meeting, Agency staff presented the TFWC Wildlife
Management Committee with its 2017-18 proposals. There were no
recommended changes for any of the seasons, although it was proposed to
implement standardized opening dates for the various bear seasons and
hunt zones. TWRA has standardized opening dates for many other game
After hearing the proposals, the TFWC discussed the definition of an
antlered deer. At last year’s season setting, the definition of what
qualified as an antlered deer was changed to having any antler
protruding above the hairline, rather than antlers three inches or more
in length. The commission will continue the discussion at its May
meeting when the 2017-18 seasons are set.
The commission also plans to continue discussion on turkey bag limits at
the next meeting.
Various changes were recommended on wildlife management areas, public
hunting areas, and national wildlife refuges.
A public comment period on the proposals will be open until May 15, and
a link to the proposed changes will be available for viewing soon on the
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 will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and
may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on
the subject line of emailed submissions.