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March 23, 2017

Hunting & Fishing

New state fishing records confirmed during 2016

NASHVILLE – Anglers established six Class A records and three new Class B standards during the 2016 calendar year. Class A comprises of sport fishing methods while Class B is for other methods other than rod and reel. The new records were certified by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Two Class A records were set

TWRA announces availability of 2017-18 Clean Stream grants

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Five grants, at a maximum of $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four

Youth squirrel hunt to be held at Chuck Swan WMA

SHARPS CHAPEL – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host a free youth squirrel hunt Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Chuck Swan WMA in Union County.  The hunt is for children ages six to 16.  Hunters, ages 13-16, must possess appropriate hunting licenses and youth, ages 10 thru 16, must have successfully completed a Hunter

Sportsmen reminded of various methods to check in harvests

NASHVILLE – With muzzleloader hunting season for deer ending and gun season set to begin, sportsmen are reminded of various methods to check in their harvests. Most deer are checked in on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website. Many sportsmen have smartphones/web access. For those sportsmen who do not have web/smartphone access, the TWRA suggests

New license vendor in operation for TWRA

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has a new vendor that has changed the appearance of hunting and fishing licenses and should also provide a service that improves the license buying experience. Brandt Information Services is the agency’s new license vendor, making TWRA the latest state agency to contract with the Florida-based company. Fish

TWRA urges hunters to abide by CWD import restrictions

NASHVILLE – In an effort to keep chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of Tennessee, the state’s wildlife agency is reminding hunters who travel beyond state lines that they must be mindful of import restrictions before they return home. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is concerned about hunters who pursue big game in the cervid family,

Local man bags fourth largest turkey in Tennessee

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – Joe Bailey regularly enters drawings for hunts at the Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area. Little did he know when he got his ticket for the spring turkey shoot that it would be so successful. The bird he bagged has been certified as the fourth largest ever taken in

TWRA reminds hunters of changes to deer hunting definitions

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) encourages sportsmen across Tennessee to remember changes made for the 2016-17 deer hunting seasons in Tennessee in regard to the definition of antlered deer. An antlered deer is now defined as any male or female deer with an antler protruding above its hairline. In May, the Tennessee Fish

Bald Eagle returned to wild

BRISTOL – An American Bald Eagle was released back into the wild Thursday, September 15, after it was rescued by TWRA wildlife officers and rehabilitated by the American Eagle Foundation. TWRA boating officers Matt Swecker and Mark Williams rescued the eagle that had become entangled in a limb line on South Holston Reservoir, August 25. They

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