TWRC finalizes state hunting seasons for 2008-09

TWRC finalizes state hunting seasons for 2008-09

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission has finalized the 2008-09 state hunting seasons. The action was taken at the TWRC’s regularly scheduled meeting last week at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building. The 2008-09 big game seasons will only feature a few changes to last year’s regulations. Due to the odd calendar year, there will now be a nine-day first segment of the muzzleloader season running from Nov. 1-9. Most other changes were small adjustments in regulations to either increase antlerless harvest or simplify regulations. Two counties, Obion and Shelby, were placed into Unit L, while 21 Unit A and B counties saw slight increases in their antlerless hunting opportunities. The commission also approved that Unit L Young Sportsman hunters have the same opportunity to harvest three does per day as the rest of the Unit L hunters. In other house cleaning items, the commission made it easier for Unit A and L hunters to take their statewide limit of three bucks by allowing all three bucks to be taken with the same weapon in the same unit. For a number of years it has been legal for hunters to harvest three bucks with the same weapon, they simply had to hunt in different units. The new regulation simplifies regulations for the Unit A and L hunters. Clarifications were also made of bonus animals, youth accompaniment and legal antler points. In other big game news, there will be only minor adjustments to bear and boar seasons, with most changes involving increases in harvest opportunities, especially as it pertains to archery season. There were slight expansions in the fall turkey seasons with East Tennessee adding a few counties to the fall hunting list. It was also approved that the 2009 spring turkey season begin March 28 with the Young Sportsman hunt one week before. Tim Singleton was honored as the TWRA Boating Office of the Year. Singleton, a Putnam County officer, covers Dale Hollow and Center Hill lakes among his duties. The TWRC also set its next meeting for June 17-18. The days are a change from the TWRC’s regular meeting days of a Wednesday-Thursday. ——— Hunting season notes • Added two days to the muzzleloader season so that the first segment runs from Nov. 1-9 in all deer units. • Added Shelby and Obion counties to Unit L • Increased antlerless gun opportunities in Anderson, Benton, Blount, Carter, Chester, Claiborne, Fentress, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Henderson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Meigs, Sevier, Sullivan and Tipton counties. • Removed the Jackson County quota hunt. • Allowed Unit L Young Sportsman hunters the same opportunity of harvesting three does per day as the rest of the hunters. • Allowed Unit L and A hunters to harvest all three bucks with the same weapon in their unit of choice. They no longer have to switch units to harvests their three bucks. • Added Polk County (East of Highway 411 and North of Highway 64) to the Oct. 18-19 feral hog hunt with dogs. • Added Polk County (East of Highway 411 and North of Highway 64) to the Oct. 6-7 and 18-19 black bear hunt with dogs. • Extended the bear archery still hunt from Sept. 27-Oct. 24. • Increased fall turkey hunting opportunities in Anderson, Benton, Blount, Davidson, Knox, Moore and White counties. • Set the 2009 Spring Turkey opener for March 28 (Young Sportsman March 21-22). • Defined a legal antler point as a projection of at least one inch long, measured from the tip of the point to the nearest edge of the beam, following the mid-line of the tine. • Clarified bonus animals and youth accompaniment requirements. Published in The Messenger 5.29.08

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