Wildlife Resources

TWRC Holds Final Meeting of 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009 | 04:02 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission held its final meeting of 2009, which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building.
 
Fisheries Division Chief Bill Reeves presented an amendment to a rule that would put into effect the live bait proclamation passed by the TWRC at its October meeting to establish native and non-native species that may be bought and sold for bait. The commission elected to table consideration of the rule amendment until its January meeting.

2009-10 TWRA Statewide Winter Trout Stocking Program Set

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | 09:17 am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will once again conduct its winter trout release program with more than 82,000 rainbow trout on schedule to be stocked into Tennessee waters from December through March.
 
The program provides numerous close to home trout fishing opportunities for Middle and West Tennessee anglers during the winter months. These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing.
 
“The program provides the opportunity for anglers to harvest rainbow trout, said Jason Henegar, TWRA Fisheries Management Division “The program is very popular and we encourage all anglers who may not have the opportunity to give it a try this winter.”

Final Meeting of Calendar Year for TWRC Set December 3-4 in Nashville

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 03:34 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will meet for the final time of the calendar year on Dec. 3-4. The TWRC will hold its December meeting at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Ray Bell Region II Building located in the Ellington Agricultural Center.
 
Area 33 Wildlife Officer Phillip Earhart, recently honored as the Southeastern Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies at an annual conference in Atlanta, will be recognized in the presence of the commission at this month’s meeting.

TWRA Special Event to Celebrate Hiwassee Refuge’s Conservation

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 03:27 pm
CROSSVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is proud to announce a special event celebrating over 40 years of wildlife conservation and the diversity of species found at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge.
 
The Hiwassee Waterfowl and Shorebird Festival will be held Dec. 5-6 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Hiwassee Refuge located off of Highway 60 between Dayton and Cleveland.
 
Now that the area has served as the home of the annual Sandhill Crane Viewing Days for the past 18 years and participated in the experimental introduction of the endangered whooping crane project, the area is best known for the cranes. This year’s event will focus on the many years of conservation efforts by TWRA and several wildlife conservation groups and celebrate that success.

Jim Habera Named TWRA Fisheries Biologist of the Year

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 09:00 am
NASHVILLE --- Jim Habera has been named the 2009 Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Biologist of the Year. Habera is a Region IV Wildlife Biologist with the streams crew out of the Morristown office and resides in Jefferson City.
 
Habera’s duties as part of the Region IV stream crew includes the collection of data on cold water resources, as well as planning, coordinating, and conducting regional (and some statewide) trout research projects. He is also responsible for data analysis and preparation of annual reports, and is instrumental in making management decisions and developing management strategies that affect all Region IV trout resources.

Chris Simpson Honored as TWRA Wildlife Biologist of the Year

Friday, November 20, 2009 | 09:55 am
NASHVILLE --- Chris Simpson has been named the 2009 Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wildlife Biologist of the Year. Simpson, a resident of Cookeville, serves TWRA as Region III Nongame Inventory Manager.
 
Simpson received his award at the recently-held meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission in Knoxville. A 16-year veteran of TWRA, the Nashville native is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University.
 
“Chris is a model professional biologist and is always willing to apply his time and talents to wildlife resource conservation and management,” said Kirk Miles, TWRA Region III Wildlife Diversity Coordinator. “His tireless work ethic, professionalism, and overall enthusiasm for his work make him an invaluable asset to TWRA. He deserves recognition for going that extra mile, not just this year, but throughout his career with TWRA.”

Tennessee's Gun Season for Deer Hunters Opens November 21

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | 09:04 am
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee’s first of two segments of gun season for deer hunters opens Saturday, Nov. 21 in all three of the state’s deer hunting units according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). This year, the season dates for all three units (A, B, and L) are Nov. 21-Dec. 6 with the second segment Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2010.

Permits Remain for Upcoming Special Season Deer, Turkey Hunts

Monday, November 16, 2009 | 08:57 am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced that special season deer and turkey permits remain available for upcoming hunts scheduled for various counties in the middle and west areas of Tennessee.
 
The permits available are on a first come, first serve basis. Permits can be purchased at any TWRA license agent or through the internet at the TWRA Web site at www.tnwildlife.org. The receipt will serve as the permit and no permits will be mailed. No phone sales will be accepted.

Philip Earhart Named SEAFWA Officer of the Year

Friday, November 13, 2009 | 08:22 am
NASHVILLE --- Philip Earhart, of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has received the prestigious honor of being named as the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) 2009 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Earhart was presented the award at a banquet during the 63rd Annual SEAFWA Conference held in Atlanta.
 
SEAFWA is an organization whose members are the state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 15 states, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. More than 4,000 wildlife officers are in the area that SEAFWA encompasses.

TWRA's Justin Jacks Honored in Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 01:46 pm
NASHVILLE --- Justin Jacks, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, was one of four veterans working in state government honored by Governor Phil Bredesen in a ceremony held Tuesday at War Memorial Plaza.
 
Jacks served in the United States Navy from 1993-2003 aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier as an electricians mate during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He recently was selected as a wildlife officer and is assigned to the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area which encompasses 146,000 acres in portions of Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties.