Wildlife Resources

Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit Application Deadline Extended

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 07:56 am
NASHVILLE --- The application deadline has been extended until May 7, 2010 for the Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS), June 13-18. TOYS is for high school students from across Tennessee and will be hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Students will be introduced to many outdoor activities at the event to be held at TWRA’s complex in Montgomery County. Among the activities that the students will become acquainted with will include boating, hunting, trapping, archery, photography, marksmanship, plant identification, forestry, camping, water quality, trap shooting, skeet shooting, wildlife identification, and several classes with wildlife and fishery biology as the topic.

TWRA to Participate in Lenior City Boating Safety Day, May 1

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 07:46 am
 NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in the Boating Safety Day on Saturday, May 1 at the Lenoir City Park.
The family-oriented event is the first ever Boating Safety Day in Lenoir City. The TWRA will have its personal watercraft simulator for attendees to enjoy and the Wear It! Tennessee boat will be present as well.

New State Fishing Record Established for Bigmouth Buffalo

Monday, April 26, 2010 | 07:59 am
NASHVILLE --- A Mt. Juliet angler has etched his name into the Tennessee Fishing State Record Book as a result of his recent catch of a bigmouth buffalo on Percy Priest Lake.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed the record catch for Jeff Wilkins, who landed a 62 pound trophy right at dusk on March 31. The fish was 45 inches in length and was caught in the Seven Points area of the lake.
Wilkins was using a 7-foot rod with a Bass Pro Shops Xtreme reel with a 12-lb. test line. He was using a Rat-L-Trap for his lure. It took the angler about 35 minutes to reel in the fish. Wilkins, who was fishing for bass, had just landed a 6-lb. largemouth.

TWRA Hears 2010-11 Hunting Seasons Proposals During April Meeting

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 04:00 pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission heard the 2010-11 hunting seasons proposals by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency during the April meeting which was held Wednesday-Thursday at the Ray Bell Region II Building.

In the recommendations presented by TWRA Big Game Coordinator Darryl Ratajczak, no changes were presented concerning deer season dates or to standard antlered and antlerless bag limits. The agency did propose to liberalize antlerless muzzleloader opportunities in six Unit B counties (Anderson, Claiborne, Grainger, Greene, Hancock, and Johnson) by moving them from the 5-day to the 14-day antlerless hunt.

George Birdwell Named TWRA Boating Officer of the Year

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 09:26 am
NASHVILLE --- George Birdwell has received the honor of being named the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Boating Officer of the Year. Birdwell is a boating officer in TWRA’s Area 43 and was selected among other TWRA Law Enforcement officers to become the state recipient.           
“It’s always a difficult situation when one officer is selected out of a group of officers that have all gone above and beyond the duty of ensuring Tennessee waters are safe and enjoyable for our Tennessee’s recreational boaters” said Darren Rider, Boating Division Chief. “All these officers are to be commended for their professionalism and efforts they displayed this year.”
Also honored as TWRA area selections were: Clay Riley – Area 13; Brad Bagwell – Area 21; Johnny Poston – Area 31; Russell Vandergriff – Area 32; Brandon Wear – Area 33 and Rick Roberts – Area 41. These officers were selected for their efforts in law enforcement, education; outreach, accident investigation and training.

Bald Eagles Making Comeback in Tennessee

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 07:56 am
NASHVILLE --- Once on the brink of extinction, bald eagles are increasing their numbers in Tennessee. Our country’s national symbol had all but disappeared 30 years ago but the species was taken off the federal list of endangered species in 2007, and now state biologists are considering removing them from the Tennessee list as well.
Bald eagles declined dramatically across the continent beginning in the mid-1950s because of reproductive failures related to the use of the pesticide DDT. In 1955, there were only 14 known active eagle nests in Tennessee, all at Reelfoot Lake in the northwestern corner of the state. By 1961 there were none. It took 22 years before bald eagles again nested in the state, when a pair took up residence at Reelfoot Lake in 1983. Since then their numbers have soared with 130 pairs documented in 2009.