Wildlife Resources

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.

TWRA, Nashville Predators Teaming up for "Wildlife Night"

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | 08:06 am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Nashville Predators are teaming up to hold a unique fundraising opportunity to attend a Hunter Education Class and then watch the Predators take on the Minnesota Wild in a National Hockey League game. The events are all part of “Wildlife Night” on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Sommet Center. 

TWRA Offers Incentives for Bobwhite Quail & Pollinator Habitat

Monday, November 09, 2009 | 08:07 am
NASHVILLE --- In an effort to give bobwhite quail and pollinators a boost, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering financial incentives under the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) in a partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
 
Landowners interested in establishing at least five acres of new bobwhite habitat, applying management practices on at least five acres of existing native grass not under a USDA contract, or establishing at least one acre of pollinator habitat buffer on a crop or hay field or pasture can apply at the local NRCS office.

Muzzleloader/Archery Season Opens Saturday, Nov. 7

Thursday, November 05, 2009 | 08:02 am
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee’s Muzzleloader/Archery Deer Season opens on Saturday, Nov. 7 and goes through Friday, Nov. 20 in all three of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
 
For Unit B (East Tennessee) counties, the dates for antlerless deer hunting depend on the county hunted. Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, Loudon, Monroe, Sevier, Unicoi, Union, and Washington are Nov. 7-11. Fentress, Hawkins, Knox, Morgan, Pickett, Polk, Scott, and Sullivan are Nov. 7-20. Only one antlerless deer may be taken during this season, however, any of the three antlered deer not already taken may be harvested during this season as well.

December AEDC WMA Units 1 & 2 Permits to Be Allocated

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 | 08:56 am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) units 1 & 2 December permits are going to be allocated using a first come, first serve basis. The permits will go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 at 8.a.m (CST).
 
Permits can be purchased at any TWRA license agent or through the TWRA Web site at www.tnwildlife.org by clicking the License Information icon located on the left side of the home page.. The receipt will serve as the permit as no permits will be mailed. No phone sales will be accepted.

18th Annual Cherokee Heritage/Birchwood Crane Days Celebrate “Tallest to Smallest”, Crane to Hummingbird

Monday, November 02, 2009 | 10:28 am
CROSSVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will participate in the Cherokee Heritage/Birchwood Crane Days this year, being held on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Birchwood, Tenn. There are three sites of interest for the festivities, with transportation available to shuttle visitors between the venues. There is no admission charge.

AEDC WMA Units 1 & 2 to Be Allocated for November Permits

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 07:31 am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) units 1 & 2 November permits are going to be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The permits will go on sale Oct. 28, 2009 at 8.a.m (CST).  
 
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.

Historic Elk Hunt Comes to a Close with Final Harvest

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | 12:24 pm
CARYVILLE, Tenn.  --- The first-ever managed elk hunt in Tennessee has come to a close on just its second day as the fifth and final elk was harvested by Franklin resident Tami Miller late Tuesday afternoon at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.
 
Miller etched her name into the record book with four other sportsmen who had harvests on the opening day, Monday. Miller’s elk was a 5x6 (5 antler points on one side, 6 on the other) with an estimated weight of 700 pounds.
 
Charles “Chuck” Flynn from the Rockford community in Blount County was confirmed as the first person to legally harvest an elk in Tennessee in almost 150 years. The life-long sportsman made his second shot attempt from about 100 yards shortly after 7:30 a.m. (EDT) as the elk stood on the edge of an open field. The elk field dressed at 520 pounds. Two other hunters, Craig Gardner of Parrottsville, and Ronald Woodard of Oak Ridge quickly followed with their harvests in an approximate span of 30 minutes.
 
The fourth elk was taken at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday as Jeff Moses of Cleveland brought down his elk from about 120 yards standing in a field, 25 yards from the woods.