Wildlife Resources

First Elk Harvested In Tennessee In Almost 150 Years During Historic Hunt

Monday, October 19, 2009 | 01:55 pm
NORTH CUMBERLAND WMA --- It did not take long for history to be made on a frosty morning after the first elk hunt began in Tennessee in almost 150 years as three hunters recorded their respective places in the history book.
Charles “Chuck” Flynn from the Rockford community in Blount County  has been confirmed as the first person to legally harvest an elk in Tennessee since documentation from Obion County in 1865. Two other hunters, Craig Gardner of Parrottsville, and Ronald Woodard of Oak Ridge quickly followed suit Monday morning.

Time Nearing for Start of Historic Tennessee Elk Hunt

Thursday, October 15, 2009 | 12:09 pm
NASHVILLE --- After much anticipation, the time is near for Tennessee’s first-ever managed elk hunt. Set for the North Cumberland Wildlife Management area, the hunt officially begins Oct. 19 and five hunters will have through Oct. 23 to harvest the first elk in the state since the 1860s.

"Fish With a Pro" Contest Winners Announced

Monday, October 12, 2009 | 11:49 am
NASHVILLE --- The three winners have been chosen for the “Fish With A Pro” contest as part of the Wear It! Tennessee campaign. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency teamed with the Professional Anglers Association and Boat U.S. Foundation to sponsor the contest.

TWRA Retired Director Gary Myers Receives NASBLA Bonner Award

Friday, October 09, 2009 | 07:48 am
NASHVILLE --- The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) has announced that Gary Myers, the recently retired executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, is the recipient of its prestigious Bonner Award.
The announcement for the latest honor for Myers came at the 50th annual meeting of the NASBLA held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Presented since 1971, the Bonner Award is presented to a state or federal boating official who exemplifies the leadership qualities displayed by former Congressman Herbert C. Bonner of North Carolina, author of the Bonner Act (better known as the Federal Boating Safety Act of 1958). The award has been presented to numerous United States Senators and Congressmen, state boating law administrators and Coast Guard personnel over the years.
Gary Myers, one of the longest serving leaders of a state conservation agency in United States history, began his career with TWRA in 1974, following 11 years with the Colorado Game and Fish Department. During his tenure as Tennessee’s boating law administrator, he served a term as NASBLA’s president. He was named as TWRA Executive Director in 1978. Myers is widely recognized by his peers and conservation organizations throughout the country. The NASBLA Bonner Award is the latest of the numerous honors he has received for his acclaimed career.

Bear Harvest on Track for New Record

Thursday, October 08, 2009 | 12:34 pm

MORRISTOWN --- Less than two weeks into the 2009 bear hunting season, hunters have already reported the harvest of 187 bears in East Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).  

Beyond BOW Muzzleloader Workshop Scheduled Nov. 6-8 in Humphreys County

Monday, October 05, 2009 | 07:35 am

NASHVILLE --- A Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Muzzleloader Workshop will be sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Nov. 6-8 at a private farm in Humphreys County. 

Female hunters 18 and older will have the opportunity to learn about hunting deer over a weekend with like-minded individuals. The farm for the event incorporates a variety of wildlife management practices and totals more than 2,000 acres of prime private deer habitat. A variety of topics such as deer biology and management, ethics, and Dutch oven cooking will also be covered along with the hunts.

TWRC to Vote on 2010 Sportfishing Regulations at October Meeting

Friday, October 02, 2009 | 08:03 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will vote on the proposed 2010 sportfishing regulations at its October meeting. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Fisheries Division made its initial proposals for 2010 at the August meeting of the TWRC which was held at Paris Landing State Park.