TWRA seeking new dove fields

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2010 dove season. The first phase of dove season opens at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Landowners who have interest in leasing their fields should contact the TWRA regional office in their area so that a TWRA official can check their property for a potential field lease. TWRA personnel annually search statewide to find dove fields that have the most potential for public hunting. TWRA began its lease dove field program in the late 1980s and has been very successful in providing quality hunting opportunities for the hunters of Tennessee.

The standard fall leased field is a harvested grain field. TWRA will lease the hunting rights for three priority days during September (Sept. 1 and two succeeding weekend days following the 1st). Dove fields will only be contracted during the first dove season segment, preferably during the first two weeks, the period of greatest hunter demand. Rates paid to landowners will be $60 per acre for a maximum field size of 40 acres for a total contract of $2,400 per field.

The TWRA has four regional offices across the state that interested landowners can contact: Region I (West Tennessee) 731-423-5725 or toll free 1-800-372-3928; Region II (Middle Tennessee) 615-781-6622 or toll free 1-800-624-7406; Region III (Upper Cumberland) 931-484-9571 or toll free 1-800-262-6704; Region IV (East Tennessee) 423-587-7037 or 1-800-332-0900.


Youth turkey hunt set for Sept. 11


On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host its third annual District 32 Youth Dove Hunt at the Hiwassee Refuge from noon until sunset. Last year the hunt was held at the Hiwassee Refuge and was a resounding success.  

The Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood is located in the heart of District 32 which consists of Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Roane, and Sequatchie Counties and is an ideal location for such an event. 

The hunt is open to youth ages 9-15 that have successfully completed the Hunter’s Education Program and is limited to the first 100 youths registered online. Registration for the event will take place on the TWRA website tnwildlife.org and will continue until the hunt is filled. Successful applicants will be notified by the TWRA and given additional specific instructions regarding the event at that time.  

Each youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age throughout the entire event. Hunt participants will be provided with complimentary lunch, educational and safety presentations, skeet shooting range as well as some door prizes donated by the TWRA and other local sponsors.  

For additional information please log on to tnwildlife.org or call Wildlife Officer Philip Earhart at 1-800-262-6704 ext. 3309 or Hiwassee Refuge Manager Jason Jackson at (423) 614-3018.


Changes made to special season deer, turkey hunts


Tennessee’s special season fall turkey and county deer quota hunts have been changed to non-quota hunts in many counties across the state, reminds the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

The change will eliminate the need for hunters to obtain a quota permit for these special hunts.  Hunters will be able to participate in any non-quota hunt in a county where the hunt is established.  A Type 094 non-quota permit will be required except for sportsmen license holders (including lifetime licenses), Type 167 permit holders, and individuals eligible for the landowner exemption.

The following Unit A and B counties have special season antlerless deer hunts: Anderson, Benton, Blount, Bradley, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Crockett, DeKalb, Dyer, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Perry, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Sullivan, Tipton, Van Buren, Warren, and White.  All Unit L counties allow 3 antlerless deer per day during the deer seasons.

Counties with the special season fall turkey hunts are:  Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Blount, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Morgan, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Robertson, Scott, Sevier, Smith, Stewart, Sullivan, Sumner, Trousdale, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Weakley, White, Williamson, and Wilson.

If a hunter wishes to participate in either of these seasons, he or she should simply find the county that is desired to hunt, check the dates the county is open, and follow the bag limits listed within the table.  If a county is not listed, it is closed for special season antlerless deer or fall turkey hunts.  Bag limits for these hunts are county specific.  For example, a hunter may take the bag limit in one county and then go to another county to hunt that county’s special season hunt.

 For more information about the special season hunts, refer to the TWRA web page www.tnwildlife.org or check out the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.