May 10, 2005
The Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Commission (TWRC) will meet at the TWRA Region II headquarters in
Nashville, Tennessee on May 18 and 19, 2005 to set the hunting seasons and rules
and regulations for hunting during the 2005-2006 season, according to the
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) is the governing body of the
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and is responsible for enacting
rules, regulations and laws regarding hunting seasons, bag limits, methods of
harvest and other regulations. During the May TWRC meeting each year, the
regulations for the upcoming season are set.
Committee meetings will take place on Wednesday, May 18 starting at 1:00 p.m.
CDT and the actual Commission meeting will be Thursday, May 19 beginning at 9:00
The most significant proposals include:
• Allowing the use of crossbows for hunting all
species of wildlife when other archery tackle is legal (including archery only
deer season). The TWRA noted that several states surrounding Tennessee have
adopted similar regulations and at least one study has shown that allowing the
use of crossbows is an effective way of keeping or recruiting older hunters in
the sport of hunting.
• Increasing the statewide bag limit for the 2006
spring turkey season to four birds. This proposal is designed to reduce pressure
on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), making those areas more attractive to
hunters who have to rely on WMAs as a place to hunt.
• Allowing youths 16 years of age or younger to
participate in state wide youth-only hunts and to hunt on WMAs. Previously a
youth had to be at least ten years of age to participate in most youth-only WMA
hunts. The TWRA would make the regulations relative to youth hunters consistent
with existing regulations on regular statewide hunts. In making this proposal,
the agency cited studies that have shown that youth hunters are just as safe as
adult hunters. When participating in a youth-only hunt, each young sportsman
must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 21 years of age or older, who must
remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device.
• The agency has also proposed moving Cannon, Lewis,
Madison, Trousdale, Wayne counties to the new Unit L and moving Polk County to
Other proposed changes include:
• Raising the antlerless bag limits in Units A and
L. Increasing the quotas for antlerless hunts in several counties.
• Adding several counties to the fall turkey hunting
season and increasing hunter quotas in some counties.
• Eliminating the October bear hunt in Johnson
• Adding several new wildlife management areas to
the list of lands available for hunting.
• Expanding the raccoon bag limit and the beaver
season in the eastern part of the state.
• Clarifying regulations relative to hunting on
wildlife shooting preserves.