The Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Agency (TWRA), the state agency that oversees wildlife related
issues in Tennessee, has found itself in the middle of what is being described by
Hog Wars. As we reported here at Southeastern Outdoors back in April 2011, the
TWRA is trying to use the unconventional
approach of making hunting wild hogs illegal as a method of
eradicating them from the state.
we approach hunting season, and with the release of the 2011
Tennessee state hunting guide that outlines these new regulations,
some people are in shock at the new eradication approach. A select
few seem to have taken matters to an unacceptable level.
According to Kirk Miles, TWRA Region 3 Wildlife Program Manager,
after TWRA started it's feral hog eradication program at Catoosa in
late June agency employees started finding nails, spikes and nail
lined boards in fields and along secondary roads accessing wild hog
trap sites. It is thought they were placed there with the intention
of damaging TWRA vehicles. So far 13 tired have been damaged on TWRA
trucks and 4 tires on TWRA tractors. One TWRA employee stepped on a
These acts of vandalism are unacceptable and dangerous no matter who
is doing them. Not only are they damaging property that essentially
belongs to all of us, they have the real potential to injure someone.
It's not just TWRA employees at risk of injury, children, hunters,
hikers and horseback riders are all placed in danger.
I take my kids to Catoosa frequently to hike, fish and kayak. I would
hate for my kids or anyone else's to be injured by some moron
thinking he was getting even with the TWRA. If you want to get even
with the TWRA for their ignorant actions call the governor and tell
them to fire the men responsible for these horrible new regulations
Ed Carter and Daryl Ratajczak. You can reach Gov. Haslam by e-mail at
by phone at (615) 741-2001.
TWRA's knee jerk reaction to the vandalism is like that of their new hog
regulations. Instead of catching and prosecuting the actual criminal(s), they
have instead decided to punish everyone by closing access to the entire 80,000
Wildlife Management Area to the
public effective starting August 8th.
Has anyone at the TWRA ever heard of a trail camera?
New Wild Hog Regulations
theory behind this ill-conceived eradication method is that hunters, in order to
provide increased hunting opportunities for themselves, have been
translocating and releasing feral swine into the wild. However, the TWRA readily
admitted to me, on more than one occasion, that they have only had two
instances of such actions in the last 10 years. In other words all
the hunters of the state will be punished for the actions of a
handful of people.
Isn't this the same backwards logic we fight as gun owners when some
say all guns should be outlawed because a few people use them for
What is really confusing to many, myself
included, is that up until just a few short years ago the TWRA were
themselves trapping wild hogs translocating them and releasing them
onto wildlife management areas. That's right, the TWRA was using our
money to trap and relocate feral hogs. Now they want to use
additional funds and agency resources to trap and kill hogs and their
off spring that they
were responsible for translocating in the first place!
currently two meetings scheduled to discuss these new regulations
1) August 9th, State Rep Cameron Sexton is meeting with hunters at the
Palace Theater in Crossville at 5:30 pm, central time. Palace Theater
is located at 72 S. Main St. Crossville TN 38555. Exit 317 from I-40
go south about 4 miles the Palace is ob the right.
12th, TWRA has agreed to meet with hunters at
Cumberland Mountain State Park near Crossville at 6:00 pm
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What Can Be Done About New Hog Regulations?
Even though the new hog hunting regulations went into full effect
August 1st, it's not to late to contact the
Resources Commissioners and respectfully express your displeasure
with the new regulations. I suggest both calling and e-mailing
ALL of the commissioners below.