Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Agency (TWRA) is using backdoor tactics in an attempt to make wild hog hunting illegal in
Tennessee to all but a select few citizens, and a paid "team of
government employees". "Team of government employees" is code for
publicly funded employees getting paid to do what us citizens would
gladly do for free. Or more realistically what we pay to do in our
leisure time already.
The TWRA has removed wild hogs from the hunting seasons proposal for
fall 2011. When an animal does not have a hunting season, it is then
illegal to hunt.
when the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission meets May 19th &
20th (see below) if they approve the proclamation ALL wild hog
hunting in the state of Tennessee will be closed to the public except to 10 hunters chosen by certain private
land owners who will be allowed to "eradicate" wild pigs from their
own property. The public at large will no longer be able to hunt
wild boar in Tennessee except for a select few WMAs.
Nifong Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement for TWRA, and currently acting Chief says "As
proposed, your landowner would have to request an eradication permit
and have you named on the permit. (limit 10 per land owner)
Under proposed regulations there will be no "hunting" of wild hogs
with the exception of a couple of (East Tennessee) WMAs. However, there will
be eradication. " (hog hunting will be by the select few named on the eradication permit)
Daryl Ratajczak with the TWRA recently said " We
worked with many of our representatives, as well as other state agencies, and they helped us come up with the plan that was proposed.
One must remember that although they have been here for hundreds of years, hogs are still an exotic species and promoting them as great
species to hunt creates a market, or financial "need", to have hogs around. We are attempting to remove that incentive. Although this
won't solve our hog problem in places where they are found, it hopefully will slow their spread."
Discuss This Issue
Outdoor Talk - www.outdoors-411.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=13289
Hunt America - huntamerica.com/forum/showthread.php?3879-Tennessee-Trying-To-Outlaw-Boar-Hunting
Please call all the commissioners below NOW, be polite, and tell them to NOT remove wild hogs from the hunting seasons.