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CypressBend  
#1 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 3:56:53 PM(UTC)
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http://news.tn.gov/node/9466

New Commission Sets 2012-13 Waterfowl Seasons
Friday, August 24, 2012 | 11:42 am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission established the 2012-13 waterfowl hunting seasons during its August meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.

The governing body of the TWRA was meeting for the first time as the Tennessee Fish and Game Commission, with the exception of a brief meeting in July to elect its officers. The commission assumed its new name on July 1.

The commission approved the late waterfowl season proposals made by the TWRA. One of the biggest changes waterfowl hunters will see this year is in regard to the youth waterfowl season.

The youth waterfowl season in the Statewide Zone and Reelfoot Zone will be split into two one-day hunts on consecutive Saturdays, rather than a Saturday-Sunday format. The dates in 2013 will be Feb. 2 and 9 for youth ages 6-15.

The other waterfowl seasons will reflect mostly calendar date changes from recent years. There will again be a 60-day season for 2012-13 duck hunting, with one split. The season will end Jan. 27, 2013 and a 6-duck bag limit.

The Statewide Zone duck hunting seasons to be held are Nov. 24-25 and Dec.1-Jan. 27 while the Reelfoot Zone dates are Nov. 10-11 and Dec. 1-Jan. 27. The seasons will maximize the number of weekends open to duck hunting and will end on the latest date allowed (the last Sunday in January).

The number of days allowed for Canada goose hunting seasons has been extended by six days in each of the zones. The daily bag limit for Canada goose has also increased to three from two in all zones.

TWRA waterfowl coordinator Tim White said officials report that habitat conditions in the Prairie Pothole region of the United States and Canada began with a dry spring, but increased rainfall in Canada this summer should be a big boost to the broods. He reported that waterfowl harvests in Tennessee were estimated at almost 198,000 last year. The TWRA recommendations follow the maximum USFWS frameworks regarding duck bag limits. A daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no more than: 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a hen), 3 wood ducks (during the late waterfowl season only), 4 scaup (an increase of 2 from last year), 2 pintails, 1 canvasback, and 1 black duck. The daily bag limit of merganser would be 5, only 2 which may be hooded mergansers.

The maximum number of days allowed within in the federal framework for goose hunting seasons will be in effect. Goose seasons are set as late as federal frameworks allow in order to take advantage of any migratory geese that may be available in late winter.

Season dates for Canada geese are Oct. 13-Oct. 30, Nov. 24-25, and Dec. 1-Jan. 27, 2013 in the Statewide Zone. In the Northwest Zone, the dates are Oct. 13-16, Nov. 10-11, and Dec. 1-Feb. 10. The daily bag limit is 3 per person.

The white-fronted goose season runs statewide from Dec. 1-Feb. 10. The daily bag limit is 2 per person.

Season dates and bag limits for light geese (snow, blue, Ross) are similar to last season with a shift for the calendar. The standard season will run from Nov. 24 through Feb. 10, 2013 (standard regulations apply). Federal Conservation Order provisions allow the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns for the Feb. 11 through March 10, 2013 portion of the season. The daily bag limit of light geese is 20 per person, per day during the conservation season.

Bobby Wilson, Fisheries Division Chief, gave a preview of the 2013-14 sport fishing regulations. The complete proposals for next year will be outlined in a release early next week. Sport fishing regulations are usually established during the October meeting of the TWRC. Also, Wilson gave proposals with relatively minor changes in regard to the commercial fishing proclamation.

Wildlife and Forestry Division Chief Daryl Ratajczak gave the commission an update on the two remaining elk tags. The four participants who had their names drawn were announced at the June meeting.

The fifth participant for the elk hunt Oct. 15-19 will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization, which this year was the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The foundation held an online auction in July and Walt Kimberlin of Oak Ridge was awarded the final permit with a bid of $6,800. Fund-raising proceeds are designated for the TWRA Elk Program. At the recently-held Land and Wildlife Expo, 14-year old Jessica Parkins, of Greeneville, was announced as the winner of the permit to participate in the inaugural Tennessee Young Sportsman Elk Hunt to be held Oct. 20-21.

The TWRC will next meet in Nashville on Sept. 27-28. Committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday and the formal commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday.

---TWRA---

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#2 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 4:06:46 PM(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 4:39:26 PM(UTC)
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awesome so it won't open on thanksgiving
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Is this not going to be the'13-'14 season. This is for the '12-'13 season
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#5 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 4:47:42 PM(UTC)
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Uhhhhhhhhhhh. This is the 2013-2014 season......
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#6 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 4:48:45 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: turbo Go to Quoted Post
Is this not going to be the'13-'14 season. This is for the '12-'13 season


Beat me to it BigGrin
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#7 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 4:48:59 PM(UTC)
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That's last years!!!
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#8 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 4:49:41 PM(UTC)
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They meet this week to decide.
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#9 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 5:06:09 PM(UTC)
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Yeah that was last yrs dates.
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#10 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 7:09:12 PM(UTC)
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My hopes went up there for a minute....
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:25:39 AM(UTC)
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HA HA HA I wonder how many people jumped the gun and thought this was the real dates, I was bored yesterday and thought it would be funny to play a prank. ya gotta stay on your toes around here boys
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 1:46:43 PM(UTC)
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should be 2 cans this year... i i know scaup are way down, but i think they may still be four.

oh, and duck season can not run past the last sunday in Jan. per federal framework.

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#13 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:18:21 PM(UTC)
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I would have believed it but I read the part about the changes to the youth season being new and that's when I noticed it was the 2012-2013 season.
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:49:30 PM(UTC)
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Right now it's a tug of war between Nov 23-24 and thanksgiving day.
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#15 Posted : Wednesday, August 21, 2013 7:10:53 AM(UTC)
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I had no idea that the youth hunt was 2 consecutive Saturdays last year. I think that's a good idea.
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#16 Posted : Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:41:21 AM(UTC)
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Matt, what is your preference?
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