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Reelfoot Lake State Park Is Site For First TWRC Meeting of 2009

Nashville – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will
hold its first meeting of 2009 on Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 21-22,
at Reelfoot Lake State Park near Tiptonville. It marks the second
consecutive year that the TWRC’s January meeting will be held at
the Reelfoot Lake State Park.

The TWRC meeting begins at 1 p.m. on Jan. 21 with the committee
meetings and starts at 9 a.m. on Jan. 22 with the regular meeting.
The TWRC serves as the governing body for the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency. The public is invited to attend.

Among the items on this month’s agenda includes TWRA’s final
recommendations for Tennessee’s first elk hunt. The TWRA is
requesting the commission’s approval for a five-day hunt in October
2009, with a total of five permits to be allocated.

The TWRA issued an RFP (Request For Proposal) at the
commission’s November meeting for a Special Elk Take Permit to go
to a non-profit wildlife conservation organization, but received no
proposals. The TWRA is planning to re-issue the RFP in February,
and will provide an update on the process.

TWRA has been involved with assessment of natural resource
damages and initiation of investigations into long term impact to
wildlife resources and habitat as a result of the outer wall of the
TVA fly ash disposal area for the Kingston Steam Plant gave way on
Dec. 22. Tons of material was released into the Emory River system.
This release caused a significant property loss displacing whole
neighborhoods, destroying roads, rail lines, gas lines and
utilities. Fish, aquatic life and their habitats were
destroyed. 

A brief description of the release assessment photography and
TWRA’s initial and long term involvement will be provided.

The TWRA will present a rule amendment to the commission that
would establish a first come, first serve process for allocating
Special Season County Permits for deer and fall turkey hunts. Over
the last several years, these quota hunts have had substantial
leftover permits after the drawings. Changing the process to
first-come, first-serve will eliminate the need to set up a quota
drawing system for these hunts, and provide sportsmen greater
flexibility in planning their fall hunts.

A change in a rule concerning migratory bird hunting that would
apply only to the Reelfoot Wildlife Management Area is proposed.
Specifically, the proposed change would be to the methodology used
to register a permanent registered duck blind site. Duck Blind
registration at Reelfoot WMA had been by certified mail or in
person since the system began in 1986.

Records were maintained by hand and later by computer. Two years
ago, the TWRA was approved to go to the REAL system for the
agency’s registration program. This rule change will codify the
current registration procedure under the REAL system. 

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