TN: February TWRC Meeting Set for Nashville

Released on Fri, Feb 03, 2012 – 8:15 am under Wildlife
Resources

NASHVILLE — The establishment of the 2012 special elk hunting
season and a recommendation to add bowfishing for Asian carp as an
approved method of commercial fishing will be among the agenda
items for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission at its
February meeting.

The TWRC will meet Feb. 9-10 (Thursday-Friday) at the Tennessee
Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building in
Nashville. Committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday and
the formal meeting is at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Currently, bowfishing is only allowed as a sport fishing method.
The proposal will allow bow anglers the opportunity to shoot and
sell Asian carp as incentive to reduce their numbers.

Daryl Ratajczak, TWRA Wildlife Division Chief, will make the
agency’s recommendation for the 2012 elk hunt. Also, as instructed
at the January TWRC meeting, the agency had a period for public
comments regarding the addition of a youth hunt. Those comments
will be presented at the meeting.

The National Wild Turkey Federation Convention is scheduled for
Feb. 9-12 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The commission will be
briefed on the opportunities to visit the NWTF events, The TWRA
works with the NWTF to provide conference support and technical
representation.

The commission will receive a presentation regarding the
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) issues at Cummings Cove Wildlife
Management Area (Aetna Mountain) in southeastern Tennessee. A brief
history, update and future plans for the area will be
discussed.

A presentation highlighting recent engineering construction
projects will be made. The commission will be informed about a new
radio show on famed radio station WSM-AM 650.

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