TFWC gets hog wild reports
By Tom Wiest | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the March meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission commissioners got a report from Chuck Yoest. The TWRA Wild Hog Coordinator provided a summary of the 2012 landowner exemption program, which is the only way that landowners have to control wild hogs on their property. There were 1,114 exemptions issued last year to landowners across the state.
TWRA estimates that approximately 3,800 wild hogs were taken by exemption holders in 2012. Of the wild hogs taken, 38 percent were taken through trapping, 38 percent by shooting, 18 percent by other means, and 6 percent by unknown means. Yoest said he has received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding the exemption program.
• The spring turkey season started with the youth hunt on March 23-24. Considering the cold preseason weather the two-day harvest was respectable. Of the 1,128 birds taken this year there were 821 mature toms, 291 jakes and 16 hens.
Maury County had the most birds taken with 63, Greene was second with 45 and Dickson followed with 41. The youth harvest last year was 1,709 and in 2011 it was 1,183.
• For those hunters of Tennessee’s home grown elk, the application period for the computer drawing of licenses used to be April 1 – May 31; now the TWRA has moved the 2013 drawing to June 12 – July 24. This lets the elk application period coincide with the deer quota hunt drawings for the wildlife management areas.
The elk season will be Oct. 21-25; the youth elk hunt will still be the following weekend, Oct. 26-27; and the WMA deer quota hunts occur mostly in October and November. Specific filing details will be published here closer to the application period.
Hunters who are interested in applying for both the WMA quota hunts and the elk quota hunt will have to submit two applications, one for each. The computer drawings will be handled separately. The rules and regulations for each quota hunt will remain the same.
• Here is another new product of interest to sportsmen. It is an extreme power source for many of your portable electronics: The Powermonkey Extreme Solar Charger. It can enable extended backcountry excursions, or be a lifesaver for extended power outages at home.
This backup battery/solar charger is an enhanced version of the original Powermonkey charger. When fully charged its 900mAh lithium polymer battery can recharge a five-volt smart phone six times or a typical cell phone up to 12 times; and it can recharge itself even on a cloudy day. At $180, it is relatively lightweight, sturdy and waterproof.
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