The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved updates to the state’s 2020-2022 fishing regulations at its recent September meeting in Nashville. The time-of-day restriction and one-pole limit on wild trout streams were removed. Wild caught trout from certain waters may only be used as bait in their home waters.
Some sport fishing regulations were changed in some smaller lakes, such as: Carroll, Graham, Glenn Springs, Pin Oak (in Natchez Trace S.P.), and Fort Patrick Henry. There will be bait restrictions on many more streams where the harvest, use and possession of crayfish are prohibited or limited to their home waters. For more details see the news section of www.tnwildlife.org.
The TFWC also reported on the second annual August “velvet antlered” deer hunt. This year’s statewide harvest was 586 compared to 798 last year. In the newly created Unit CWD in southwestern Tennessee, there was an increase from 36 bucks to 61. This year muzzleloaders were allowed in Unit CWD along with archery equipment.
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There are two upcoming classes for this area: 6-9 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 7 (M-Tu-Th-F and 9-11 a.m. Saturday) at New Hopewell Baptist Church in Knoxville; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11, at Knoxville’s John Sevier Hunter Education Center. Other classes may be added at any time, so check often. For those persons without computer access, visit a local library or call a TWRA regional office for further assistance. Region IV’s phone number is 800-332-0900.
Are you having trouble scheduling the time for a hunter education class? There is an online alternative with an online written exam and a required field day for live shooting; but, now there also is an exemption to the field day for those 21 years or older. The following steps are required:
Complete one of the online classes at www.tn.gov/twra/hunting/hunter-education.html. These courses cost $29 and are interactive, narrated, and offer daily (including weekend) live customer service via email or telephone. Complete the form provided for the field day exemption and mail, fax or email it with required documentation and payment ($12) to the address listed on the form. To request a form offline contact the Hunter Education Coordinator at 615-781-6538. Your certificate will arrive in three to five business days after submission.