The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a special mobile app that deer hunters will be able to use to check in their big game harvests next season. The vote came during the January meeting of the TFWC, which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region II Ray Bell Building.
The change calls for all big game animals to be checked in at an approved TWRA checking station, on the TWRA website or by the TWRA mobile application by the end of the calendar day of harvest. Evidence of the big game animal’s species and sex must be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until the animal is checked in. All big game animals taken to taxidermists or to meat processors must be accompanied by documentation on approved TWRA forms or mobile application.
The new mobile application for check-ins will be ready for the 2013 spring turkey season. TWRA is changing its big game tagging system from utilizing temporary and permanent harvest tags to a harvest log.
Jason Henegar, TWRA statewide river and streams coordinator, gave a report of the reintroduction of lake sturgeon in the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. The agency has reports of the sturgeon being caught at various spots in the Tennessee River as far north as the Knoxville area and in the Cumberland River ranging to the Land Between the Lakes area.
Don King, TWRA Information and Education Division chief, played a preview of the recently completed Charlie Daniels public service announcements.
The commission approved a budget expansion for the new Reelfoot Spillway. The funds will be used to establish a lake level flow gauge network, compile data to produce an operation manual and test the spillway computer system. This initiative will be a cooperative, cost-shared project with the U.S. Geological Survey.
The TFWC scheduled its next meeting for Feb. 14-15 in Nashville. Committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 14, and the formal meeting is at 9 a.m. Feb. 15.