Tennessee fishing license. (Image: TWRA)

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission voted at its March meeting to establish hunting and fishing regulations every two years, rather than on an annual basis. Beginning in May of 2018, hunting regulations will be set on even years, with fishing regulations being set for two years on odd years beginning in 2019.

The commission also directed the TWRA to hold public meetings twice a year in each of the four TWRA regions. The meetings will offer an opportunity for sportsmen to offer input and ask questions of TWRA personnel.

TWRA’s Elk Program leader, Brad Miller, made a presentation on the TWRA’s strategic elk plan for the next 10 years. The plan emphasizes healthy populations, habitats and public involvement.


Dr. David Buehler from the University of Tennessee gave a first-year update on a turkey research project in southern Middle Tennessee counties, where turkey population is a concern. The TWRA, UT, and the National Wild Turkey Federation are partnering in a six-year project that began in late 2016 to look at turkey survival, reproduction and other factors having an impact on population trends in the area.

The first field season of data collection went smoothly and the project is well into its second year, Dr. Buehler said. The turkey population dynamic being learned will prove very useful in making future turkey management decisions.

TWRA requests public input for 2019 fishing regulations

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is welcoming comments for its 2019 fishing regulations. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about fishing regulations with TWRA staff.

The comment period concerning fishing regulations will be open until April 22, 2018.

Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Attn: Fisheries Division-Comments, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to [email protected] Please include “Fish Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.

The proposed fishing regulation changes will be previewed in August at the meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. There will be a public comment period on the proposed regulations after the presentation.