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Regional Roundup

(Updated August 28, 2014)


Tennessee

Exciting News for Tennessee Teal Hunters

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) voted unanimously to increase the early wood duck and teal hunting season daily bag limit from 4 to 6 (no more than two wood ducks) and also allow the addition of teal-only hunting days to this season.

The TFWC approved the proclamation (14-10 which amended 3-11) in a meeting via conference call on Friday, Aug. 1. The only item on the agenda was this proclamation which addresses the early migratory bird hunting seasons.

In late June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) approved the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's and the Mississippi Flyway Council's request for these two changes.
The requests had been made in response to the high blue-winged teal populations and similar recent expansions in states with September teal-only hunting seasons. The change will allow the addition of four teal-only hunting days.

The wood duck and teal season is Sept. 13-17. The teal-only hunting dates are Sept. 18-21. The TWRA emphasizes the need for proper duck identification during the additional teal-only days.
The TWRA staff worked for months with the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways and the USFWS to bring this request forward. The request is based on biological information in a 2013 report made available to the flyway councils. These changes will be experimental for three years.

2014 WMA Big Game Quota Hunt Results Available

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing that the 2014 big game quota hunt applications have been posted. Application results can be viewed on the TWRA website.

When reviewing the application results, sportsmen must enter in only one form of identification without using dashes, spaces or special characters (for example 123456789) and then enter in the date of birth using the format mm/dd/yyyy ( example-06/10/1967). If you have multiple hunt applications for the year, you will need to select the drop down box and choose the quota hunt results that you wish to view.

The award status column will tell you if you were unsuccessful or awarded for each hunt code. Permits and unsuccessful notices will be going in the mail by the end of the week of Aug. 18-22.

Mississippi

Mississippi's Hunter Ed Classes are in Full Swing

Jackson – Hunting season is right around the corner, and hunter education classes are in full swing across the state. These classes, which teach firearm safety, wildlife conservation, and sportsman ethics, have been very successful in training the next generation of Mississippi's sportsmen and women and reducing the number of hunting accidents. Classes are taught by MDWFP staff and volunteer instructors and are also available online. The schedule for hunter education classes, which is updated regularly, is found at www.mdwfp.com.

Hunter Orange Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season

JACKSON – New for the 2014 - 2015 deer hunting season are changes in "hunter orange" regulations. When hunting deer during any firearms season for deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least five hundred square inches of solid unbroken fluorescent orange unless hunting in a stand at least twelve feet above ground or in a fully enclosed deer stand or blind. However, hunters must wear hunter orange while traveling to and from their stand. Hunters are also encouraged to carry a light while walking into the woods before daylight or leaving after dark.

Arkansas

Early Migratory Bird Seasons and Proposed Late Season Dates Announced

Mourning dove and Eurasian collared-dove
Sept. 6-Oct. 25 and Dec. 20-Jan. 8
Teal season
Sept. 13-28
Rail season
Sept. 6-Nov. 14
Woodcock season
Nov. 8-Dec. 22
Common snipe season
Nov. 1-Feb. 15
Purple gallinule and common moorhen season
Sept. 1-Nov. 9
Early Canada goose season
Sept. 1-15
Northwest Canada goose zone season
Sept. 20-29
AGFC Waterfowl Program Coordinator Luke Naylor presented the Commission with the late migratory season proposals.
Proposed duck season dates:
Nov. 22-30
Dec. 4-Dec. 23
Dec. 26-Jan. 25
Youth Hunt: Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Canada, White-fronted, snow, blue and Ross's goose seasons
Nov. 13-Jan. 25
Snow, blue and Ross's goose conservation order
Oct. 11-Nov. 12, Jan. 26-30 and Feb. 2-April 25


Kentucky

Kentucky's 2013-14 Elk Season Opens with Archery Hunting for Bulls

Kentucky's elk seasons open Sept. 21 with bull elk archery season. Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hold a positive outlook for the upcoming elk seasons.
Last season, elk hunters in Kentucky took 595 elk comprised of 39.5 percent male and 60.5 percent female. There were 900 permits awarded for the elk quota hunts in 2012.

The number of elk hunting permits increased to 1,000 for the 2013-2014 elk season. The first Kentucky elk hunts began in 2001 when Kentucky Fish and Wildlife issued 12 permits. The herd goal is 10,000 elk.

Hunters may now choose between the At-Large North and At-Large South hunting areas or three limited entry areas (LEAs). Kentucky's elk restoration area encompasses 16 counties and roughly 4.2 million acres.
The key to a healthy herd is the harvest of cow elk, the reason Kentucky Fish and Wildlife issues 750 cow elk tags and 250 bull elk tags.

The bull elk archery season debuted in 2011. Hunters enjoy an extraordinarily high success rate for these hunts since, averaging about 60 percent.
The bull elk archery season closes for the first time Oct. 4. The second segment of this season opens Oct. 19 and runs until Dec. 13. The third segment begins Dec. 28 and ends Jan. 20, 2014. The cow elk archery season mirrors the final two segments of the bull elk archery season.

The first week of bull elk firearms season opens Oct. 5 closes Oct. 11. The second week of this season runs from Oct. 12 through Oct. 18. The first week of cow elk firearms season opens Dec. 14 and closes Dec. 20 with second week of opening Dec. 21 and ending Dec. 27.


Alabama

Alabama Game Check System now Voluntary

After careful consideration, Conservation Commissioner N Gunter Guy, Jr., with the full support of the Conservation Advisory Board (CAB), has decided to withdraw the mandatory Game Check regulation and implement voluntary compliance. The Game Check system will still be effective Oct. 15, 2013, for the first day of archery season. CAB Chairman Dan Moultrie said, "We are confident that the hunters in Alabama will comply with the Game Check reporting system on a voluntary basis this first year because they know the importance of the information gained through this process."

The biological data gained through harvest reporting will provide the Conservation Department with invaluable information on a county-by-county basis. "As a biologist, I know we must have harvest data in order to make accurate season and bag limit recommendations," said Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes. "After traveling the state for the past nine months and talking to hunters at town hall style meetings, I am confident that the hunters of the state understand that the motives of Game Check are pure. Once hunters understand that the data gained through Game Check will be available in almost real time to them as well as the Department, they get excited about the possibilities."

The Conservation Department urges hunters to voluntarily report deer and turkey harvests through the Game Check reporting system. Hunters have three ways to report their harvests: an Outdoor Alabama app for iPhone and Droid smart phones, online at www.outdooralabama.com, or by phone at 1-800-888-7690.

 


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