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Posted on July 22, 2013
Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a 60-day sandhill crane hunting season in Tennessee. This is the second time in three years the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider a sandhill crane hunting season. If approved, Tennessee would be the second state east of the Mississippi River to allow sandhill cranes to be hunted. In 2011, Kentucky considered and adopted a similar proposal and sportsmen have been able to hunt two years, of the three season experiment.
If approved by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), sandhill crane hunting could begin with the 2013-2014 waterfowl season. Over the last three decades, their population has grown more than 300% to the point where hunters in fifteen states (AK, AZ, CO, ID, KS, KY, MN, MT, ND, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY) currently enjoy being able to participate in the hunting and proper management of this abundant species. It is time that Tennesseans are allowed the same opportunity.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed:
The TWRA is accepting public comment until August 10, 2013 on whether to approve sandhill crane hunting. Please send your comments in SUPPORT of sandhill crane hunting.
Please e-mail your comments to:
TWRA.Comment@tn.gov with “Sandhill Crane” in the subject line.
Comments can also be sent in writing to:
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Att: Waterfowl Regulations, Post Office Box 40747, Nashville, TN, 37204.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding sandhill crane hunting in Tennessee please visit the TWRA FAQs page by clicking here.
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