Please contact Commission members TODAY and urge them to support the proposed sandhill crane hunting season
This Thursday and Friday, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) will consider a sandhill crane hunting season proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 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 for two years of the three season experiment.
If approved by the TFWC, 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 15 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 following:
- A 60-day season concurrent with the state’s late waterfowl season starting in November.
- A hunting zone east of state Highway 56 and south of Interstate 40 in southeast Tennessee.
- 775 crane-hunting permits, with each permit allowed to take up to three birds.
- A quota and check-in system. Hunters would be required to report and tag any killed birds.
- The Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, north of Chattanooga, would be off limits to hunting. This refuge is home to the annual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival.
- A halt to hunting immediately before and during the crane festival.
- A requirement that all permit holders undergo a course proving they can tell the difference between a sandhill crane and a whooping crane.
Please attend a public hearing on Thursday or Friday. If you cannot attend, please contact members of the TFWC, using the information provided below, and respectfully urge them to SUPPORT the proposed sandhill crane hunting season.
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Meetings
Thursday, August 22 - 1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 23 - 9:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn Knoxville West at Cedar Bluff
304 North Cedar Bluff Road
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission:
Dr. Jeff McMillin, Chairman
Cell: (423) 534-2494
Jeffrey H. Griggs, Vice-Chairman
Business: (731) 968-6191
Cell: (731) 614-0623
Franklin J. “Jim” Bledsoe (District-3)
Business: (931) 879-1224
Cell: (931) 265-7201
Clayton Stout (District-1)
William H. “Harold” Cannon Jr. (District-2)
Business: (865) 670-8555
Cell: (865) 389-4525
David N. Watson (District-4)
Business: (423) 762-0350
Cell: (423) 802-1761
Jamie Woodson (District-5)
Business: (615) 727-1545
Cell: (865) 385-1930
Julie Schuster (District-6)
Cell: (615) 477-6430
Fred E. “Trey” Teague III (District-8)
Cell: (731) 616-1470
William W. “Bill” Cox (District-9)
Business: (901) 853-2264
Cell: (901) 828-7500
James H. “Jim” Ripley (Statewide)
Business: (865) 453-2877
Cell: (865) 804-4357
Thomas A. “Tom” Rice (Statewide)
Business: (615) 385-4422
Cell: (615) 347-7761
Robert Martineau (Ex-Officio Member)
Business: (615) 532-0106
Julius Johnson (Ex-Officio Member)
Business: (615) 837-5202
Governor Bill Haslam (Ex-Officio Member)
Business: (615) 741-2001