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Offline GreenJeans

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"ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« on: May 24, 2010, 11:02:00 AM »
TWRC SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT CONCERNING BEAR ARCHERY SEASON

 

NASHVILLE --- In Thursday’s (May 20) Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission meeting, action was taken during the 2010-11 hunting seasons-setting process which reduced the bear archery season to three weeks from the originally proposed five week season in Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson, Johnson, Monroe, Polk, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.

The change by the TWRC was in response to discussions related to calls that some commissioners had received in reference to the length of the season. While there was some similar discussion at the April TWRC meeting when the season recommendations were previewed, the recommendation to shorten the bear archery hunting season was not specifically on the commission agenda for the May meeting.

In reference to that change, Mike Chase, TWRC Chairman, stated “My concern is perhaps ample time was not given for other opinions to be considered. Given the volume of regulations and seasons we had to address during our meeting, that is sometimes difficult to do. We want to make absolutely sure that all sides are considered before we finalize this year’s regulations for bear hunting.

            “Therefore, if the change in the season length is a concern to the archery community, I would ask those hunters contact their local TWRC member. If there appears to be a desire for the commission to readdress that issue, we will gladly do so at the June commission meeting.”

---TWRA---

 

 

Allen Ricks
Wildlife Information Specialist
TWRA Region IV
1-800-332-0900 or 423-587-7037 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays)
Fax 423-587-7057

This may be a good topic for TTAS to jump in on.  Some of the complaints are that the archery hunters have more hunting opportunity than other user groups, wounding losses, and hunting bears over bait.
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Re: "ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010, 01:01:00 PM »
Left him a message and my number. First thing is to better understand the reasoning behind the change. I will be speaking on behalf of myself and TTAS, and will post the results. If there isn't some good reason, I hope everyone reading this will call and voice their opinion. This is exactly the kind of thing that we need to be involved in, and will give us credibility and momentum for future growth and influence.
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Re: "ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010, 10:09:00 AM »
Alright folks, we need to step up on this. Turns out this was slipped in on a meeting without notice in an obvious attempt by doggers to cut bowhunters out of "their" action. They made the worn out and unfounded argument that bowhunters do nothing but wound animals. In fact, there is apparently no evidence of unrecovered bow bear kills. This coersion alone is unacceptable, let alone the obvious ethical issues with dogging, much of which is done with no intention of killing the bear. I plan on attending the follow up meeting for this with my soap box ready and loaded for bear (pun intended).

The problem is that there will be no follow up and the decision will stick if there is not enough pressure from the public.

If you are fine with councilmen planning to take away your hunting rights in a blatantly covert political move, with interest in a "hunting" practice that is ethically and biologically unsound, then by all means do nothing. If this is NOT ok with you contact your councilman today. All the contact names and info for your area are on TWRA website. I will post them later, but I'm real busy so dont wait.

These are the things that a viable state bowhunting org will be very involved in.
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Re: "ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2010, 08:16:00 PM »
Anyone know the rep. for west tn off the top of his head?

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Re: "ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010, 10:43:00 AM »
New link to voice your concerns as well

twra.comment@tn.gov

Your Reps and districts

 http://www.state.tn.us/twra/pdfs/commission09.pdf
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Re: "ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 01:13:00 PM »
Boy...  these guys really do not want to be bothered with public input about their government service.  It took quite a while to find an email to Julie Schuster district 6.  I finally had to settle for sending an email to her husband (I am sure that will be appreciated).
Bob Brundage
Clarksville, TN

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Re: "ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 12:19:00 PM »
Thanks for getting involved, guys. I don't think I need to tell anyone that this isn't about whether or not you are personally affected. Eventually, you will be.

As for me, the next time a bear shows up on a deer or hog hunt, during bear season, will be my first bear hunt. So don't go thinking I'm just trying to rally the troops for my own benefit.
Twin Oaks Bowhunters
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Re: "ALERT" on East TN Bear Archery Season
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2010, 01:49:00 PM »
The concept of holding the folks who are representing us to using sound scientific facts instead of following their emotions or who ever happens to be bending their ear at the moment in their decision making process is not lost on me.

  (whoa, I almost passed out there.  Such a long sentence without a breath).
Bob Brundage
Clarksville, TN

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