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Tennessee's Hunting and Fishing Regulatory Body

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The commission that sets Tennessee's hunting and fishing seasons and regulations is in the middle of a political battle, and will cease to exist later this year if a solution isn't reached, according to this article on the Tennessean.com

In the most egregiously misguided effort in the recent history of state politics, a couple of House legislators are attempting to literally destroy our priceless wildlife resources for political and commercial gain. In 2011, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s (TWRA) Commission was up for standard reauthorization, but House Government Operations Chairman Jim Cobb refused to hear the bill in his committee. As it stands, the commission will cease to exist on June 30. Without the commission, no fishing, hunting or trapping seasons can be set; no budget can be approved; no licenses or permits can be issued.

"...Chairman Cobb is not the only one focused on dismantling 60 years of progress in professional wildlife management: Rep. Frank Niceley has already introduced at least 12 bills that directly affect the TWRA, and are exceptionally bad for our fish and wildlife resources. The most dangerous one jeopardizes a culturally and economically important native species. Last year, Niceley’s attempt to allow private game preserves to buy, sell and kill white-tailed deer inside of pens was withdrawn for lack of votes. But he’s back with a new version, HB 3164, which eliminates TWRA’s authority to control the farming of exotic and native wildlife, including catching wild deer and putting them in these pens. His bill bypasses House conservation committees and fast-tracks straight to Agriculture — the one he chairs.
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Does the USP have a southern branch now? LOL Almost sounds like thier legislators are taking their cues from PA legislators?



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Unreal.

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Re: Tennessee's Hunting and Fishing Regulatory Body

Here is what hunters in Tenn are doing and talking about.

http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthre...;gonew=1#UNREAD



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Re: Tennessee's Hunting and Fishing Regulatory Body

This is legislative control of hunting and fishing and what it gets you. Resources, policy, and budget are all just another political chip for those elected to manipulate for personal gain / re-election.

No legislator, no one party, no caucus of legislators is beyond the pandering that ensures power and contributions. In this case, wildlife management, and without the ability to issue permits and licenses - hunting and fishing seasons are at jeopardy until resolved. Just as the enforcement and protection aspects.

A net loss for sportsmen.


And some want our fish and game commissions to be under legislative control. Unreal.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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Keep the pond scum legicritters out of the outdoors regulating and give all of the control to the agencied that know what they are doing. Pond Scum makes too many decisions on which way the wind blows

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Re: Tennessee's Hunting and Fishing Regulatory Body

Im not going to rush to judgement here, based on that extremely limited information & clearly biased account. I think Politcos do more than their share of meddling but there is also no free pass that should be given to "wildlife management" just because they are "wildlife management" doesnt mean they are automatically always with zero exceptions "the good guys". What on earth makes them above reproach, and every single one of them an automatic "good guy", where corruption or special interest catering simply cannot exist? And again, im NOT saying that is or isnt the case, so don't read this as me demonizing wildlife management agencies & staff!

Im sure most that have had the knee jerk reaction in this thread about how evil legislators have to be to blame, dont realize whats going on internally or even close. And those legislators have oversight and power over things, just as they do here.

Whatever the case may be there, I sincerely hope it works out for the best for them, and soon.
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Re: Tennessee's Hunting and Fishing Regulatory Body

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And some want our fish and game commissions to be under legislative control. Unreal.
Unfortunately, ours and most other states, already is.
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