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Bob Hodge: Duck hunting plan not a problem; hogs not so much

By Bob Hodge
Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.

Ducks and hogs are a bizarre mix, but that was the theme when the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission met Wednesday and Thursday in Kingsport.

The duck season for this year was set with little discussion. The hog topic is going to be around for a while.

Tennessee will have a 60-day waterfowl season again and, again, hunters will enjoy a six-duck bag limit. Statewide the season opens Nov. 26-27, closes for a week, then runs Dec. 3 through Jan. 29. At Reelfoot the season opens Nov. 12-13 then reopens with the rest of the state on Dec. 3.

TWRA waterfowl coordinator Tim White told the commission said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported the conditions on the Prairie Pothole region were the second wettest on record and that's a good thing. Numbers for the majority of species are up, so hunters don't have to deal with any partial season on this duck or a closed season on that duck.

The daily bag limit of six ducks includes: four mallards (no more than two of which may be a hen), three wood ducks — that's during the late season, not Tennessee's early wood duck season in September — two scaup, two pintails, one canvasback, and one black duck. The daily bag limit of merganser is five, only two which may be hooded mergansers.

Season dates and bag limits for light geese (snow, blue, Ross) are similar to last season with a shift for the calendar. The standard season will run from Nov. 25 through Feb. 12 (standard regulations apply). Federal Conservation Order provisions allow the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns for the Feb. 13 through March 10 portion of the season. The daily bag limit of light geese is 20 per person, per day during the conservation season.

The youth waterfowl hunt for kids ages 6-15 is Feb. 4-5 statewide while the hunt in the Reelfoot Zone will be Feb. 11-12.

Hogs? It wasn't that easy.

Hog hunters showed up at the meeting to let the TWRC know they don't like the agency's eradication plan. The discussion revolved around hogs and dogs and what is tradition in one part of the state versus hogs moving/getting transported into other parts of the state.

Three state representatives also showed up and were in the corner of the hog hunters. What wasn't said is that it was another group of legislators — none of which were at the meeting — who pushed TWRA into putting together its eradication plan and rushing it into law before it was vetted by the public.

TWRA Forestry and Wildlife Division Chief Daryl Ratajczak and Assistant Chief Gray Anderson updated the TWRC on the progress made toward "the goal of controlling the state's nuisance wild hog population." Some hunters expressed an interest in returning to the hunting regulations in place last season, but that's highly unlikely to happen.

What is likely in coming weeks is hog hunters, commission members, biologists and the odd politician or two — and yes, some of these guys are very odd — are going to try and hammer out something that works toward the TWRA's goals and but also takes into account traditional hunting areas and methods.

Here's a thought: In Region I and Region II counties, places where wild hogs only started showing up within the past few years, TWRA's eradication should move ahead full boar sorry, that should be bore. If the legislators that want the hogs gone are serious, then up the fines for anyone caught moving hogs that are obviously destined to be released and chased by hunters. That's a lot easier to say than do, but the legislators are the one that put this on the fast track.

In Regions III and IV, where hog hunting has a traditional following, cobble together a plan that allows for the eradication effort to move forward but keeps traditional seasons more or less in place. Leave the fall and winter to traditionalists and the rest of the year to the eradicators.

Again, that's easier said than done. But what would make it even easier would be for the politicians who fancy themselves biologists to stay in Nashville. ... t-so-much/

Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:02 pm
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