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Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:37 pm
by Todd
The TWRA is trying trying to outlaw boar hunting in Tennessee. They say it encourages the relocation and release of boar. However, they also say they have only had TWO cases in the last SEVERAL years where someone was caught releasing hogs into the wild.

So, in other words, to punish the few criminals, they are going to stick it to us all by not allowing us to kill wild hogs when we see them.

They on the other hand are going to pay some government employees to fly around the state shooting them from a helicopter!

That's right, they are going to reduce the dollars coming into the state by discouraging people to come to Tennessee and hunt boar.

At the same time they are going to create ANOTHER government boondoogle of a program where they spend about $800 PER hour for a helicopter, then throw in several over compensated government workers who get to shoot wild hogs and get paid for it!

To top it all of, they have been leaving these helicopter shot hogs in the woods to rot!


Call ALL of these commissioners today and tell them to make wild hogs open year round with a basic hunting and fishing license the only requirement.

If they are this big of a problem, we should be able to kill them over bait, we should be able to hunt with dogs year round on private property, and we should be able to hunt them at night


William Brown - (423) 886-2143 wbrown@millermartin.com

Jeffrey H. Griggs - (731) 968-6191

Governor Bill Haslam - (615) 741-2001 bill.haslam@tn.gov

Robert Martineau - (615) 532-0106

Dr. Jeff McMillin - (423) 968-1933 jeff.mcmillin@tn.gov

Julius Johnson - (615) 837-5202

Mitchell S. Parks - (615) 876-3046 mitchell.parks@tn.gov

Julie Schuster - julie.schuster@tn.gov

Todd A. Shelton - (423) 639-5183 todd@rlnhc.com

Danya L. Welch - (901) 759-5100

Eric Wright (423) 474-3357 eric.wright@mapeswire.com

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:08 am
by chief joe
Todd wrote:The TWRA is trying trying to outlaw boar hunting in Tennessee. They say it encourages the relocation and release of boar. However, they also say they have only had TWO cases in the last SEVERAL years where someone was caught releasing hogs into the wild.


Outrageous! How could they enforce this if they can't catch the guys releasing pigs? I remember that GA was trying to make it a felony if someone was caught with a live pig in their truck under certain conditions!

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:10 am
by Todd
chief joe wrote:How could they enforce this if they can't catch the guys releasing pigs?


It is happening so seldom it is unbelievable they are blowing it out of proportion like this. Outside of the two people charged, they could only name two places where they suspect hogs had been released.

The reality is those two groups of hogs could have just as easily escaped from someone raising them as they are to have been released for hunting purposes.


chief joe wrote:I remember that GA was trying to make it a felony if someone was caught with a live pig in their truck under certain conditions!


And that is where our efforts should focus. The root of the problem. Catch someone in the possession of a live wild hog, throw the book at them with heavy fines.

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:59 pm
by chief joe
Todd wrote:And that is where our efforts should focus. The root of the problem. Catch someone in the possession of a live wild hog, throw the book at them with heavy fines.


Hard to prove but doable I think. Do y'all have any Russian boar blood in the pigs or are they all feral?

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:15 am
by Todd
For the latest information check out this evolving story here

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/out ... -wars.html

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:16 am
by Todd
TWRA press release regarding vandalism thought to be associated with new hog hunting regulations.

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TWRA TO CLOSE CATOOSA WMA FOR SAFETY CONCERNS

NASHVILLE ---The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced that Catoosa Wildlife Management Area located in Cumberland, Morgan, and Fentress counties will be closed to all public access effective Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. TWRA officials believe this closure is necessary to ensure the safety of visitors using Catoosa WMA and agency employees working in the area.
Since late June, vandals have placed nails, spikes, and nail-boards in fields, secondary roads, and trails on the WMA. TWRA officials believe this vandalism may be a reaction by a small group of individuals dissatisfied with recent changes in the management of wild hog populations on Catoosa.
As part of the overall strategy to address the increasing wild hog population on the Cumberland Plateau, an aggressive program to trap and remove wild hogs was initiated on Catoosa WMA in early June, according to Kirk Miles, TWRA Region III Wildlife Program Manager. Shortly thereafter, employees began finding nails and spikes in fields and along secondary roads accessing wild hog trap sites.
“Initially, we felt that we were able to effectively find and clean up the vandalized sites,” Miles said. “However, the problem has escalated to the point that we no longer feel the area is safe for public use.”
To date 13 tires have been damaged on TWRA trucks used on the WMA. Ten of the tires had to be replaced. Four tractor tires have had flat tires repaired. One TWRA employee narrowly escaped serious injury when he stepped on a large nail.
According to Jim Lane, Catoosa WMA Manager, the vandalism has affected normal operations on Catoosa. “We have found nails and spikes of different sizes, from 2-inch nails to 10-inch spikes,” he said. “We have also found homemade nail boards designed to be driven into the ground.
“They are not easy to find. Basically, we are forced to use metal detectors and cover large areas. It is labor intensive and takes a lot of time to find and clear vandalized locations.”
Fortunately, damage to non-agency vehicles has been confined to one individual who had two tires flattened after traveling on a secondary road in the area. TWRA employees were able to assist the man who was traveling with his three children.
Although there are currently no hunting seasons open on Catoosa, the WMA is still heavily utilized by various users including horseback riders, hikers, and fishermen.
“We are very concerned with the immediate safety of current users on the WMA,” said Miles. “Also, squirrel and deer hunting seasons are just around the corner and that is when the WMA is most heavily utilized.”
TWRA will use the closure period to find and remove as much of the dangerous material as possible. Catoosa WMA is approximately 80,000 acres of field and forest habitat. According to Miles, cleanup efforts will focus on fields, secondary roads, and trails.
“We have a lot of ground to cover,” Miles said. “We will re-open Catoosa as soon as we can be reasonably assured it is safe. I am hopeful that we can reach that point sometime before our first deer hunt in October to allow small game and deer hunters the opportunity to hunt and scout the area.”
TWRA is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties responsible for this vandalism. To provide information relevant to this case please call the TWRA Region III Hunting/Fishing Violation Number at 1-800-241-0767.

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:19 am
by Todd
Todd wrote: TWRA is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties responsible for this vandalism. To provide information relevant to this case please call the TWRA Region III Hunting/Fishing Violation Number at 1-800-241-0767.


What a disgrace, this shows where the TWRA's priorities really lie. They are only willing to pay a $100 reward to find people releasing feral hogs into the wild. However, they are willing to $1,000, or 10 times as much, to find out who is damaging their tires. :roll:

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:24 am
by Todd
Well, I was asked to discuss this issue on an outdoor related talk radio show, so I did a 30-40 minute show this morning at 4:00 am on the topic. I think it went pretty well. He asked if I would be willing to do a second show on the subject.

I think the word is finally starting to get out about the issue....

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:26 am
by Todd
chief joe wrote:
Todd wrote:Do y'all have any Russian boar blood in the pigs or are they all feral?


Yes Joe a lot of the hogs we have here are European/Russian blood lines. Long hair, long snout, and front shoulders taller than than rump.

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:35 am
by Phil
There was an article in our paper about this yesterday. Crazy!!

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:05 pm
by Todd
Phil wrote:There was an article in our paper about this yesterday. Crazy!!


Was it the article that contained quotes from me or another article?

Here are a couple articles from the Chattanoogan a major Chattanooga newspaper where I was quoted and the last one being mostly about my opposition to the issue.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_199808.asp

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_206278.asp

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:24 pm
by Phil
Todd it was an article about closing catoosa wma. :evil: :evil:

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:18 pm
by Todd
Phil wrote:Todd it was an article about closing catoosa wma. :evil: :evil:


Yeah, that got sent out as a news release.

Just another knee jerk reaction by the TWRA punishing everyone for the actions of one person. I guess those guys at the TWRA have never heard of a trail camera....

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:16 am
by Todd
The Outdoor Talk radio interview I did about Tennessee's hog hunting issue is now on-line if anyone is interested.

http://tonysandersoutdoors.com/archives.html

Go down to the date 8/6/2011

Or you can download it directly here, I start about 20 minutes in...

http://www.tonysandersoutdoors.com/podc ... -06-11.mp3

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:54 am
by chief joe
What would happen if there was a season on hunting the hogs? Seems like if the pressure is taken off the pig population will explode.
Texas started to allow helicopter hunting for hogs. A reality TV show on this has been postponed by the heat and drought. Once the tree huggers see this action look out! DUMB!

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:03 am
by Todd
chief joe wrote:What would happen if there was a season on hunting the hogs? Seems like if the pressure is taken off the pig population will explode.


I think and hope the hog population does explode, this is a dumb idea all the way around.

Right now the state is trapping and killing hogs. Then just dumping the carcasses in a field. In the mean time the nation has reached an all time high number of people needing help with food stamps. It doesn't get any dumber than that.....

Re: Tennessee Trying To Outlaw Boar Hunting

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:05 pm
by swampbuck
I know this is an old story but it still stupid , there should be no closed season, bait and any weapon day or night...