TWRA Letting Bear Hunters Know That Dogs Are Prohibited During Nov. 18-21 Hunt

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 1:40pm

TWRA Letting Bear Hunters Know That Dogs Are Prohibited During Nov. 18-21 Hunt

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is clarifying an error that has occurred in the printed copy of the agency’s 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.

On page 28, there is a chart that indicates hunters will be allowed to use dogs during the Nov. 18-21 gun/muzzleloader/archery hunt in Bear Hunt Zones 1, 2, and 3.

However, dogs will not be allowed during that particular hunting segment.

Bear hunting takes place in the eastern portion of the state and dogs are allowed during many of the various bear zone hunts between late September and late December.

However, TWRA has not usually allowed dogs during the Nov. 18-21 hunt, which coincides with the opening of the gun season for white-tailed deer.

“We schedule hunts with different bear-hunting interests in mind and we believe most bear hunters are aware of our traditional seasons, but we just want to make sure they know about this mistake,” noted Mark Gudlin, the chief of TWRA’s Wildlife and Forestry Division.

The agency’s digital version of the bear zone chart in the hunting guide is correct and can be viewed by clicking here.

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