Harvested Black Bears Must Be Checked at Physical Checking Stations

Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 4:12pm

Harvested Black Bears Must Be Checked at Physical Checking Stations

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. --- As the archery season for black bears opens this Saturday in all bear hunting zones, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wishes to remind hunters that all black bears harvested in the state must by physically checked in at a TWRA-approved checking station.  Electronic checking through TWRA’s website or mobile application is not permissible for black bears.

TWRA has established at least one bear checking station in each county that is open for bear hunting.  At some of these checking stations that are setup for bears only, hunters will receive a paper tag upon having their bear checked.  Traditional checking stations that also check other big game species will operate under their normal process.

For a list of approved physical checking stations, click here.  Hunters without Internet access may call the TWRA Region III office in the Cumberland Plateau area at (931) 484-9571 or the Region 4 office in East Tennessee at (423) 587-7037 for checking station locations.

TWRA also recommends calling the checking station before taking your bear to ensure its hours of operation.

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From TWRA Region IV