All 400 Permits Issued at Drawing for Sandhill Crane Hunt
NASHVILLE --- All 400 permits were issued at a Saturday hand-held drawing to participate in Tennessee’s second sandhill crane hunt. The drawing was held at the Birchwood Community Center in north Hamilton County.
As a result of the drawing, there are no leftover permits to issue this week at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices.
The draw was conducted by TWRA staff members from the Nashville office and the TWRA Region III office in Crossville.
All persons issued a sandhill crane permit must pass an internet-based crane identification test before hunting. All permits issued are not valid until a verifiable “Sandhill Test” validation code is written on each permit. The purpose of this test is to improve hunter’s awareness and ability to distinguish between sandhill cranes and protected species which may be encountered while hunting. The test is now available online.
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission established a limited sandhill crane hunting season for a designated area in East Tennessee. The sandhill crane hunting season runs with the late waterfowl season on Nov. 22-23 and Nov. 29 - Jan. 1, 2015.