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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Law Enforcement

NEW OFFICERS WELCOMED TO TWRA RANKS --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency commissioned 16 wildlife officers to join its ranks to serve in counties across the state. Pictured (from left) are TWRA Lt. Col. Glenn Moates, retired TWRA Cpt. Ken Reedy, TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter, Chris Argo, Austin Parsley, Justin Pinkston, Matt Hammons, Dustin Burke, Riley Melton, Clay Hetland, TWRA Training Coordinator Cpt. Andy Rush, Jonas Cothren, Jocee Blanton, Zach Wofford, Taylor Weaver, Bradley Baldwin, Bradley Harris, Montana Michelson, Dillon Maynard, TWRA Col. Darren Rider, Hunter Spencer, and Lt. Col Cape Taylor.

Report a hunting, fishing violation or a boating accident in your area.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offers a reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of wildlife poachers.

Individuals with information about poachers or poaching activities can contact the TWRA by calling one of the regional offices from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight, seven days a week.

In addition to the reward offered by the TWRA, the Tennessee State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation offers up to a $300.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals poaching wild turkeys.

Information such as the individual’s name or description, vehicle tag number or description, nature of offense and location of the offense greatly assists the TWRA in apprehending wildlife poachers. All information received by TWRA is kept in the strictest confidence.

To report a Hunting/Fishing/Boating violation, call the numbers below, 7:00a.m. until 12:00 midnight, seven days a week:

West Tennessee - Region I Middle Tennessee - Region II Cumberland Plateau - Region III East Tennessee - Region IV
1-800-831-1173 1-800-255-8972                1-833-402-4699 1-800-831-1174

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

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The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in member states. This means that illegal activities in one state can affect a person’s hunting or fishing privileges in all participating states. Any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a member state may also be suspended in Tennessee. If a person's hunting, fishing, or trapping rights are suspended in Tennessee, they may be suspended in member states as well. This cooperative interstate effort will enhance the Division of Wildlife’s ability to protect and manage our wildlife resources.

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact also establishes a process whereby wildlife law violations by a non-resident from a member state are handled as if the person were a resident, meaning they can be served a ticket rather than being arrested, booked, and bonded. This process is a convenience for hunters, fishermen, and trappers of member states, and increases efficiency of Wildlife Officers by allowing more time for enforcement duties rather than violator processing procedures. 

 IWVC Member States

Tennessee honors all similar wildlife violation suspensions from other member states.  This would include Failure to Appear in court violations.

One of the benefits to sportsman who violate wildlife laws is if they are from a member state TWRA officers can write them a simple citation instead of taking them to jail and having them post a cash bond.

If a non-resident sportsman is issued a wildlife citation fails to comply with the citation or appear in court, the TWRA will notify their home state of a Failure to Comply. The home state will then suspend that person's resident hunting or fishing license. Once the sportsman complies with the Tennessee violation, their home state will be notified and their resident license will be reinstated.