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Public input sought concerning bear archery season in Unicoi, other counties

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission is still seeking public input concerning the bear archery season.
At the May commission meeting, the TWRC reduced the 2010-11 bear archery season to three weeks from the proposed five-week season in Unicoi, Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson, Johnson, Monroe, Polk, Sevier, Sullivan and Washington counties.
The change by the TWRC was in response to discussions related to calls that some commissioners had received about the length of the bear archery season. While there was some similar discussion at the April TWRC meeting, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency did not recommend shortening the bear archery hunting season at the May commission meeting.
In reference to that change, Mike Chase, TWRC Chairman, stated “My concern is perhaps ample notice of a possible change was not given for other opinions to be considered. Given the volume of regulations and seasons we had to address during our meeting, that is sometimes difficult to do. We want to make absolutely sure that all sides are considered before we finalize this year’s regulations for bear hunting.”
Hunters may send their comments to the following email address: [email protected] or by regular mail to: Archery Bear Season Comments, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204.