Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission hears updates on quail management and hatchery at June meeting
Oak Ridge, Tennessee – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission heard updates on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Quail Research Project in Three Focal Areas and Fish Hatchery as among June meeting agenda items which ended on Friday.
Dr. Dave Buehler, University of Tennessee, provided an update on the quail research project, including goals, expected timeline and possible implications for management.
The project studies quail in three main areas: the Kyker Bottoms, Bridgestone Firestone and Wolf River Wildlife Management Areas.
The program includes annual documentation of existing quail populations in the areas, collection of data relating to reproduction, survival and habitat use of quails.
Area of habitat conditions documented on each focal area. A habitat plan is being developed for each focal area. An assessment of specific management practices over time will be carried out.
The project achieved the objectives of quail capture and radio tagging, documenting the activity, movements, habitat use, survival and reproduction of bobwhite quail. Significant progress has been made with regard to habitat management plans. The project was a collective effort to bring attention to the restoration of quails in the state.
Frank Fiss, Head of TWRA’s Fisheries Division, provided an overview of the Agency’s hatchery operations, recent expansions and future plans. TWRA operates 11 hatcheries. The agency works with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in two other state hatcheries to store at least 8 million fish in Tennessee waters each year.
Although most fisheries do not require routine restocking, managers use hatchery fish to maintain several popular fisheries across the state. In fact, some fisheries are completely dependent on hatcheries, such as striped bass, hybrid striped bass, walleye and trout in some places. Other fish are stocked to supplement natural populations, restore native species or modify population genetics.
Navigation and Law Enforcement introduced Proclamation 21-05 with minor language changes due to legislative changes regarding the carrying of firearms. In addition, three minor language clarifications regarding sandhill crane hunting, trapping and a wording change to meet the definitions in Title 70.
A report was presented by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation on the Academy of Hunting and Fishing. The program includes recruiting new existing hunters and fishermen, retaining old ones and reactivating.
The commission recognized the Tennessee Wildlife Federation on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. TWRA Executive Director Bobby Wilson read and presented a resolution to TWF CEO Mike Butler on the occasion of the milestone. The TWF is one of the largest and oldest organizations dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and natural resources in the state.
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