New archery season for turkey

from staff reports

Increases in wild turkey populations have given rise to the expansion of hunting opportunities for wild turkeys in Tennessee.
   This year, there is a new archery-only fall season which will be open during the first segment of the archery-only fall season, which will be open during the first segment of the archery-only deer season, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
   Only those counties that have the fall quota gun season will be open to this new season. Across, the state, there are 35 counties with fall turkey hunting.
   In East Tennessee, the following six counties have the quota gun season and will be open to archery hunting for wild turkeys from Sept. 22 through Nov. 2, 2001: Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hancock, and Hawkins.
   During this new season, only archery equipment legal for big game hunting can be used. The bag limit is one wild turkey of either sex.
   Any turkey harvested must be tagged with the temporary harvest tag and be taken to a big game checking station where a permanent tag is completed.
   Turkeys harvested during the archery season do not affect the bag limits for the fall quota turkey hunt or the spring turkey season.
   Bear hunters will have additional hunting opportunities in Tennessee this year, according to the TWRA. Four days of hunting have been added, two that allows the use of dogs and two days for still hunting only.
   November 14-15 will allow the use of dogs. November 24-25 is still hunting only (no dogs allowed). These seasons are for Blount, Cocke, Greene, Monroe, Polk (that portion north of Hwy. 64), Sevier, Unicoi and Washington counties.
   The bag limit on bear for any one person hunting statewide or on WMA hunts or both shall not exceed one bear per calendar year. Cubs or female bears with cubs at their side may not be taken at any time. A cub is defined as a bear weighing 75 pounds or less.