TFWC approves first-ever sandhill crane hunt

TFWC approves first-ever sandhill crane hunt


KNOXVILLE (AP/WATE) - The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a plan Friday to allow the hunting of sandhill cranes.

At a meeting that concluded Friday in Knoxville, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a hunt from Nov. 28 to Jan. 1.

The commission will allow 400 permits, each allowing three birds. The permits will be allocated in a drawing and hunters must pass a crane identification exam before their permits are valid.

Hunting would be allowed from sunrise to sunset along the region south of interstate 40 and east of Highway 56, mostly in the Meigs County area.

Commissioners heard comments both for a hunt and against one on Thursday. Member voted unanimously on Friday to allow what they termed a limited sandhill crane hunt.

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