Sandhill Crane Season Bag Limits, Requirements In Place For 2017-18

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

With the inaugural 2017-18 statewide sandhill crane season approaching, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding hunters of requirements surrounding this hunt and also noting that bag limits depend on the number of tags issued per sportsman.

“We especially want hunters to understand that they had to participate in a drawing for tags and then those who were awarded tags can only take one bird per issued tag,” noted TWRA Migratory Gamebird Program Leader Jamie Feddersen.

Earlier this year the wildlife agency conducted a computer draw for crane hunting tags, but also held a hand-draw in an area of the state referred to by TWRA as the Southeast Crane Zone.

Hunters in the statewide drawing were issued one tag each, while those in the southeast zone received three tags.

“This was the first time TWRA has issued tags for statewide hunting,” said Feddersen. “Hunters who received a white tag (1) can hunt cranes anywhere in the state open to hunting, while those issued blue tags (3) must stay within the designated Southeast Zone.”

Sandhill crane hunting statewide begins Dec. 2, and ends Jan. 28. Hunting in the Southeast Crane Zone has a split season. The first segment is Dec. 2-Jan.11. The second is Jan. 15-Jan. 28. Daily hours of hunting are a half-hour before sunrise until 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CST. 


Hunters with statewide tags can hunt in the southeast zone, but not during the closed portion of the zone’s split season.

Sandhill crane hunting has taken place in other states for years. However, it has only been since 2013 that hunters have been allowed to pursue them in Tennessee in the southeast zone.

As sandhill crane populations have increased, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has granted TWRA wider latitude to provide hunting tags.

However, the agency is closely monitoring the crane harvest, while also requiring hunters to learn how to differentiate sandhill cranes from rare and protected whooping cranes.

Requirements include:

*Passing a Sandhill Crane Identification Test, available on TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org. A validation code that the test has been completed must be recorded on all tags;

*Reporting harvest(s) within 24 hours by mailing a check-in portion of their tag to TWRA;

*Completing a post-hunt survey within 10 days of the season closure.  



A Native Fish Returns To Parksville Reservoir

Catching a trophy musky, or any size for that matter, can be an incredible angling experience. The Cumberland and Tennessee River Basins provide exciting and unique opportunities for Tennessee musky anglers. Parksville Reservoir is the latest water within the historic musky range, to be targeted for establishing a fishery.  In October, TWRA stocked 600 musky in Parksville Reservoir ... (click for more)

TVCC Presents $5,042 To Chattanooga Team River Runner

The Tennessee Valley Canoe Club (TVCC) presented a check for $5,042 to Team River Runner Chattanooga (TRR)  Saturday  evening at  the TVCC annual holiday party.  The money will be used by TRR to help wounded military veterans.  The check was presented by TVCC President Heather Curry to Julie Wright-Carlson, TRR Chattanooga Whitewater Chapter Coordinator. ... (click for more)

Home In Alton Park Damaged By Fire Friday Morning

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire in Alton Park Friday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around  8:30 a.m.  and responded to 4020 Highland Ave. with five fire companies. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, one of the residents of the house was concerned this his wife might still be inside. The firefighters ... (click for more)

Pedestrian Struck And Severely Injured In East Ridge Thursday Night

The East Ridge Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian being struck  at 5300 Ringgold Road on Thursday around  10 p.m. Officers arrived and found that East Ridge resident Dale Henderson had been struck by a vehicle and was suffering from severe injuries. It appears he attempted to cross Ringgold Road in front ... (click for more)

Technology: The Virtual Drug

The truth is you're probably reading this on a mobile device or your computer. As a matter of fact, I’m typing this down on a MacBook Pro. The point is technology is everywhere. It engulfs like a tsunami engulfs a village, only a few ever escape. In fact, it took me two hours to start this paper because I was so hypnotized by phone, checking my Instagram and seeing what the next ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Lesbian’s Daddy

I’ve always held the belief that things work out for the best. Oh, I’ve been in some tights where I couldn’t see the forest for the trees but, in the up-and-down life I have lived, I’ve found that God doesn’t make mistakes. If I’ll just hold on long enough, no matter how bad the circumstances, something good will happen. It always does. One of the best examples I have seen lately ... (click for more)