This is the last time I will post on this subject, because some folks insist that their opinion means anything, when fact the LAW is just that, LAW.
I did not make up 70-4-101. Nor did I, anywhere in my post, suggest that TWRA owned anything, I cut an pasted the ownership statement from the state code of Tennessee. As much as I as a hunter would like to believe, the State has claimed "OWNERSHIP of and title to all forms of wildlife within the state, that are not lawful individual property..." That fact is irrefutable, and nothing you or any any one else says will change it. The state is not TWRA, nor is TWRA the state. The state govenment does in fact entrust the management of wild animals FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST to TWRA, but as the LAW states, well, you can read it for yourself. That is a direct quote. Find it for yourself, it is written in TENNESSEE STATE CODE ANNOTATED TITLE 70 Chapter 4 SECTION 101. There is no arguement. It may be unpleasent, perhaps, but unargueable. I will not waste my time cutting & pasting it again.
On the issue of Whitetail Deer classification:
Taken DIRECTLY from the TENNESSEE STATE CODE ANNOTATED 70-4-403:
(2) Class II - This class includes native species, except those listed in other classes
(4) Class IV - This class includes those native species that may be possessed only by zoos and temporary exhibitors; provided, that rehabilitation facilities may possess Class IV wildlife as provided by rules established by the commission if authorized by a letter from the director of the agency:
(A) Black bear (Ursus americanus);
(B) White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus);
(C) Wild turkey (Meleagris gallapavo), including the eggs of wild turkey;
(D) Hybrids of a Class IV species other than bobcat shall be Class IV; and
(E) Animals that are morphologically indistinguishable from native Class IV wildlife shall be Class IV
I will happily say that you are right about the classification of whitetail deer, I did read under Class II "Includes native species" and stopped after looking at the zoo comment in class four. That was irresponsible on my part, and I can admit a mistake.