Hunters Help Protect Wild Turkey Resources

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Hunters play a vital role in managing and protecting the natural resources of the state. Not only do hunters provide the funding for wildlife management through the purchase of hunting licenses and equipment, but they also keep a watchful eye on poaching activities that are detrimental to wildlife. One common poaching problem across the state is hunting wild turkeys over corn or other types of bait.

As hunters are scouting prior to and during the hunting season, they should be on the lookout for baited areas or even individuals poaching before the season opens. Be on the lookout for blinds built before the season. Blinds may be constructed from brush, logs, or other natural materials. Inspect the inside of the blind to see if the leaves are scraped away or packed down. This may be an indication that someone is hunting before the season opens.

If you find something that looks suspicious, report it to the TWRA. To report poaching activities, call the following numbers from 7:00 a.m. to midnight seven days a week:

West TN (Region 1) - 1-800-831-1173.

Middle TN (Region 2) - 1-800-255-8972.

Cumberland Plateau (Region 3) - 1-800-241-0767.

East TN (Region 4) - 1-800-831-1174.

In addition to a reward offered by the TWRA, the Tennessee State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation also offers a reward of up to $300 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers. Information received is kept in the strictest confidence.