Wildlife Agency Proposes Free Hunting Day

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has made a proposal to its governing body---the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission--to consider later this year the possibility of creating a Free Hunting Day across the state.

The proposed rule change would allow hunters to participate in a free day of hunting, much like the popular Free Fishing Day in Tennessee, according to the Chief of TWRA's Wildlife Division Larry Marcum.

The fourth Saturday in August, the traditional opening day of squirrel season, was the proposed day to be offered for license-free hunting across the state.

"By allowing hunters this opportunity at the beginning of squirrel season, our hope is that many who haven't hunted in years, might be enticed back into the woods," Marcum said. "Many of our former license buyers began as youth, hunting squirrels in our state. It's also a great way to introduce today's young people to the outdoors, because squirrel hunting tends to be much more social than deer or turkey hunting," noted Marcum.

Formal action will be taken by the TWRC at a later meeting. The Commission usually establishes the coming hunting season between late May and early June.