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Old 02-20-2012, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by FishNHunt View Post
Daryl Ratajczak from NEW YORK who is now over the big game management is the biggest snake in the grass TWRA has ever had

I don't know if I would go quite as far as saying he's the biggest biggest snake in the grass. But, I will say I wouldn't trust him any farther than I can throw him. And I'm not a very big guy to be throwing anyone.

I do agree with TWRA that someting had to be done about the hogs. They weren't spreading through natural progress and distribution. Instead, they were showing up around the state at random spots through illegal stocking. Who was doing this? and why? is not for me to be pointing fingers and I have no solution to the problem. But, what really gets to me is that TWRA and their Chief of Wildlife and Forestry, Daryl Ratajczak, has been preaching for years that the public comment period will be open through February for the following year's hunting regulations.

"TWRA Requests Public Input for 2012-13 Hunting Regulations
Released on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 - 1:18 pm under Wildlife Resources

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is soliciting comments for its 2012-13 hunting seasons’ regulations. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff.

Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2012-13 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to . Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.

The comment period concerning the 2012-13 hunting season regulations will be open until Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

Remember we welcome letters of support just as much as we do changes. "

However, last year when the public comment period rolled around, TWRC, says the hog regulations were already voted on the month before and they couldn't be reversed. IMO, they rammed this through because they knew if they waited until February, when they typically have all the hunters show up at the meetings, they would face a huge amount of opposition. If I remember correctly, he stated that all meetings are public, and we (all hunters) could have been there to comment, but none were. But, I don’t want the person that is supposed to be leading the way for sportsmen telling me that they are taking public comments through February, then when February rolls around have them tell me that they voted on it last month, and I really should have been there then. Makes me wonder what else he might run through TWRC while we have our backs turned.

As for bear hunting, TWRC made it painfully obvious to me 2 years ago that bowhunters were not wanted in TN to hunt bears. I do still hunt them for a day or two every year, but I’ve come to the realization that if I want to seriously hunt bears with a bow, I have to go out of state. I won’t go into this any further. I think I’ve posted enough of a rant already.
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