The commission that sets Tennessee’s hunting and fishing seasons and regulations is in the middle of a political battle, and will cease to exist later this year if a solution isn’t reached, according to this article on the Tennessean.com
_In the most egregiously misguided effort in the recent history of state politics, a couple of House legislators are attempting to literally destroy our priceless wildlife resources for political and commercial gain. In 2011, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s (TWRA) Commission was up for standard reauthorization, but House Government Operations Chairman Jim Cobb refused to hear the bill in his committee. As it stands, the commission will cease to exist on June 30. Without the commission, no fishing, hunting or trapping seasons can be set; no budget can be approved; no licenses or permits can be issued.
__”…Chairman Cobb is not the only one focused on dismantling 60 years of progress in professional wildlife management: Rep. Frank Niceley has already introduced at least 12 bills that directly affect the TWRA, and are exceptionally bad for our fish and wildlife resources. The most dangerous one jeopardizes a culturally and economically important native species. Last year, Niceley’s attempt to allow private game preserves to buy, sell and kill white-tailed deer inside of pens was withdrawn for lack of votes. But he’s back with a new version, HB 3164, which eliminates TWRA’s authority to control the farming of exotic and native wildlife, including catching wild deer and putting them in these pens. His bill bypasses House conservation committees and fast-tracks straight to Agriculture — the one he chairs._
Thoughts? Can any Tennessee hunters and anglers give us some insight to this? Are there similar political battles happening in other states?