The commission’s actions were taken to help clarify proclamations originally approved at its May meeting in which the 2013-14 state hunting regulations were set. Changes were made to prevent conflicts between user groups, including bear hunters participating in scheduled bear dog hunts.
Additionally, changes were made allowing bear hunters to continue to possess a firearm until the end of the day in which they harvest a bear.
The changes do not affect those hunters who have filled their seasonal or daily bag limit from continuing to accompany hunters for the remainder of the respective seasons provided they are not in possession of any firearm or ammunition.
The TFWC’s next regular meeting will be held June 27-28 in Nashville.