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Doe Mountain is now open to hunters

Doe Mountain Recreation Authority has announced that Doe Mountain is officially open to hunters. The muzzleloader season begins on November 8, 2014 and runs through November 21 with the gun season to follow on November 22- January 4. Mayor Larry Potter stated, “Doe Mountain is open to hunting and hunters must operate in accordance with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regulations.”
In order utilize to Doe Mountain recreationally for hunting or otherwise, a pass must be obtained at the cost of $18 per day or $60 per year. Mayor Potter said, “We ask that hunters remember that Doe Mountain doesn’t allow any vehicles other than approved ATV’s on the mountain. Hunters can hike or use ATV’s on Doe Mountain but they cannot hunt within 200 yards of an existing hiking trail.”
TWRA regulations state, “Hunters must wear on the upper portion of their body and head a minimum of 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange (blaze orange), visible front and back while hunting big game.” It is also recommended that anyone accessing Doe Mountain during hunting season take safety precautions by also wearing blaze orange.
It is important to note that all TWRA regulations apply on Doe Mountain and in addition to a Doe Mountain pass; hunters must also be in possession of a current hunting license.
The TWRA imposed general hunting regulations that apply statewide include: (Tennessee regulations are included that may not specifically apply to Doe Mountain in order to keep hunters that may travel to other parts of the state informed.)
Possession of Live Animals
No person shall, at any time or by any means, possess or transport live animals taken under the authority of the hunting and trapping season proclamations. No native species may be taken out of the wild and kept as pets.
The taking, killing and/or illegal possession of hawks, owls, songbirds, endangered species or any other species (i.e. snakes) for which a season is not set is prohibited.
There is evidence that alligator populations are expanding north along the Mississippi River into Tennessee. Species which expand their ranges into Tennessee (such as alligators) are protected and may not be taken until a hunting season is proclaimed. Alligators are protected by both state and federal laws in Tennessee.
Roadkill Law
TCA 70-4-115 allows that, except for non-game and federally protected wildlife species, wild game animals accidentally killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed for personal use and consumption. However, possession of a deer killed by a motor vehicle is permitted only if the person notifies the TWRA or any law enforcement officer and supplies his/her name within 48 hours. A bear killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed only upon the issuance of a receipt from the TWRA.
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