TN - Firefighters Charged With Illegal Dove Hunting
Firefighters Charged With Illegal Dove Hunting
by Richard Simms
posted September 2, 2008
Tennessee wildlife officers made several cases involving illegal dove
hunting activities on Labor Day.
TWRA spokesman Dan Hicks says that in one case in Hamilton County,
two Chattanooga firefighters were charged with hunting over illegal bait
after they were allegedly found shooting dove on a gravel driveway where
grain had been thrown on top of the gravel. The two firefighters were
There were several cases made in Bradley County as well.
In one case on Lower River Road wildlife officers said they
discovered five people with 144 dove in their possession. The legal
limit is fifteen per person.
Three of the five who officers said had clearly over the limit were
charged and a juvenile was given a warning.
Officers said one man ran when they approached the field, throwing
dove away as he ran. He was apprehended and officers said he was charged
with 17 counts of being over the limit and "refusing inspection."
State law makes it illegal for anyone hunting or fishing to refuse
inspection by wildlife officers.
In another Bradley County case on Strawhill Road, officers say they
found a field which had been overly "spiced" with winter wheat seed.
They wrote two people there for illegally hunting over bait.
Hamilton County authorities said they also received complaints of
people hunting geese on the Tennessee River, inside the Chattanooga city
However Tennessee Wildlife officials say that as long as hunters are
on public land, hunting in a safe area in accordance with state law, it
is perfectly legal.
The Tennessee State Attorney General has issued a formal opinion
which says that local law cannot supersede state law, and the parameters
TWRA officials however emphasize that hunters should always be sure
they are hunting in a safe manner and means.