TWRA issues updates on affect of COVID-19

Update from Chairman of the Tennessee Wildlife Commission, Kurt Holbert, “Governor Lee’s Executive Orders 22 and 23 identify outdoor activity as an essential activity provided that individuals follow Health Guidelines. As the Chairman of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, I want to assure all hunters and fishers that Tennessee’s turkey hunting season will open Saturday as scheduled and public lands controlled by the TWRA will remain open. Likewise, Tennessee’s lakes and rivers and the access areas controlled by the TWRA will remain open to anglers and recreational boaters.”

The Center for Disease Control has established guidelines for individuals to protect themselves and limit the spread of Covid-19.

This disease is an imminent threat to Tennesseans and should not be taken lightly. The Commission wants to encourage all hunters, anglers, and boaters to follow the Governor’s Executive Orders and to practice social distancing. Go enjoy the outdoors, but please do it in a manner that is smart and safe.#tnwildlife

The Outdoors Are Open! Get out, enjoy the outdoors while following social distancing guidelines set forth by the governor and the CDC. The following properties remain open for your recreational use:

  • Family fishing lakes are open
  • Wildlife management areas are open
  • TWRA managed boat ramps are open
  • Unmanned shooting ranges are open for a listing visit the webpage
  • Turkey season is open starting April 4th

Licenses and boat registration are available online 24/7/365 at

Closures due to COVID-19:

  • TWRA offices are closed to the public but we are always available by phone, email [email protected], or our social media channels.
  • The following TWRA shooting ranges are closed due to COVID-19: Bartlett, John Sevier, Montgomery County, Stones River ranges. 
  • Hatcheries are closed to the public.
  • Check stations at WMAs are closed, report your harvest on the TWRA On the Go app.

If going to any location to boat or fish, be sure to check with the managing authority to make sure that place is open for recreation. There are several localities and counties that have closed some parks and boat ramps.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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