With hunters already two weeks into this waterfowl season there are reports of good hunting in the area.
Hunters are also being reminded by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to follow the rules and regulations associated with hunting waterfowl out of season and following the bag and possession limits. Also, hunters are required to have the proper permit to be allowed to hunt migratory bids.
One recent case involving two men shooting migratory Canada geese without permits resulted in court proceedings and a hefty fine. David Alexander, general manager of The Farms, and his employee Charles Skaggs Jr. both were fined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well cited by Dyersburg Police this past summer.
Alexander admitted to shooting a number of Canada geese in their flightless molting season at Pioneer Lake No. 5 on June 29 of this year. At the time, he stated the incident was an attempt to protect the club's newly installed greens that reportedly cost the club approximately $60,000. Alexander said the shooting was done in haste and he had not secured the proper permits to shoot the migratory birds. He later attempted to pay a fee for the USDA's Wildlife Section to have the geese relocated to Middle Tennessee, but local residents were concerned for the health of the birds due to high temperatures at the time. They were also opposed to the relocation process because it causes the geese to be separated from their mates after they are broken up into smaller groups when released. Ducks Unlimited also cites that usually in their second year of life, Canada geese find a mate and stay together for life.
U.S Fish and Wildlife Agent Zack Green stated he charged Alexander with taking migratory birds without permission without a valid permit and fined him $2,025. The wildlife service's central violations bureau stated the fine had been paid.
Alexander and Skaggs Jr. also had to pay a $50 fine each to Dyersburg City Court for discharging a firearm within the city limits. Dyersburg City Court Judge Dean Dedmon originally recused himself from the case because his law firm, Wilkerson Gauldin Hayes Jenkins & Dedmon, represents The Farms as well as other members from the club. The men agreed for their case to go before Dyer County General Sessions Judge Jason Hudson at the request of Dedmon. The men later appeared before Hudson who said his court did not have jurisdiction. Hudson stated the men could pay the normal $50 fine and the case would not have to be transferred back to city court. Both men had reportedly paid the fine to city court.
Canada goose season in Tennessee continues until Jan. 27, 2013. The season will continue until Feb. 10, 2013, in the Northwest Tennessee zone, which also includes the portion of Dyer County north of Highway 104. The Northwest Zone also includes Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties; and that portion of Gibson County bounded on the south by Highway 104 [west of Trenton] and on the west by Highway 45W (south of Trenton, Tenn.).