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Old November 14, 2001, 10:04 PM   #1
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Tenn. Hunters: Help request from a 16 yr old female hunter

I recieved this today. Since I do not live in Tenn, i know nothing of the TN hunting laws and regulations. Comments, suggestions , etc would be appreciated on this. Thanks, Nancy
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Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2001 8:49 PM
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My name is Stephanie Roberts and I am 16 years old. I enjoy deer hunting in Tennessee. I am concerned about the number of teenagers participating in outdoor sports in our state.

Over the last ten years, Tennessee has seen a declining trend in the number of teenagers hunting and fishing. The number of kids getting their Young Sportsman License has dropped by almost 30% since 1990. This type of decline should raise red flags for every Tennessean interested in hunting or fishing.

The continued growth and ultimate survival of Tennessee's wildlife management program is dependent upon license fees. Our state is heading down the path of outrageous fees because we will have so few hunters and fishermen. The key to fixing this problem is to get more kids involved in these activities.

I ask for your help in convincing the TWRA Commission to change the age for a Young Sportsman License to run from ages 13 to 18 instead of the current 16. Since I am 16 now, my deer hunting license cost me $37.00 while my younger sister's only cost $7.00.

In order to get teenagers involved for a lifetime, their first few years should not be such a financial burden. Teenagers today have many choices where to spend their money. Commission members should set the fees to attract young hunters instead of pushing them into the arcade.

Please send me an email in support of my efforts. Thank you for your consideration of my idea. Good luck on all of your hunting and fishing trips.
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Old November 15, 2001, 08:29 PM   #2
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addresses for TN commission members

Nancy -- Yes, please pass this along to any one you like. Here are the addresses for the commission members. I sent a formal letter to each of them earlier this week. Thank you very much for any help and/or suggestions.

George Akans, Jr. 1999-2005*
Renfro Construction Co., Inc. (E-2)
4817 Rutledge Pike
Knoxville, TN 37914
Business - (865) 546-3173
Fax: (865) 546-9744

Wilda Barton 1999-2003*
164 Stanworth Cove (Statewide)
Jackson, TN 38305
Business - (731) 422-7640
Business Fax: (731) 427-6843

R. B. "Buddy" Baird 2001-2007*
211 South Depot St. (E-1)
Rogersville, TN 37857
Business - (423) 272-0301
Fax: (423) 272-0838

Bill Cox 2001-2007*
362 New Byhalia Rd. (W-9)
Suite 202
Collierville, TN 38017
Business - (901) 853-7766
Fax: (901) 854-1181
E-mail address -

Michael Gaw 2001-2005*
1045 Fisk Road (M-3)
Cookeville, TN 38501
Business - (931) 520-4000
Fax: (931) 520-1562

Milton Hamilton, Jr.
Commissioner - Department of Environment and Conservation
21st Floor, L & C Tower
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0435
Business - (615) 532-0104
Fax: (615) 532-0120

Tom Hensley 1999-2005*
72 Villagewood Dr. (E-8)
Jackson, TN 38305
Business - (615) 394-6411

Beverly Johnson 1997-2003*
P.O. Box 322 (M-6)
Pulaski, TN 38478
Business - (931) 363-7621
Fax: (931) 363-9679

Charles Peavyhouse 1997-2003*
7311 Clearwater Road E. (E-4)
Hixon, TN 37343
Residence: (423) 842-1072

Jeanette Rudy 2001-2007*
2730 Pennington Bend Road (M-5)
Nashville, TN 37214

Hugh T. "Skip" Simonton, Jr. 2001-2003*
624 Roper Dr. (Statewide)
Covington, TN 38019
Business - (901) 476-8156

G. L. Teague 1997-2003*
P. O. Box 97 (W-7)
Parsons, TN 38363
Business - (731) 847-0848
Fax: (731) 847-0748

Dan Wheeler
Commissioner - TN Department of Agriculture
Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Business - (615) 837-5202
Fax: (615) 837-5333

Governor Don Sunquist (Ex-Officio Member)
State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Business - (615) 741-2001
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