Posted 06 August 2006 - 09:35 PM
Posted 20 February 2008 - 11:37 AM
No fish may be collected for the purpose of display or education. Any fish native to Tennessee that are kept for display or education must be accompanied by receipts showing that they have been purchased legally.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:28 PM
Posted 15 March 2008 - 08:58 AM
What he forgot to mention was the caveat "for display within the state boundary of Tennessee", which is only found in the Wildlife Code, not in the fishing regulations. But now you know about the Wildlife Code, so if you keep fish in TN on display, you've now got intent, and I'm sorry I had to post this.
It's legal to collect non-game fishes without a conservation status in the state of TN with a fishing license and up to a 10' seine as "bait".
There is no law prohibiting transportaiton of the bait from water body to water body in the state of TN.
There is no law prohibiting transportation of the bait collected across the state line.
If the recieving states that you will drive the bait through or are destined for have no law prohibiting the transportation of live fish, and the species you've collected as bait are not species that are illegal to posses in your state (fishes with conservation status for example), you're scott free.
To be 1000% honest, I think the measures that this has had to be thought through are disgusting. I feel like some greedy ol' white guy crawling through tax law looking for loop holes. Blech. And it makes me even more sick that for everyone to know the laws, I have to bring attention to what portions they should seal if they don't want anything leaving the state. But that's fine, the species that can ethically be collected from the Tennessee River drainage are all found in the Paint Rock River (although I'll miss my duck and cherry darters), and Alabama will never elevate any laws. The next real hurdle will probably be states shutting down their lines to live fish transportion with the VHS scare.
But to consider that it is NOT illegal for some guy to let his cows wander right into a stream in the upper portions of the Duck and Collins Rivers, for example, yet it IS illegal for a NATURE CENTER in the vicinity to have a tank of redline darter, duck darter, and longear sunfish to show people what those cows are extirpating... Well, I think that's just wrong.
Brian Wagner has provided a slam dunk of an example of HOW to do things next door in Arkansas. He'd be a good example for these guys to watch.
Anyway... What's Bruce say? Your mileage may vary.
Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:36 AM
Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:32 PM
Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:40 PM
I really hate that these laws are not presented to us in a way that we can all easily decipher.
Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:27 PM
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