Ellington Agricultural Center
5105 Edmondson Pk.
Nashville, TN 37211
(get driving directions)
Region II is one of four regions within TWRA’s statewide organization. Wildlife officers reside in the 25 counties that comprise Region II, but the regional headquarters is located in the Ellington Agricultural Center in south Davidson County. Wildlife managers, biologists, dispatchers, and secretaries work in the office and routinely coordinate with Middle Tennessee wildlife officers and field staff of wildlife management areas, fish crews, TWRA lakes, hatcheries, and shooting ranges.
In addition, the Region II headquarters also includes TWRA’s sales office where hunters, anglers, and boaters can stop by during weekday business hours and purchase hunting/fishing licenses, permits, or boat registrations. Our office is open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will continue working to reach a solution with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the federal agency’s plan to restrict boat access below Cumberland River dams. However, the TWRA will not provide enforcement to the Corps if it imposes permanent waterborne restrictions, according to the state agency’s executive director.
“We understand the Corps of Engineers wants our waters to be safe and so do we,” said TWRA’s Ed Carter. “However, we believe that creating restrictions below dams should be conditioned based and not 100 percent of the time. If there is a lot of water pouring through the spill gates, we can understand restrictions on hazardous days. Otherwise, our boating accident reports indicate anglers have a good safety record below dams and we do not see a rational reason to prevent them from fishing there.”
Carter noted that Tennessee has a mandatory life jacket law whenever anyone fishes or boats below a dam. It has been in place since 1989 and there have been six boating-related deaths below Cumberland River dams during that 24-year period.
The TWRA, which provides boating enforcement across Tennessee, has asked the Nashville District office of the Corps of Engineers to reconsider its implementation plan, but the Corps has continued to move forward and today issued a press release stating it would be “coordinating enforcement of the restrictions with” the fish and wildlife agencies in Tennessee and Kentucky.
“We definitely want to coordinate with them, but we want the Corps to continue allowing boat access below our dams as has been allowed for decades,” said Carter. “The TWRA commission, thousands of anglers, our U.S. senators in Tennessee, all of our U.S. congressmen with Cumberland River dams in their districts, and members of both houses of our state legislature, have opposed permanent restrictions."
Anyone possessing or using any type of firearm on Fort Campbell must have it registered through Gate 4 in advance of hunting on the base. In the past hunters could bring any legal weapon to hunt on post without getting the weapon registered. You can still purchase your hunting license without getting a gun registered, but before any hunter brings a gun on post it must be registered prior to the hunt.
All forms can be downloaded from the Fort Campbell website,filled out, and brought to Gate 4 off Fort Campbell Blvd. in Oak Grove, KY. The process has been taking approximtely 5 to 6 min.