(a) Native wildlife is defined as those
species which occur naturally in the wild within the geographic boundaries of
Tennessee, and whose presence is the result of those species' natural biology,
or approved stocking by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.
(b) Non-native wildlife is defined as those
species not classified as native.
(2) Endangered and Threatened Species. The
commercial use of any State or Federally endangered species is prohibited. The
commercial use of State and Federally threatened species and those species
deemed in need of management are permitted only when such species are legally
taken for the purpose of sale in the State of origin as provided in T.C.A.
Finished Products and Parts, Other Than
Meat, That May Be Bought and Sold
Finished products and parts of non-native species legally obtained in the State
of origin. No parts of black bear (Ursus americanus) taken in
Tennessee may be bought or sold. Individuals may obtain legally possessed bear
parts from other States, which allow the sale of such parts, through mail order
purchases or direct purchases which take place outside the boundaries of
Tennessee. Any individual possessing parts of bear provided for in this
exception must maintain records of legal purchase. No bear parts, including
meat, possessed under this exception may be resold within the boundaries of
(b) Finished products
and parts of legally taken white-tailed deer and wild turkey except meat and
antlers in velvet.
finished products of commercially raised native species.
(d) Finished products of reptiles (native and
non-native) that are legally acquired.
(e) Finished products and parts of native
wildlife as provided by statute.
(f) The finished products and parts of
legally taken furbearers (native and non-native)
Meat and Meat Products That May Be Bought
(a) The meat of non-native wildlife
(except fish) that are commercially raised. Records must be maintained by buyer
showing species, origin of shipment, and processor.
(b) The meat of legally obtained non-native
fish, reptiles, mollusks, commercially raised striped bass (Morone
saxatilis) X white bass (Morone chrysops) hybrid, and
commercially raised trout.
meat of native wildlife (except fish) as provided by statute or proclamation.
The sale of the carcass of groundhog is permitted.
(d) The meat of native fish and turtle
species may be bought or sold as provided by statute or proclamation.
(e) The meat of legally taken crustaceans
(crayfish, lobster, etc.).
meat and meat products of legally taken furbearers (native or
Species That May Be Bought and Sold .
Legally obtained live crustaceans (crayfish, lobster, etc.) for food.
(b) Legally imported and/or propagated
amphibians for purposes other than bait.
(c) Legally obtained live native and
non-native species may be bought and sold as provided by statute, regulation or
of Legally Taken Native Rabbits
or green hides of native rabbits may be bought or sold.
Tenn. Comp. R. &
Original rule filed June
27, 1984; effective July 27, 1984. Amendment filed February 26, 1987; effective
April 12, 1987. Amendment filed August 26, 1989; effective October 9, 1989.
Amendment filed August 9, 1993; effective October 23, 1993. Amendment filed
February 3, 1995; effective April 19, 1995. Amendment filed March 31, 2000;
effective June 14, 2000. Amendment filed October 2, 2000; effective December
16, 2000. Amendment filed February 18, 2003; effective May 4, 2003. Amendment
filed January 5, 2009; effective March 21, 2009. Amendment filed February 11,
2011; effective May 12, 2011.
Authority: T.C.A. §§
70-4-107, and 70-4-201.