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Larry Woody: Outdoors Notebook

Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Wildlife impact: Figures released in conjunction with last week's National Hunting & Fishing Day show the economic impact of the outdoors in Tennessee.

According to the national report, $2.9 billion was spent last year on wildlife-related recreation in the state.

That does not include another $2.5 billion generated from the recreational boating program which the TWRA also administers.

"The TWRA is acutely aware of and very proud of the economic impact of hunters and anglers in Tennessee," said Ed Carter, Executive Director of the TWRA. "It's satisfying to see the details of the report and to give credit to those who have born the cost of wildlife management over the decades. Their support has not only resulted in a number of wildlife success stories but has also contributed greatly to the quality of life in our state."

A total of 826,000 people 16 and older spent a combined total of 17 million days fioshing in Tennessee last year. Resident and non-resident anglers combined to spend an estimated $1.1 billion.

An estimated 375,000 hunters combined for 9.8 million hunting days (each hunt was classified as a separate "hunting day." They spent approximately $494 million on hunting -related activities.

Two million people watched wildlife during that period, spending an estimated $943 million on wildlife viewing and related activities.


Trap shoot: Mac McCaleb won a shootoff with Timothy Whitlock after both shot 49's in regulation to win the weekly trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Whitlock took Sub-Junior honors.

Will Meyers won the Junior competition with a 48 and Bill Robb was top Veteran with a 44.

For information about the shoot or other area shooting events contact Ben Schade at the Gun Club.


Big game check ins: With deer archery season underway and fall turkey season coming up, hunters are reminded of a new big-game check-in option this year: mobile devices.

For information about how they work visit tnwildlife.org or check the Tennessee Trapping and Hunting Guide.

Deer and turkeys can also be checked in the old-fashioned way, at a TWRA checking station on on-line on the TWRA website.

License reminder: With several small-game seasons underway and deer season at hand, the TWRA reminds residents that anyone born after Jan.1, 1969, must complete a Hunter Education Course in order to get a license.

Information about license requirements and options is available at the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org or in the current Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide, available at most outdoor outlets.


Aug. 24-Feb. 28: squirrel season

Sept. 28-Oct. 25: deer archery season

Oct. 12-25: fall turkey season

Nov. 2-Feb. 28: rabbit, quail season

Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season

Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season

PHOTOS WELCOME: Caught a big bass or bluegill, bagged a deer or turkey? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com

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