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Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer • Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:59 PM

No major fishing changes: The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission set the 2014 sport fishing regulations last week during its monthly meeting, with no majors changes.

A 15-inch sauger limit was imposed for Kentucky Lake, and a 50-inch musky limit on the Caney Fork River.

The Commission also plans a "Bear Wise Program" to "educate the public on dealing with bears," as the animals' population continues to grow and the move into more areas of the state.

The continued decline of the bob-white quail was discussed but apparently there were no solutions offered to try to reverse the trend.

The Commission's next meeting will be held Dec. 5-6 at TWRA headquarters in Nashville.


Hot shots: Kerry Hale broke 48 of 50 targets to top a field of 12 shooters in the weekly trap shoot at Cedar City Gun Club.

Billy Robb won Veterans honors with a 42, Lucas Green was top Junior (43) and Tim Whitelock won Sub-Junior (45).


Turkey tally: After a slow opening weekend, the harvest of all turkeys picked up, with 1,347 birds checked by mid-week last week. The season closed Oct. 25 and the TWRA will issue a final count sometime soon.

The first segment of deer archery season also ended Oct. 25 and although the count had not been tallied, 13,513 were checked in entering the final days.


Area officer honored: TWRA wildlife officer Jonathan Lee, whose assignment includes Rutherford County, has been named the top wildlife officer in the Southeast.

A national panel of their peers make the selections, based on "ability to communicate with the public, create educational opportunities about the outdoors, and provide law enforcement that helps assure sound wildlife and fish management."

Lee is a native of Byrdstown, a graduate of Tennessee Tech, and an Iraq War veteran. He and wife Brittany have a two-year-old son and another due soon.


Center Hill fish kill: The Corps of Engineers has discovered a number of dead walleye on Center Hill Lake, and there are concerns that the suspected cause(s) -- low oxygen levels and warm water -- could impact trout that live below the dam in the Caney Fork River.

A Corps spokesman the situation is being monitored, and all efforts will be made to lessen the impact on the river fish, including adjusting water releases.


Aug. 24-Feb. 28: squirrel season

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

Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season

Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season

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