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Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer • Nov 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Check-in glitches: Some hunters are reportedly having trouble with automated big-game check-in procedures.

The TWRA has posted detailed information on its website (tnwildlife.org) to assist anyone having problems.

This year for the first time hunters can check in their deer and turkeys on mobile devices. A photograph of a mobile device is on the cover of the 2013 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide, with information about the process inside the magazine.

Some hunters apparently were under the impression that was the ONLY way to check in their kills. That's not the case. Deer and turkeys can still be checked in at any TWRA checking station -- including some grocery stores, sporting goods stores and CO-OPS -- around the state. A list of check-in sites is available on the Agency website.

Hunters likewise can check in their kills on the internet, which is quick and easy for those with access to a computer. Simply access the TWRA website, then click on Big Game Check-In and follow the simple instructions. After getting the knack of it, it takes perhaps two minutes to complete a check-in and print out a permanent kill tag.

A new process involving kill-tags has added to the confusion. Hunters no longer have to attack a Temporary Kill Tag to their kills, as was required in the past. They are required to check in the kills, then get a Permanent Kill Tag which is required to accompany the animal to a meat processor or taxidermist.

Again, complete details are available in Hunting Guide.


Deer gun season underway: Tennessee's gun season for deer opened last Saturday and runs through Jan. 5.

TWRA biologists predict a big harvest this year, continuing a five-year trend. Reports during the archer and muzzleloader season indicate robust deer populations in some areas, while the number of deer seems down in others.


Trap shoot: Timothy Whitlock broke 48 of 50 targets to win the weekly trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Lucas Green was top Junior (46), Bill Robb top Veteran (42) and K.J. Davis top Sub-Junior (42).

Club official Ben Schade is organizing a scholastic shooting team for Wilson County youngsters. For information contact him a bennie@lebanongunshop.com

License reminder: 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

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

Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season

Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season

Dec. 3: winter trout stocking begins

PHOTOS WELCOME: Caught a big bass or bluegill or 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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