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Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Local hunter on YouTube: The dramatic hunt on which Lebanon's Mike Graves bagged a huge elk last October is posted on Tennessee Wild Side's website on a YouTube video.

The video is titled "Hard Hunt, Big Harvest."


Trap shoot: Richie Bolin broke 49 of 50 targets to win the Cedar City Gun Club's weekly trap shoot. Rob Mathis and Kerry Hale tied for second with 49's.


Archery program: The National Archery in Schools (NASP) state tournament is being held in Murfreesboro this week with over 1,500 students representing 83 schools.

The interscholastic archery program, overseen by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, was launched in 2004 with 12 schools participating. Today there are 282 schools involved.

The growth and popularity of the archery program is due to several factors, says TWRA official Don Crawford. It is affordable and challenging, and boys and girls of all ages have the potential to become skilled shooters.

Competitions are held on local, state and even national levels.

School officials seeking information about starting a program can contact Crawford at Don.Crawford@tn.gove or 615-781-6542.


Life jacket, drinking reminder: With the spring fishing and boating season underway, the TWRA reminds boaters about life jacket requirements. One approved personal flotation device per person must be aboard every boat and readily accessible -- not stored in a compartment.

Also, enforcing drunk-boating laws will continue to be a point of emphasis by TWRA officers on all public waters. Boating under the influence carries similar penalties as driving under the influence.

Details about life jacket requirements and other boating rules and regulations are available on the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org under "For Boaters." A Tennessee Boating Guide is available at most outdoor outlets.


March 29-May 11: turkey season

May 10-June 11 spring squirrel season

May 17: National Boating Safety Week

PHOTOS WELCOME: Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com

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