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Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer • Updated May 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Wilson County interscholastic shooting team: An interscholastic trap-shooting team for local youngsters is being organized by Ben Schade.

The team, which will be known as the Cedar City Straights, is open to youngsters age nine through high school, and will compete in state, regional and national competitions. Training will be held at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Friends of NRA recently made a donation to help fund the effort.

For information call Schade at 615-478-8019.


Trap shoot: Ben Schade won the Gun Club's weekly trap shoot, which was combined with a skeet shoot. He hit 73 of 75 targets.

Hunter Rowland was a close second with a combined score of 72.

For complete results visit cedarcitygunclub.com


Hunting season changes: A number of changes involving 2014-15 hunting season were proposed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at its recent meeting, including having no fall turkey season in Giles, Wayne and Lawrence counties. For some unknown reason, the turkey populations have plunged in those counties in recent years.

The proposed 2015 spring turkey season will remain unchanged, with an opening date of April 4.

Some counties will have anterless deer hunts this fall, and some Cumberland Plateau counties may get a bear season.

The October elk season and permit drawings remain unchanged.

All of the TWRA proposals must be approved and finalized by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its meeting later this month.


Boating reminder: National Safe Boating Week is coming up, and with boat congestion expected to be at an all-time high on area lakes, the TWRA has issued a number of safety reminders.

A point of focus will be on impaired boat operators. Boating under the influence of alcohol carries penalties similar to driving under the influence.

Also, one an approved floatation device per passenger must be aboard every boat, and easily accessible -- not stored in a compartment.


May 6: deadline for TWRA fishing regulation input

May 11: turkey season ends

May 10-June 11: spring squirrel season

May 17: National Boating Safety Week

June 7: Free Fishing Day in Tennessee

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