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Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody, Outdoors Writer • Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Hunter's tool box: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offers hunters detailed deer data which can be accessed through its website, tnwildlife.org

It can be opened by clicking on "Hunter's Tool Box" on the website, or reached by typing in those three key words.

The site displays the TWRA's detailed deer data, including county-by-county harvest numbers from last season -- broken down into buck/doe and antler/anterless columns -- checking stations, license agents, biological data.

Last season slightly more than 168,000 deer were taken in Tennessee, down from the 176,000 harvested in the 2013 season.

TWRA biologists believe the state's deer population has stabilized, and expect this season's numbers to be comparable to last year's.


Cedar City Straights: Wilson County youngsters can sign up for an interscholastic trap-shooting team being organized by Ben Schade.

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. For information call Schade at 615-478-8019.


Elk hunt deadline: The deadline for applying for a permit for this October's elk hunt is July 23. Information about the hunt and how to apply is posted on tnwildlife.org


Life jacket reminder: The TWRA reminds boaters that one Coast Guard-approved life jacket per person must be aboard every boat and readably accessible, not stored in a compartment. Youngsters must wear a life jacket whenever the boat is moving, including drifting, paddling or trolling.


July 23: deadline for WMA quota hunt applications

August: Tennessee Trapping & Hunting Guide available

Aug. 23: Squirrel season opens

Sept. 1: Dove season opens

Sept. 27: Deer archery season opens

Oct. 11-26: fall turkey season

Nov. 8: deer muzzleloader season opens

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