Conservation push: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is joining the Nature Conservancy in part of a nationwide effort to focus on wildlife conservation.
The State Wildlife Action Plan (SNAP) was launched in 2005 to assess the health of each states' wildlife habitat and identify those species in greatest need of conservation before they become too rare or costly to restore.
A sizable portion of the TWRA's annual budget is devoted to its various non-game programs.
Hunting guides: The 2014 Tennessee Trapping & Hunting Guide is available at most outdoors outlets. The publication is free, and contains detailed rules and regulations for the upcoming hunting seasons.
There are no major state-wide changes from last year, but there are some changes involving certain counties. In some Midstate counties, for example, the fall turkey season has been closed. The Hunting Guide provides a county-by-county rundown.
Local trap shoot: Kerry Hale hit 49 of 50 shots to win the weekly trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.
In Class B, Jon Baker and Lucas Green tied with 43's.
Dale Anthony won Sub-Junior with a 48, Colt McKinney took Junior honors with 45 and Bob Gibson won Veteran competition with 46.
Youth trap team: Wilson County youngsters interested in the shooting sports 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.
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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