More fishermen fined: In the TWRA's continued crackdown on violators of the state's fishing regulations, two Nashville men were each fined $250 and lost their fishing privileges for a year after being caught on Percy Priest Lake with several Cherokee bass (hybrids) over the limit.
The men, identified as Van Van Bui and Bing Cong Nguyen, were apprehended by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers acting on a tip.
The daily hybrid limit is two fish per angler, and the two men were caught with a total of 13.
In March four Nashville men were caught with 360 white bass (stripe) over their combined legal limit of 60 on the Cumberland River below Cheatham Dam. That case resulted in thousands of dollars in fines and court costs.
More recently, two men were caught with several under-sized crappie on Watts Bar Lake and issued citations that resulted in heavy fines and court costs.
The TWRA regulations are in place to protect the fisheries resource and to better distribute the fish among more fishermen. When violators take more fish than the rules allow, they are stealing from their fellow anglers.
Trap shoot: Howard McCaleb missed the final bird of his round but his near-perfect 49 of 50 won top honors in last week's trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.
Ray Hutcheson was top Veteran with a 48.
Sandhills drawing: Drawing for 400 sandhill crane hunting permits will be held Oct. 12 at the Birchwood Community Center in Hamilton County. Details about the process are posted on tnwildlife.org
License reminder: With several small-game seasons open and deer and turkey seasons coming soon, 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
Sept. 28-Oct. 25: deer archery season
Oct. 12-25: fall turkey season
Nov. 2-Feb. 28: rabbit, quail season
Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season
Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season
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