Outdoors notebook

Due to the federal government shutdown, several federal public lands and other facilities have been impacted.
Oct 10, 2013

Public facilities closed: Due to the federal government shutdown, several federal public lands and other facilities have been impacted.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which helps manage some of the land and facilities, advises sportsman that some refuges are closed to hunting and fishing, along with refuge boat ramps, roads, observation decks, hiking trails and visitors centers.

State-managed parks and facilities are not affected.

Land Between the Lakes remains open to hunting, back-country camping and hiking. However, all facilities that are normally staffed are closed. The visitor centers are closed, and the use of campgrounds is being evaluated.

Fort Campbell hunting and fishing area remain open at this time, but Big South Fork is closed to the public.

With no solution to the shutdown in immediate sight, the situation remains fluid. Anyone planning to visit one of the affected areas is advised to check ahead to see what the status of that area is at the present time.

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Near perfect score: Brian Lettrich broke 49 of 50 targets to win the weekly trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

For information about the shoot or other area shooting events contact Ben Schade at the Gun Club.

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Deer harvest: Bow hunters bagged 3,048 deer during the opening weekend, approximately 200 fewer than last year's opener.

Giles County had the biggest harvest, with 112 deer tagged.

The first segment of bow season runs through Oct. 25, and resumes Oct. 28.

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Big game check ins: With deer archery season underway and fall turkey season coming up, hunters are reminded of a new big-game check-in option this year: mobile devices.

For information about how they work visit tnwildlife.org or check the Tennessee Trapping and Hunting Guide.

Deer and turkeys can also be checked in the old-fashioned way, at a TWRA checking station on on-line on the TWRA website.

License reminder: With dove season and squirrel season at hand the TWRA reminds residents that anyone born after Jan.1, 1969, must complete a Hunter Education Course in order to get a license.

 

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

 

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

 

PHOTOS WELCOME: Caught a big bass or bluegill, bagged a deer with a bow or had a successful dove or squirrel hunt? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com

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