Young Hunter deer harvest up: Young hunters killed more deer during the Oct. 26-27 Youth Hunt than they bagged last year, according to TWRA harvest figures.
This year, 8,484 deer were tagged, up 150 from last year's total.
A second Youth Hunt will be held Jan. 11-12 following the Jan. 5 conclusion of the regular season.
Rabbit season opens: One of the most popular small-game seasons in the state, rabbit season, opened last week, and early reports are promising. Most areas of Middle Tennessee seem to have an abundant rabbit population.
The season runs through Feb. 28,with a daily limit of five.
The most popular way to hunt rabbits is with a pack of beagles, but simply walking through thick cover is an effective way to flush them. Most Wildlife Management Areas have rabbit habitat open to the public, with certain restrictions. Visit the TWRA website for information.
Winterize boats: A U.S. boating service reminds boat owners that it's time to winterize their craft. Winterizing can range from simply draining fluids to complex processes for larger boats.
Failing to take proper winterizing steps can result in expensive damage to the motor, fuel line and other parts. Area boat dealers can provide detailed information on what is recommended for a particular craft, and assist with maintance.
Trap shoot: On Nov. 16 the Cedar City Gun Club will host a trap and sheet shoot, with participants and guests asked to bring a toy to contribute to a Christmas program for Wilson County youngsters. For information contact the Gun Club or call 405-3790.
In last week's competition, Rob Mathis was one bird shy a perfect score, but his 49 still took top honors in the Gun Club's trap shoot. Timothy Whitlock was top Sub-Junior (48), Lucan Green won Junior (43), Mac McCaleb was high Veteran (47) and Kim James won the Ladies competition.
License reminder: With small game and deer seasons underway, the TWRA reminds residents that anyone born after Jan.1, 1969, must complete a Hunter Education Course in order to get a license.
For someone who neglects to take the course but wants to go hunting, a one-time exemption is available, with certain restrictions.
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
Nov. 2-Feb. 28: rabbit, quail season
Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season
Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season
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