Winterize boats: The National Boating Industry reminds outdoorsmen that some of the worst of the winter are coming, and it's not too late to winterize boats or to re-check boats that were winterized earlier.
It recommends filling gas tanks completely and adding an approved winterizer to eliminate moisture inside the tank and fuel lines.
Also, keep batteries charged. If allowed to fully discharge, the batteries' life will be shortened.
Lubricate snaps and zippers, and if boats are left outdoors periodically check covers to make sure they are secure to keep out rain and snow.
For newer models, check with the dealership for detailed advice on any special care that should be taken to avoid expensive repairs later on.
Youth deer hunt: A final Young Sportsman deer hunt is set for Jan 11-12.
The regular state-wide deer season ends Jan.5.
The Young Sportsman hunt is for youngsters 6-16, and each must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 21 or older. Youths must meet Hunter Education requirements (complete a TWRA-certified course) or obtain a one-time exemption.
Details are available at tnwildlife.org and in the Tennessee Trapping & Hunting Guide.
Quota turkey hunts: The application period is underway for 2014 spring quota turkey hunts. Applications will be accepted at any license agent, TWRA regional office, or on-line at tnwildlife.org
Detailed information, including any applicable permit fees, is available on the TWRA website or in the Tennessee Trapping & Hunting Guide.
There is no quota process necessary for the state-wide turkey season on private land, or on public land where no harvest quotas are in place.
The 2014 turkey season opens March 29 and runs through May 11.
Scholastic shooting: Ben Schade is organizing a Wilson County interscholastic shooting team that will compete in state, regional and national meets. For information contact Schade at the Cedar City Gun Club.
Feb. 28: squirrel season ends
Feb. 28: rabbit, quail seasons end
Jan. 5: deer gun season ends
Jan. 11-12: Youth Deer Hunts
Dec.-March: TWRA winter trout stocking
March 29-May 11: turkey season
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