Deer harvest down: The TWRA reports 165, 378 deer checked in during the recently-completed season, with a few more expected to be added from a final Young Sportsman hunt.
That represents a considerable drop from last year's harvest of 175,996.
Biologists don't consider the decline significant enough for concern, as deer populations fluctuate somewhat from year to year. Last year's harvest, for example, was up over 9,000 from 2011.
Giles County lead the state in number of deer killed in the 2013 season with 4,942.
Trap shoot: Danny Shaw won the Cedar City Gun Club's first trap shoot of the new year with a near-perfect 49 (of 50 targets), while first-time shooter Riane Allen captured the Ladies competition.
TWRA charts course: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is undertaking a "Strategic Plan" that could determine the course the agency takes on several issues in the future, and is inviting public input.
The plan, to be unveiled at some point next year, is "unlike any previous plan implemented by the agency," according to the information office.
TWRA programs dealing with the restoration of deer and turkeys have been tremendously successful, as have been most of its fish-management projects. However, there have been some difficulties, most notably in efforts to restore the bobwhite quail, and ongoing problems with wild hog management.
Detailed information about the program is available on the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org. Comments can be emailed to TWRA.Comments@tn.gov
Photo contest: The TWRA is holding its annual Tennessee Wildlife Magazine calendar photo contest. All interested photographers are invited to submit their favorite photos of hunting, fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee for consideration.
If a photo is selected the photographer will receive $60, in addition to having his or her photograph included in the popular state-wide calendar.
For detailed information about how to submit entries visit tnwildlife.org on call the TWRA main office in Nashville.
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
The 2014 turkey season opens March 29 and runs through May 11.
Feb. 28: squirrel season ends
Feb. 28: rabbit, quail seasons end
Dec.-March: TWRA winter trout stocking
March 29-May 11: turkey season
PHOTOS WELCOME: Caught a big bass or bluegill or bagged a buck or a duck? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org