New gun club official: Rob Mathis is the new Trap Director of the Cedar City Gun Club, taking over for long-time official Ben Schade. Schade is organizing an interscholastic shooting program for Wilson County youth.
In last week's trap shoot, 19-degree temperatures didn't stop Kerry Hale from posting a respectable 44 for top score. Alex James won Sub-Junior (30) and Tyler Baker top Junior honors, also hitting 30 of 50 targets.
Crane update: The TWRA has finalized the tally for the state's first Sandhill Crane hunt, and reports a total of 309 birds killed. That's more than was initially reported going into the final days of the season, but still well below the 1,200 that could have been harvested.
Four hundred permits were issued, with each permit-holder allowed to take three cranes each. Slightly more than one-fourth of the available tags were filled.
Dance honored: Famed fisherman Bill Dance was recognized for his "contributions to fishing and boating" during the TWRA's recent meeting.
Dance, whose TV fishing show and fishing videos have made him arguably the nation's most recognized fisherman, has promoted sport fishing and boating safety for four decades.
Dance lives in Collierville, in West Tennessee.
License reminder: Hunting and fishing license expire Feb. 28. A wide range of licenses are available, with details listed in the Tennessee Trapping & Hunting Guide or at tnwildlife.org
There is no increase in the cost of 2014 licenses or permits, as the TWRA continues to hold the line on such expenses, despite annual increases in its cost of operation and strain on its user-funded budget.
Hunter suggestions: The TWRA will soon start planning this fall's hunting seasons and regulations, and welcomes suggestions and comments from outdoorsmen.
They can be mailed to TWRA headquarters in Nashville, or 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.
For detailed information about how to submit entries visit tnwildlife.org on call the TWRA main office in Nashville.
Feb. 7-8: Fishing & Boat Show, State Fairgrounds
Feb. 13-16: Wild Turkey Expo, Opryland
Feb. 28: squirrel season ends
Feb. 28: rabbit, quail seasons end
Feb. 28: hunting/fishing licenses expire
Dec.-March: TWRA winter trout stocking
March 29-May 11: turkey season
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