Outdoors notebook

Tennessee's Hunters for the Hungry program reached a milestone during the recent deer season: the amount of venison donated over the past 16 years surpassed one million pounds.
Mar 28, 2014

 

Friends of NRA banquet: Tickets are  available for the April 4 Friends of NRA banquet and auction at the James Ward Ag Center. It starts at 5:30 p.m., and any available tickets will be sold at the door.

For tickets or information call 615-533-8721.

Proceeds help support the shooting sports and related activities, including several in Wilson County.

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Trap shoot: Howard McCaleb edged Kerry Hale in the Cedar City Gun Club's weekly trap shoot. McCaley shot at 46 and Hale a 45.

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One million pounds of venison: Tennessee's Hunters for the Hungry program reached a milestone during the recent deer season: the amount of venison donated over the past 16 years surpassed one million pounds.

Overseen by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the program encourages hunters to donate a deer -- or portion of a deer -- to be processed and donated to organizations that feed the needy.

Contributions have increased in recent years due to two factors: more deer are being harvested, and more hunters are being made aware of the beneficial program and learning how to participate.

Last season more than 2,300 whole deer were donated, with an additional 30,000 pounds of smaller donations. That venison was processed into about a half-million meals.

The donated venison must be processed by a licensed meat processor. It is then picked up and distributed by various charitable agencies, such as the Second Harvest Food Bank.

For information about participating in this season's program visit the Tennessee Wildlife Federal Website.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is conducting its annual fisherman's survey on the Tennessee River to gauge the amount of use, type of fishing done and so on.

Fishermen will be asked about the hours spent fishing, their financial investment, type of fishing the prefer, and other information.

The data will be used by the TVA to make management decisions about the waters.

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License reminder: spring fishing season is underway, and turkey season opens March 29. Hunters and fishermen are reminded that last year's license expired the end of February.

They can be renewed on-line or at most outdoors stores.

 

OUTDOORS CALENDAR:

 

March: TWRA winter trout stocking continues

March 29-May 11: turkey season

April 4: Friends of NRA banquet

May 10-June 11 spring squirrel season

 

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