Trout talks: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency plans to meet with officials from the TVA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the state's popular trout-stocking program.
Currently, most of the trout released in Tennessee waters are raised at three federal fish hatcheries in Erin, Celina and Suches, Ga. The TWRA helps fund the project with proceeds from the sale of trout licenses. The TVA also provides $900,000 a year for the hatchery program.
Trout fishing provides outdoors recreation for thousands of Tennesseans, and has a major economic impact from the sale of tackle and related revenues.
There has been concern that federal revenue cutbacks could have an impact on the program's future.
Upcoming fishing events: The TWRA has a number of youth fishing events scheduled this summer, including several that coincide with the June 7 Free Fishing Day.
The list of events is posted on the TWRA website (tnwildlife.org), and the list will be periodically updated as new events are added.
Interscholastic shooting team: An interscholastic trap-shooting team for Wilson County youngsters is being organized, with Ben Schade as coach.
The Cedar City Straights is open to youngsters age nine through high school, and will compete in state, regional and national competitions. Training will be held at the Cedar City Gun Club.
For information call Schade at 615-478-8019.
May 10-June 11: spring squirrel season
June 7: Free Fishing Day in Tennessee
July 23: applications for WMA quota hunts
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